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
  • TRENDING: Protecting your stuff from hackers, Best burgers, New Madden game glitches

    WGN Reporter Marcus Leshock takes a look at what’s trending online.

  • Record-breaking coasters opening from coast to coast

  • Chicago celebrates and honors Little League team

    The streets of Chicago were filled with pride during Wednesday morning’s celebrations for Jackie Robinson West. The city celebrated the team’s Little League National Championship with a rally and a parade.

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    Second to None: City cheers for Jackie Robinson West

    Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West lost to South Korea in the Little League World Series championship game Sunday. JRW’s amazing run ended with a 8-4 loss. A parade for the team will take place in the city on Wednesday.  It will begin on the South Side and end at Millennium Park.  The exact times will be announced later.  

  • Jackie Robinson West team reacts to call from President Obama

    Jackie Robinson West could not hold back South Korea’s offense at the Little League World Series. JRW kept it close until the last inning when South Korea scored four more runs. That gave them a seven run lead. JRW tried to come back, but they could only score three runs before South Korea got the final out and the championship. WGN’s Marcus Leshock talked to the players after the game in Williamsport, Pa.

  • JRW Coach: We’re coming home, Chicago

    Head coach of Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West speaks to WGN’s Marcus Leshock about the team’s World Series run, a call from President Obama and what coming home to Chicago will mean to his players

  • Jackie Robinson West wins U.S. finals in World Series

    Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West wins U.S finals in Little League World Series. In the bottom of the first inning, JRW was down 3 to nothing against Nevada when Trey Hondras sends one over the right field wall for a 2 run homer. Josh Houston pitched three straight score-less innings… allowing the team to take the lead. Fast forward to the bottom of the fifth inning, the score is tied at 5, Brandon Green hits a grounder to third which is […]

  • Jackie Robinson West plays today in the Little League World Series U.S. final

    The U.S. final, which begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC-7, marks the farthest a Chicago team has advanced since North Roseland played for the title in 1967. There will be two public viewing parties for today’s championship game: 1.  South Side at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center at 1250 W. 119th Street. 2. In the Loop on State Street between Randolph and Lake Streets.

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    Jackie Robinson West wins, advances to American finals

    Jackie Robinson West wins and advances to World Series American final. They faced 13-year-old phenom Mo’ne Davis and the team from Pennsylvania in the U.S. semifinal game of the Little League World Series. JRW will compete against Nevada on Saturday and the chance to represent the United States in the championship game. Mayor Emanuel issued a statement saying, “Once again, the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars have showed why they are the pride of Chicago.  Congratulations to Coach Butler and his team […]

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    Team ‘uncles’ help JRW settle in during World Series week

    Ed Weinhoffer and Richard Smith have lived in the Williamsport area for 40 years, but for a few weeks every summer, they’re known by another name: Uncle Ed has been a Little League World Series “Uncle” for three decades. Think of it as a team’s host – with the squad from the time their bus pulls up, to the time it pulls away. Every volunteer uncle is randomly paired with one team for its entire stay. This year, Ed and […]


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