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.

Recent Articles
  • 7-year-old Cubs fan battling rare brain tumor has passed away

    DARIEN, Ill. — Joey Ventimiglia, the 7-year-old boy in Darien battling a rare form of cancer, has passed away. WGN introduced viewers to Joey and his family a few months ago, where his family told us about his illness — and love for the Chicago Cubs. Joey was 6 when he was diagnosed with DIPG — Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, is a brain tumor that rests in the pons of the brain. This area controls essential bodily functions such as the […]

  • Navy sailor surprises little sister at Berwyn elementary school

    BERWYN, Ill. — A really nice moment happened at an elementary school in Berwyn. A first grade student at Irving Elementary, named Destiny, received a special surprise. Destiny’s older sister Dulce Escutia is a communication technician serving in the U.S. Navy. She is stationed in San Antonio at the moment. This was the first time the sisters had seen each other since last Christmas. The school held this assembly to surprise Destiny and welcome her sister home. The kids even […]

  • WGN talent tries the new ‘Star Wars’ augmented reality headset

    Lenovo’s new “Star Wars” augmented reality headset is becoming one of the hottest toys of the holiday season. WGN wanted to take on this Jedi challenge, so Marcus Leshock brought a headset to the studio. Watch our WGN Jedis use the force in the player above.

  • 6-year-old wants new word ‘levidrome’ added to dictionary — but he needs your help

    6-year-old Levi Budd has always been fascinated by words. One day, his family drove past a Stop sign and Levi noticed that “stop” spells an entirely different word backwards: “pots.” He asked his parents if there was a word for that. After some research, they found out there is not. Now, the Budd family is trying to get a new word put in Merriam Webster Dictionary: “Levidrome.” Levidromes would be similar to palindromes — but instead of a word that […]

  • WOW Air offering $99 flights to Europe during Black Friday sale

    WOW Air could fly you to Europe for as low as $99. All week, you could get a $99 one-way ticket from Chicago to Amsterdam, London, Dublin, and beyond for this Black Friday discounted price. The catch? These are select flights between December and May, and you have to act fast. Founded in 2011, WOW Air is an Iceland based company that aims to connect Iceland to North America, Europe, and Asia. They hope to provide “cheapest flights to and from […]

  • Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are celebrating 70 years of marriage Monday. With this milestone, Queen Elizabeth has become the first British monarch to reach her “platinum” wedding anniversary. Buckingham Palace released new photographs of the royal couple at Windsor Castle in honor of the big milestone. To mark The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's 70th Wedding Anniversary, new photographic portraits have been released worldwide. — The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 18, 2017 The portraits of Her […]

  • Chicago police officer, volunteers help veteran renovate his newsstand

    CHICAGO — For the past seven years, Air Force veteran Anthony Johnson has been selling newspapers out of a beaten up stand at the corner of Milwaukee and Faragutt. Chicago Police Lieutenant John Garrido connected with Anthony about a year ago and decided to give Anthony a better place to sell his newspapers. Garrido posted a Facebook Live video asking for help. Volunteers stepped up, and they spent the last few weeks transforming this stand. All of this was done with […]

  • Blackhawks team up with WGN to fix up Vietnam vet’s home

    When soldiers returned from the Vietnam War, they weren’t met with a hero’s welcome. Nearly 50 years later, the Chicago Blackhawks, WGN’s Marcus Leshock, and “Mr. Fix It” Lou Manfredini teamed up to honor U.S. Army Sgt. Danny Synair, who served in the Vietnam War. Synair spent much of 1968 and 1969 in Vietnam. He was severely injured multiple times, earning him three Purple Hearts. The first time he was injured, Synair had the option to return home, but he […]

  • Get paid $60K to explore and vacation in Cancun for 6 months

    CANCUN, Mexico — is hiring a new CEO — a “Cancun Experience Officer” to spend six months on the beaches. All you have to do is share your experiences with the world through social media and videos. You get paid $10,000 a month along with VIP access to clubs and activities, and zero living expenses. To apply for this dream job, create a one minute long video describing why you should be the CEO. The deadline is Dec. 17. […]

  • Taco Bell testing ‘Kit-Kat Chocoladilla’ on select menus

    In its latest food mashup, Taco Bell is throwing Kit-Kats in a tortilla to make the “Chocoladilla.” The best part? It’s only $1. The Chocoladilla joins a family of Taco Bell food mashups including the Doritos Locos Taco, Cheetos Quesadilla, and the Naked Chicken Chalupa. “Taco Bell, once again proving that they are just throwing anything together and daring people to eat it,” WGN’s Marcus Leshock said. If you get dared to try the Chocoladilla, Taco Bell is reportedly serving the dessert […]