Marcus Leshock
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Since September 2013, Marcus Leshock is a regular contributor to the Early Morning Newscasts each day from 4-6 pm. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and television host who joined WGN-TV as a feature reporter in 2009. He previously featured all of the interesting people, places, and trends around the Chicagoland area on WGN Evening News. Food, fashion, technology, social media, sports, entertainment, and news - if Chicago is talking about it, it's been on his "Leshock Value" segment.

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, celebrity interviews and movie reviews have generated more than 7 million 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 B.A. and M.A. in Communication from NIU; while in school, he worked at the Northern Star newspaper where he edited "The Weekender" entertainment section, as well as contributing 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
  • What’s Trending: Cecil the Lion memorial Beanie Baby, Apple providing wireless service, Stanley Cup Tracker in Canada

    Today’s trending stories on the Leshock Value.

  • WGN reporter talks about storm damage in his neighborhood

    Marcus Leshock shared his personal experience with the storm and the damage from it in Grayslake.

  • Lollapalooza isn’t just for kids

    CHICAGO — Lollapalooza is not just for the kids, there is something for music lovers of all ages. Marcus Leshock has the story.  

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    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

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    Lollapalooza Day 3: Fest paused but doesn’t miss a beat

    CHICAGO – Lollapalooza 2015 official takes its place in history. The threat of severe weather interrupted the festival Sunday afternoon, but fans and musicians were able to pick up where the left off and the fest resumed. That is until about four hours later when concerns over weather rose again.   Officials monitored weather and moved up set times for remaining acts. In the end Florence and The Machine, Kygo and Bassenectar closed out Lolla on the main stages. Below is a […]

  • Lollapalooza gates reopen after weather evacuation

    CHICAGO — Lollapalooza is back on after being evacuated due to severe weather. WGN’s Marcus LeShock, who is at the music festival, tweeted the news of the evacuation Sunday afternoon. #Lollapalooza is being evacuated due to approaching severe weather. Just made announcement over the speakers. — Marcus Leshock (@marcusleshock) August 2, 2015 Lollapalooza issued the following statement: Due to an approaching storm and warnings from the National Weather Service (NWS), Lollapalooza organizers have suspended the festival for a short period.  Festival-goers are […]

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    Lollapalooza Day 2: Sandman cometh

    CHICAGO — Lollapalooza 2015 Day 2 ends with a little drama and a lot of rock. Metallica, tonight’s headliner, put on a monster set to close out the night. Soulful singer Sam Smith and Alesso, on Perry’s Stage,  also headlined Day 2. And speaking of Perry’s stage, Travi$ Scott’s set this afternoon started late, was cut short and ended with Travi$ himself under arrest. Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management released a statement Saturday evening saying: The performer played one song […]

  • Ryn Weaver at Lollpalooza (photo by Marcus Leshock/WGN News)

    PHOTOS: Ryn Weaver at Lollapalooza

    Ryn Weaver plays early in Day 2 of Lollapalooza 2015.

  • Alabama Shakes at Lollapalooza Day 1 (photo by Dietrich Zeigler)

    Lollapalooza 2015: Day 1 in the books

    CHICAGO –Day 1 of Lollapalooza has come to an end. Thousands of fans took over Grant Park for headliners Paul McCartney, The Weeknd and Flying Lotus plus sets from favorites Alabama Shakes, First Aid Kit, Tove Lo and more. Below is a recap of Day 1 including photos and videos. Join us again tomorrow for more from Grant Park.

  • Sober Side tent at Lollapalooza provides support for addiction and alcoholism


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