Marcus Leshock

Marcus Leshock is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and television host who joined WGN-TV as a feature reporter in 2009. Since September 2013, Marcus has been a regular contributor to WGN Morning News each day from 4-6 am. Prior to WGN Morning News, Marcus’ “Leshock Value” segments aired on WGN Evening News, featuring the latest on food, fashion, technology, social media, sports, entertainment and news.

Before joining WGN, Marcus was the host of Metromix on CLTV, a nightly entertainment show focusing on movies, music, fashion, food and pop culture. His reporting and hosting has taken him all over the world, hosting travel specials from Napa Valley, California, to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Marcus is also very active online and on social media. You can follow his constant updates in the field on Twitter (@MarcusLeshock), Facebook ( and YouTube (, where his video features have generated millions of views.

Marcus has won four Emmy Awards for his reporting and hosting work. He was named CLTV’s Employee of the Year in 2008, as well as WGN’s Employee of the Month in April of 2010. He was named Northern Illinois University’s Distinguished Journalism Alumni of the Year in 2010.

Marcus earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Communication from NIU. While at NIU, he worked at the school’s newspaper, Northern Star, where he edited “The Weekender” entertainment section. He also contributed entertainment reports at the Northern Television Center.

He currently serves as an adjunct instructor at DePaul University’s College of Communication.

When Marcus isn’t working, he’s at home with his wife chasing their two children around the house and loving every minute of it.

Recent Articles
  • Marcus rides world’s fastest, first launching wooden roller coaster at Dollywood

  • Marcus shares his fave moments with Lourdes, Demetrius before their big move to evening news

  • PHOTOS: Severe weather in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Severe weather moved through the Chicago area Monday morning. If you have a photo to share, upload it by clicking the red submit button below. All photos must be approved before they display on the website. For the latest updates, go to

  • Ollie the Jack Russell lost the dog show but won hearts

    The most memorable dog at the dog show had no chance of winning. Ollie the Jack Russell Terrier wins hearts with a terrible run in the agility course at Crufts Dog Show over the weekend.

  • Restaurant serves authenic Irish breakfast in honor of St. Patrick’s Day

    The Palmer House Hilton’s Lockwood restaurant will be serving an authentic Irish breakfast in honor of this upcoming St. Patrick’s Day. WGN’s Marcus Leshock talks to the chef, who is from Dublin, about what an “authentic” meal consists of.

  • 2 cars from Berwyn’s famous ‘Spindle’ for sale on eBay

    BERWYN, Ill. — You have the chance to own a piece of Berwyn history. Two of the cars from the famous 50-foot “Spindle” are up for sale on eBay. The Berwyn Arts Council has been in possession of the 1967 Volkswagen Beetle and 1976 BMW after the sculpture was taken down by the owners of the Cermak Plaza shopping center in 2008. The council can’t afford to store the cars anymore, so they put them on eBay. The cars do not […]

  • Behind the scenes at Six Flags’ new 4D free-fly coaster The Joker

    GURNEE, Ill. — A new rollercoaster is coming soon to Six Flags Great America and thrill seekers are in for a twisted ride. WGN’s roller coaster enthusiast Marcus Leshock got a behind-the-scenes look at the construction of the park’s new 4D free-fly coaster called The Joker. Six Flags opens April 29, and The Joker should be ready to ride by Memorial Day weekend.

  • WGN’s Marcus Leshock trains for the Fight for Air Climb

    The American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Stair Climb is a week from Sunday. thousands of people come out for this at the presidential towers. We talked with one of the top climbers, Nick Oyenik, he climbs in honor of his grandmother who passed away from lung cancer. Nick’s is a 17-time climber who finishes in the top 10 percent and he gave Marcus Leshock some tips on how to boost your stair climb time. Join the WGN-TV Stair Climb […]

  • WGN’s Marcus Leshock shares his list of favorite places in the Far North Suburbs

    This week we’re taking a look at our anchors favorite places in their neighborhoods. It’s time to head to the Far Northern Suburbs to check out the spots Marcus Leshock dubbed as his favorite: 5. Jones Island Park , Grayslake Jones Island Park is a hidden gem in Grayslake. The recently renovated park still features a playground along with sand volleyball courts, a boat ramp, and access to fishing channels. 4. Bobby’s Barrel Inn, Volo Bobby’s Barrel Inn is one of those […]

  • Chicago couple turns to Facebook to grow their family

    CHICAGO — We hear a lot about the bad things that can happen on social media — but the connection it provides can do a lot of good. WGN’s Marcus Leshock met a couple in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood who turned to Facebook to grow their family — and Facebook did just that. Watch their story in the video player above Tina and Rich Peterson will be telling their adoption story at the Forever Family Gala. It’s being held by their […]