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
  • Take a ride on Great America’s new virtual reality ride ‘Drop of Doom’

    GURNEE, Ill. — Guests at Six Flags Great America will have the chance for a different kind of scare. The park’s newest attraction features a virtual reality ride where thrill seekers have to survive giant spiders.  It’s called the “Drop of Doom.” You get to man a futurist gunship in a battlefield and fight the huge spiders — not a good experience if you suffer from arachnophobia. The attraction opens Saturday, and Marcus Leshock tested it out Friday morning. Check out his ride […]

  • Samsung releases Galaxy S8 following Note 7 disaster

    CHICAGO — Many were wondering if Samsung could bounce back from the Note 7 disaster. The company is now debuting the Samsung Galaxy S8. The smartphone was released last week and WGN’s Marcus Leshock went to the AT&T store on Michigan Avenue to check it out. The phone has some notable new and improved features, including the company’s biggest display screen yet. “This [screen] is a real game-changer…. and as an entertainment company, we know that our customers like to watch their movies and […]

  • Man uses social media to expose history of suburban Yorkville

    YORKVILLE, Ill. — Over the years, Thomas Milschewski has collected old photographs of Yorkville, a small town located west of Chicago, from friends and neighbors. And recently, he’s figured out a way to connect these historic images to the settings Yorkville residents see every day. Thomas posts his mashups on the Facebook page Yorkville Then & Now in the descriptions he writes more about the story behind each old photo. Thomas believes that it is important to shed light on towns […]

  • WGN’s Nancy Loo participates in road trip for charity

    CHICAGO —Talk about driving for a cause! WGN Morning News checked in with Nancy Loo Tuesday morning, who’s traveling across the country for a good cause. She is competing for charity in the Nissan “Rogue Trip” to New York City. Nancy and her team #ChicagonistaLIVE, which consists of her best friends, are driving across the country to the New York International Auto Show, while stopping at some unusual roadside attractions on the way. In total, 10 teams are competing for $5000 prize for […]

  • 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 ChicagoWeatherCenter.com.

  • 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 […]