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 (facebook.com/leshock) and YouTube (youtube.com/mjleshock), 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
  • Woodstock Square to become Wizarding World for Harry Potter celebration

    WOODSTOCK, Ill. — Woodstock Square is transforming into the “Wizarding World of Woodstock” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book. Downtown Woodstock is transforming some of its famous landmarks into the book’s most memorable places. The Woodstock Opera House will serve as the event’s nucleus—Hogwarts, according to the Northwest Herald. Quidditch in the park, a mini Hogwarts Express, a costume parade, and even some owls from the conservation district will be at the event on July 27. […]

  • PAWS Chicago looking for foster homes for 38 kittens

    CHICAGO — The PAWS-Chicago-Medical Center has an overflow of kittens, and there is not enough space to rescue more from the city pound. The organization is looking for foster families to commit to a two-week foster home for 38 adorable kittens. If interested in fostering a kitten, you can fill out an application at:  www.pawschicago.org For more information, go to: PAWS Chicago

  • Watch Garth Brooks serenade grandma, give her guitar on eve of her 89th birthday

    LAFAYETTE, La. — Garth Brooks gave an 89-year-old fan a birthday to remember. During the first weekend of July at his concert in Lafayette, Louisiana, Brooks spotted a fan in the crowd on the eve of her 89th birthday. A woman named Laura was holding up a sign that read, “Elvis was my last concert” — that made an appearance on the jumbotron. Laura attended an Elvis Presley concert over 40 years ago, also in Louisiana. Brooks decided to serenade […]

  • What’s new at Illinois’ largest water park ‘Raging Waves’

    WGN’s Marcus Leshock made a visit to Illinois’ largest water park — “Raging Waves” in Yorkville — to check out what’s new there this summer. Check it out, go to: www.ragingwaves.com

  • $300K raised for Christian musician Nathan Johnson who lost wife hours after childbirth

    NASHVILLE — Christian musician Nathan Johnson got to meet his first child not knowing that hours later he’d be saying goodbye to his wife. Nathan Johnson and his wife Megan welcomed Eilee Kate into the world early Tuesday morning. Just a few hours after her birth, Megan suffered complications and passed away. Megan survived a heart transplant seven years ago the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Pregnancies after having a heart transplant are considered high risk for both the mother and […]

  • 12-year-old rides roller coasters as part of ‘Be Brave Challenge’

    12-year-old Logan Joiner and his dad Jeff are traveling the country riding roller coasters as a part of the ‘Be Brave Challenge’, which helps inspire kids to conquer their fears. “We challenge people to do something they’re afraid of. Do something that makes them uncomfortable… every time they do something like that, they’re always so proud of themselves,” Logan told WGN. “That’s something that makes me feel great.” When we caught up with them at Six Flags Great America, the […]

  • Volunteers rescue injured birds that have crashed into Chicago buildings

    CHICAGO – Did you know that every morning a large group of volunteers walks the Chicago Loop looking to rescue birds that have collided with Chicago buildings? Hoping to nurse the injured birds back to health, Annette Prince, the director of the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, and several other volunteers, collect the injured birds and take them to Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, where they help give these birds a second chance. “It’s so rewarding to know that we […]

  • Dad wears special Pokemon tie to son’s high school graduation

    When Dylan Olivo was in first grade, he made a Pokemon tie for his father. Now Dylan is 18, and graduating from high school. On his son’s big day, his father surprised him by wearing the tie. #TodaysWinner could be Dylan Olivo's Dad who wore a tie his son had made in 1st grade to his graduation 11 years later! #AllTheFeels pic.twitter.com/AzbbacYAtQ — Jo and Sparky 📻 (@joandsparky) June 5, 2017 A photo of the father and son was posted […]

  • 10-year-old cancer survivor rides ‘The Joker’ with Marcus Leshock

    GURNEE, Ill. — WGN’s Marcus Leshock had the opportunity to test out a new ride with a 10 year-old who’s braved the scariest of roll coasters as well as cancer. Brandon Otte, from Shorewood, Illinois, is in remission after being diagnosed with Langerhand cell histicytosis (LCH), a rare form of cancer, and having a brain tumor removed just last year. Marcus had the opportunity to accompany him on his first ever “Raging Bull” ride in the middle of his battle last […]

  • Parents launch #MissinginManchester Twitter campaign to find missing children

    MANCHESTER — Parents are trying to locate their missing teens with help from social media after a terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The Twitter hashtags “Missing in Manchester” and “Manchester Missing” are being used to track down loved ones. No matter what your politics are, please help reunite these lost kids with their families. #Manchester pic.twitter.com/YNcT0FaCUP — lucyhuang (@LucyHuang_) May 23, 2017 Olivia Campbell, 15, is among the missing. She went the to concert last night with […]