Since September 2013, Marcus Leshock is a regular contributor to the Early Morning Newscasts each day from 4-6 pm. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and television host who joined WGN-TV as a feature reporter in 2009. He previously featured all of the interesting people, places, and trends around the Chicagoland area on WGN Evening News. Food, fashion, technology, social media, sports, entertainment, and news – if Chicago is talking about it, it’s been on his “Leshock Value” segment.
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, celebrity interviews and movie reviews have generated more than 7 million 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 B.A. and M.A. in Communication from NIU; while in school, he worked at the Northern Star newspaper where he edited “The Weekender” entertainment section, as well as contributing 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.