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
  • See the full construction tour of the new Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee

    It’s been over a year since Great Wolf Lodge announced they were buying the Key Lime Cove Waterpark Hotel in Gurnee with plans to gut the place and expand it. This week, they gave WGN’s Marcus Leshock a first look at the construction and what guests can expect to see starting this summer. It opens July 1. Great Wolf Lodge 1700 Nations Dr, Gurnee, IL 60031

  • Kid ditches school for Cubs home opener, runs into principal at game

    CHICAGO — The story of two brothers who played hooky to go to opening day at Wrigley Field is going viral – because they ran into their principal. Tucker and Gunner Speckman skipped school at Wells Elementary and went to see the Cubs opener with their parents, carrying a sign that read “Skipping school. S-h-h-h, don’t tell Principal Versluis.” The boys say they were hoping to be spotted by a TV camera at the game so they could send the message […]

  • 2 Chicago suburbs among top 20 richest zip codes in America: report

    CHICAGO — Two Chicago-area zip codes are ranked among the top 20 richest in America. Using IRS data from 2015, Bloomberg looked at zip codes with at least 500 residential households — more than 22,000 zip codes — and ranked the richest zip codes in America. Glencoe, or 60022, came in at No. 19 with an average income of $633,000. Kenilworth, or 60043, came in at No. 8 with an average income of $861,000. The top zip code is Miami […]

  • ‘Holiday in the Park’ coming to Six Flags Great America

    GURNEE, Ill. — “Holiday in the Park is coming to Six Flags Great America, a month-long holiday festival at the end of the year. The  festival will begin Friday, November 23 and will run weekends through the end of December. But, the park will be open daily between December 26 through December 31st. It’s included with your season pass. It will feature a million LED lights all around the park, with special shows and food, all kinds of holiday decor. The rides […]

  • 2 guys from Chicago miss flights, spend day protesting Houston ‘Bean’

    HOUSTON, Texas — Two friends from Chicago aren’t happy about Houston’s new stainless steel sculpture that looks an awful lot like “Cloud Gate” — and they’re not afraid to let everyone know it. Francisco Ybarra and Blaine Bush missed their flights back to Chicago, so they spent the day in Houston protesting their “Bean.” Missed my flight back to Chicago so I spent the day protesting the Houston “Bean.” If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything~~ #NotMyBean […]

  • WGN’s Marcus Leshock tests out Silver Dollar City’s newest coaster ‘Time Traveler’

    BRANSON, MO. — Missouri’s Silver Dollar City has debuted a new rollercoaster — the Time Traveler. Not only is the rollercoaster known for its spinning as the ride goes at 50 miles per hour, but it also includes a 90-degree drop. WGN’S Marcus Leshock checked out the ride earlier this week. Watch his report in the player above.

  • Junk Remedy co-owner shares warning to others after home destroyed by fire

    CHICAGO — Back in 2014, WGN featured the story of a man whose business helps others get a fresh start. But recently, the co-owner of that business faced hardships of his own. Corey Heidkamp is the co-owner of Junk Remedy. A fire broke out at his home after a surge on one of the electrical outlets in the garage. His family was safe, but everything inside the house was a loss. The family was renting the home at the time. Shortly after […]

  • Artist makes artwork of Chicago’s worst intersections

    CHICAGO — An artist made a collection of pieces that capture Chicago’s worst intersections. Seattle artist Peter Gorman put together the collection called “Barely Maps.” The collection captures different city’s intersections. In a year-long 11,000 mile bike ride around the country, Gorman rode through some of Chicago’s most frustrating intersections. Prints of the work are sold on his shop, under the name “Intersections of Chicago.”

  • Szechuan Sauce returns to McDonald’s menu

    McDonald’s is bringing back one of its menu items that recently regained notoriety from the popular TV cartoon “Rick and Morty.” Starting on Monday, McDonald’s customers will finally be able to get their hands on the elusive Szechuan Sauce. The once discontinued sauce returned last October for one day, only to be sold out within minutes, causing chaos at many McDonald’s restaurants. The sauce will return with 20 million packages ready to be served. The dipping sauce first debuted back […]

  • Are we addicted to our smartphones? Experts weigh in

    Even on a five-degree Chicago day, people are outside, gloves off, phone in hand. Multiple studies show adults look at their phones from 80 to 160-plus times per day. Research from Flurry Analytics in 2017 found adults spend about five hours each day interacting with our devices. That’s up 20 percent from the year before. Dr. Jonathan Adelstein is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Northwestern Medical Center who focuses on addiction. When asked whether our cell phone use counts […]