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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    History behind Geneva, Illinois

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    Local woman creates doll company for curly haired, multi-toned skin girls

    When south side native Margaret Fitzpatrick noticed that young girls with curly hair and diverse skin tones weren’t represented well in the doll community, she had the idea to create her very own. Being an entrepreneur her whole life, Fitzpatrick decided to launch Curly Girls United with the purpose to embrace young girls with kicky, curly hair and different skin tones. “Most children have brown eyes,” Fitzpatrick said. “Most children have texture to their hair and have various skin tones. […]

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    70-year-old Indian woman gives birth to first child

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    Marcus puts mom to the test to see how well she really knows WGN Morning News

    WGN reporter Marcus Leshock’s mom and dad joined the Morning News today, a day before they’ll be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary! Marcus says his mom is an avid watcher of WGN Morning News, so he puts her to the test with a little trivia. Watch the video in the player above  

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    The evolution of the Smartphone

    There was a time in the not too distant past where the phone in your pocket just made phone calls. Then the smartphone came along. Now a majority of adults in the United States own some sort of Smartphone. They can do everything your computer can do. But is that enough anymore? WGN’s Marcus Leshock takes a look.

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    WGN reporter rides Cedar Point’s new roller coaster so we don’t have to

    It’s a good thing WGN reporter Marcus Leshock loves roller coasters — because the Morning Show got a front row seat on one of the newest coasters at Cedar Point. The new dive roller coaster, called the Valravn, takes riders up 220-feet before making them look over the edge of a 214-foot, 90-degree drop for four seconds. Then you dive and roll through a course full of inversions. The debut of the new coaster is this weekend, May 7 and May 8, […]

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    Cowboy boot sandals: business up top, party on the bottom

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    Pastor in Sauk Village creates line of sauces for charitable cause

    In WGN’s “Mr. Brightside” segment, we meet people who are doing great things around the area, and tell you how you can help out at home. Today we meet David Simonetti, a priest with his own line of charitable sauces. It wasn’t until he was 33-years-old when Father Simonetti decided to pursue the priesthood He is an associate pastor at St. James Catholic Church in Sauk Village. Father Simonetti is frequently coming up with creative ways to give back to his congregation […]

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    Sneak peek at the future of vending machines

    Maybe your cafeteria at work is similar to the one here at WGN Studios. We still have the vending machines with the sandwiches that spin around. But fear not — there is new technology that is opening doors when it comes to the kinds of things you can get from a standalone machine. WGN’s Marcus Leshock went to NAMA (National Automatic Merchandising Association) to give us a sneak peek. Watch the video in the player above


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