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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    Chicago couple turns to Facebook to grow their family

    CHICAGO — We hear a lot about the bad things that can happen on social media — but the connection it provides can do a lot of good. WGN’s Marcus Leshock met a couple in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood who turned to Facebook to grow their family — and Facebook did just that. Watch their story in the video player above Tina and Rich Peterson will be telling their adoption story at the Forever Family Gala. It’s being held by their […]

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    WGN’s Marcus and Lourdes celebrate ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’

    In honor of ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’, Lourdes Duarte and Marcus Leshock went out and celebrated by performing acts of kindness to people around Chicago. Watch the video in the player above

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    Program provides special needs teens with internships that prepare them for adult life

    Lincolnshire — A program called Project Search helps teens with developmental and cognitive disabilities transition from school life to adult life by placing them in internships with local businesses. As part of the program, some teens were placed at the Sedgebrook Senior Living Community in Lincolnshire. They work three 10-week internships, doing things like office work, painting rooms for residents and working in records. “Before I started this, I was kind of apprehensive at first about doing it, but then when I started […]

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    Dating expert with tips on how to boost your online dating profile

    The share of people who use online dating has tripled since 2013. It’s getting easier to find love online — there is a site for pretty much everybody these days. WGN’s Marcus Leshock talked to dating expert Bela Gandhi from the Smart Dating Academy and got some tips to boost your online profile. For more information, go to:

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    The Nokia 3310 is making a come back: report

    The greatest cellular telephone of all time is reportedly coming back — the Nokia 3310! The first to report the return of the Nokia 3310 is VentureBeat. Do you remember this thing? You could throw it off a building and it would survive. It had games like Snake on it. Seventeen years later, the company is expected to announce its rebirth on Feb 26. It will sell for about $60.

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    Tablet helps seniors stay connected with loved ones

    The older you get, the harder it is to keep up with technology. WGN’s Marcus Leshock went to meet the people behind a new tablet that is helping seniors stay connected with their loved ones. Watch the video in the player above For more information, check out:  Comfort Keepers (312) 470-6070 grandPad (800) 704-9412

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    2 Chicago area middle schoolers create slim-making business

    It’s one of the hottest fads right now. On Instagram alone, there are more than 1.6 million posts about slime — kids everywhere are making it! WGN’s Marcus Leshock caught up with two local middle schoolers, Zoe and Caitlyn, who are trying to turn it into a business and call it, “Chicago Slime.” For more info, go to: Watch the video in the player above

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    Fast-casual Hooters restaurant ‘Hoots’ coming to Cicero

    CICERO, Ill. — Hooters is launching a new fast-casual concept restaurant right here in Chicagoland. Hoots, A Hooters Joint will open in Cicero in mid-February. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Hoots will be a 2,800 square foot location with 75 seats and a full service bar. All of those orange booty shorts and tight shirts you’re used to from Hooters will be gone. The chain will just be focusing on the greatest hits of the Hooters menu. It will be a […]

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    ‘Father of Pac-Man’ Masaya Nakamura has died

    TOKYO — The Japanese games company Bandai Namco says Masaya Nakamura, the “Father of Pac-Man” who founded the Japanese video game company behind the hit creature-gobbling game, has died at age 91. Nakamura, who died on Jan. 22, held an honorary position at Bandai Namco, formed in 2005 from a merger of two game companies. He founded Namco in 1955. Its beginnings were humble — just two mechanical horses on the rooftop of a department store. Pac-Man, designed by video […]

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    Young woman’s Chicago company makes eating healthy easier

    One young entrepreneur who wanted to make it easier for people to eat healthy has now launched her own company, based right here in Chicago. WGN’s Marcus Leshock has her story. More info: