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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    Lolla Day 2: Lollapalooza 2016 hits the half way mark

    CHICAGO — Two down.  Two to go. Lollapalooza 2016, in all it’s four day glory, is nearly half over. Or just half started. Depending on how you look at it – and who you’re looking most forward to seeing. Rain moved through Grant Park late Friday afternoon but only dampened the ground and not spirits. Friday night headliners Radiohead, Major Lazer and Ghost played under mostly dry skies. Other notable acts today included Future, M83, Alessia Cara and A$ap Ferg.  You can check out […]

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    Cool attractions at the 25th anniversary of Lollapalooza

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    Rain and shine, Day 1 of Lollapalooza draws massive crowd

    CHICAGO — An eclectic festival opened with eclectic weather. A brief rain delay postponed Lollapalooza 2016 from opening for about 45 minutes this morning and skies threatened all afternoon as rain came and went…and came and went… over Grant Park. But the showers didn’t stop the massive crowd from celebrating the festival’s 25th anniversary. Tonight’s headliners included J.Cole, Lana Del Rey and Flosstradamus.  You can check out the full lineup here.   Below is a recap of Thursday.

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    Young urban farmers look to help people in need

    This pair of young farmers are part of an incubator program on the south side of Chicago. They’ve spent the last few years getting their business off the ground and they’re aiming to help people in need. Marcus met with the two farmers to find out more.

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    Dog found blind and barely alive gets his eyesight back, and a new home

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Found with almost no hair, skin infections, and blind, Marco the pitbull now has a new view of life and a brand new home. Marco was found in dire condition back in 2013 and taken in by the Go Rescue Pet Adoption Center in Virginia Beach, according to local network WKTR. As he began his long struggle to recover, word began to spread, and people from across the country offered their support. Thanks to donations and supporters […]

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    St. Charles business listed as ‘Pokemon Go gym’ offers deal to players

    ST. CHARLES, Ill — We hear all of the bad things that are happening surrounding this Pokémon Go trend. But when one business in the Chicago suburbs found themselves swarmed with players, they decided to embrace the new trend. The Blue Goose Market in St. Charles is listed as a “Pokémon Go gym,” which means users gather to play around this area. Everyday, owner Paul Lencioni says a handful of players can be found outside of the Blue Goose. “We decided […]

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    Did Melania Trump’s RNC speech contain a Rickroll?

    While the debate continues on whether or not Melania Trump lifted some passages from a Michelle Obama speech, that wasn’t the only odd similarity people found in some of her words Monday night. Some say she Rickrolled everyone in the middle of her speech. “He will never give up,” she said of her husband. “And most importantly, he will never, ever let you down.” The chorus of the 80s classic sounds very similar: “Never gonna give you up/ Never gonna let […]

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    Checking out Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Co.

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    You can now zipline in Cook County! Marcus checks out Go Ape Zip Line & Treetop Adventure

    You don’t have to travel to the cloud forests of Costa Rica to go zip lining. We went to try “Go Ape” just about a half an hour outside of Chicago. This adventure experience is located in Western Springs. For more information visit:

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    PHOTOS: Severe weather in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Severe weather moved through the Chicago area Monday morning. If you have a photo to share, upload it by clicking the red submit button below. All photos must be approved before they display on the website. For the latest updates, go to