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.

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    Matthew McConaughey gives UT students safe ride home in golf cart

    AUSTIN, Texas — Matthew McConaughey is making sure some college students at his alma mater get home all right, all right, all right. The Oscar winner took a turn behind the wheel of a golf cart on the University of Texas campus Monday night to raise awareness about a program to ensure students don’t have to walk home alone. The university’s student government posted a video showing students’ delighted reaction to seeing the actor pull up. McConaughey also took time […]

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    Holiday adoption event clears out Humane Society of Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS — Some cats and dogs are especially thankful after this Thanksgiving weekend. The Humane Society of Indianapolis held a “Home for the Pawlidays” event where they waived all adoption fees for their animals. According to a post on the shelter’s Facebook page, every single animal there has found a new home. It was a black Friday special, but now the shelter says it will continue the special for Cyber Monday, with even more animals to adopt between 1 and 4 p.m.

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    Young man raises money to help homeless in Humboldt Park

    CHICAGO — A young man is raising money to give back to the homeless in the city’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. When Lucas Virella was in high school at Lane Tech High School a few years back, he started a project he calls Help the Homeless. He raises money, then goes shopping for winter clothing, and also fills bags with granola bars, first aid materials and more. Then he hands them out to the homeless in the humboldt park area at […]

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    Everything you need to know about tonight’s Chicago Christmas Tree Lighting

    CHICAGO — The 103rd annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is tonight at 6 p.m. It’s happening on the corners of Michigan Avenue and Washington Street near Millennium Park. The event will feature performances by STOMP, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical, the Chicago Community Chorus, Santa & Mrs. Claus, and more. The tree comes from the Scholla family of Wauconda, Illinois — they will help flip the switch on their 69-foot Norway Spruce. The tree will be adorned with 48,375 multi-colored lights (8,375  LED […]

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    New smart phone app ‘Gift A Meal’ is changing how we give back

    Gift A Meal is a new local phone app that is partnering with Chicago area restaurants to make a difference in the lives of people in need. According to the app’s CEO Andrew Glantz, every time a user uploads a photo of a meal at a partnered restaurant, Gift A Meal donates the equivalent of one meal worth of food to the Lakeview Pantry in Chicago. For more information on Gift A Meal click here.

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    Lost mini horse that stole the Internet’s heart has returned home safely

    OKEECHOBE, Fla. — The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office made an adorable discovery this week — a mini horse named “Little Sammy” that was found roaming properties in the area. Deputies posted photos of the mini horse on their Facebook page on Tuesday, saying that, “If the above livestock is not redeemed within 3 days from the date hereof, it shall be offered for adoption, auction, or disposed of humanely. ” After the  mini horse’s story went viral on social media, “Little Sammy” was […]

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    Chicago V.A. food bank just one of many that needs donations

    The WGN food drive is coming up on Thursday. WGN’s Marcus Leshock went to visit one of the many food pantries the Greater Chicago Food Depository holds all year. This one is for veterans in need. You can stop by our studios at 2501 West Bradley Place from 5-10 Thursday and bring a donation. All donated non-perishable food will go to the Greater Chicago Food Depository and Northern Illinois Food Bank.

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    Teen with autism leads high school’s football team to league championship

    SAN FERNANDO, Calif. — A 16-year-old boy with autism led his California high school’s football team to a league championship after he kicked the winning field goal. According to KTLA, when the score tied 13-13 and four seconds left on the clock, Alec Messing entered the game to kick a 32-yard field goal to help San Fernando High School beat Sylmar High School. Due to Alec’s special needs he doesn’t actually attend San Fernando High School, he instead goes to The […]

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    Local family farm is now producing duck eggs

    In the Northern suburbs a family farm that specializes in producing pastured duck eggs has become so popular they can hardly keep up with the demand. Duck Tail Farms located in Grayslake and has become the talk of the town. The farm has about 100 ducks and sales their pasteurized eggs for about $12 a dozen.  You can find them at the Radical Root Organic Farmers Market in Libertyville on the weekends. The eggs are also used on the menu at restaurants […]

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    Wheaton organization helping to house veterans

    Today we celebrate Veterans Day. There are a lot of veterans who are struggling — so our Marcus Leshock went to visit an organization in the Western Suburbs that is helping vets get back on their feet. Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, located in Wheaton, is a veterans organization whose mission is to provide veterans and their families with housing and supportive services that lead to self-sufficiency. This year the shelter has been able to help 400 veterans who face homelessness. […]