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 (facebook.com/leshock) and YouTube (youtube.com/mjleshock), 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
  • First beef jerky outlet in Illinois

    FOX LAKE, Ill. — Tuesday is National Jerky Day. WGN’s Marcus Leshock visited the first beef jerky outlet in Illinois. They have 100 varieties of jerky and let customers try before they buy. Check them out: The Beef Jerky Outlet 5 E Grand Ave Fox Lake, IL 60020 www.beefjerkyoutlet.com

  • Blackhawks First Stride Program teaches game and STEM of hockey

    CHICAGO –  The Blackhawks season may be over, but that does not stop the goal. WGN’s Marcus Leshock visits its Get Out and Learn (G.O.A.L.) program. The program teaches children the game of hockey. A portion of the program is called First Stride where 4th and 5th grade students hit the ice and the classroom to learn the STEM of hockey. For more information about the program visit the Blackhawks website.

  • DePaul University Esports competition

    DePaul University is among many teams across the country who participate in video game competitions known as Esports.

  • WGN’s Marcus Leshock rides new Mardi Gras Hangover coaster at Six Flags

    GURNEE, Ill. – WGN’s Marcus Leshock rides the new Mardi Gras Hangover at Six Flags Great America with 13-year-old Special Olympics Illinois Coaster Ambassador Bryce Giron. The official opening of the coaster is Saturday, May 26. Members and season pass holders will be among the first to experience ride. Members will get exclusive ride time on May 23 and 24 and Season Pass Holders will get an exclusive ride event on May 25 before it opens to the public on May 26. […]

  • Local artist creates ‘CTA Project’ to tell the stories of people he meets on his commute

    Meet local artist Myron Laban. Myron is combining audio interviews, video work and paint on a canvas to tell the stories of people he meets on the CTA. Catch Myron’s artwork Friday, May 4 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  at 1026 N. Milwaukee Watch his short film “CTA Project” here For more information, go to: myronlaban.com

  • Watch WGN’s Marcus Leshock ride Cedar Point’s new coaster ‘Steel Vengeance’

    SANDUSKY, Ohio — WGN’s Marcus Leshock traveled to Sandusky, Ohio to check out Cedar Point’s brand new roller coaster “Steel Vengeance!” The ride is 205 feet tall and the first drop takes you down 200 feet at a 90-degree angle. Check out Marcus ride the coaster in the video player above!  

  • 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 https://www.greatwolf.com/illinois

  • 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 […]