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 (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.


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    The Blue Man Group celebrates 25 years

    CHICAGO — It has been 25 years since a little show called “The Blue Man Group” opened off Broadway in New York. Since then, the show has had productions all over the world, including right here in Chicago at the Briar Street Theater. WGN’s Marcus Leshock talked with two of Chicago’s “Blue Men” about what it’s been like to play the characters for two decades. Watch his interview with the Blue Men in the video player above For ticket information, […]

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    ‘We Got the Fire’ is an anthem for Cubs’ postseason

    CHICAGO — You might remember Katie Day’s Cubs song “By the Lakeside” – it was one of the most popular Cubs songs from last year. Her songs are more like ‘club ballads,’ a little different than the cheesy ones guys make in their basements. She’s back with a new one called “we got the fire,” with a hype video to go along with it. Fans of WGN on Facebook have also been weighing in with their favorite anthems of the season. […]

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    Cryotherapy exposes body to freezing temperatures to help injuries, improve wellness

    CHICAGO — Using the cold to treat injuries isn’t a new practice, the Egyptians were known for it back in 2500 B.C. But today, we have Cryotherapy: a whole body chamber that hits you with temperatures as low as negative 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only is Cryotherapy said to relieve muscle aches, pain, symptoms of anxiety or depression — but also, increases metabolism, weight loss and skin conditions. It is also said to improve sleep and reduce fatigue. WGN’s Marcus […]

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    Super hero window washers surprise patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital

    CHICAGO — Spiderman, Batman and Iron Man scaled the windows at Lurie Children’s Hospital Monday to cheer up patients with cancer and blood disorders. Some of the young patients even dressed up as their favorite super heroes, taking in the sights as they took their minds off their treatments. “It was a very cool experience. To see the kids’ reactions was just awesome,” said Laura Malooley, who’s son is a patient at the hospital. “To do something like this is just so […]

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    First look at new hotel across from Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO — The hotel being built at Clark and Addison, just across from Wrigley Field, now has a name. It will be called Hotel Zachary in honor of Wrigley Field architect Zachary Taylor Davis. Inside you can expect restaurants from some high-profile restaurant groups — we’re talking about the people behind places like Blackbird, The Publican, Smoke Daddy, Roots Handmade Pizza and more. There will also be a West Town Bakery location in the new hotel. Developers say the goal is to make a […]

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    Meet the skateboarding MRI Tech from Downers Grove

    WGN’s Marcus Leshock introduces us to a man in Downers Grove who hopes his unique commute to work inspires others to do something similar. Sibu Joseph is an MRI Technician at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. He is known as the “skateboarding MRI Tech” because he skateboards to work every day. He says he feels like its his way to make a positive impact on the environment. “It’s a small thing I can do that keeps me connected with the […]

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    New roller coaster ‘The Joker’ coming to Six Flags in Gurnee in 2017

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    US Navy Seals and their families: How you can help

    The U.S. Navy Seals have been in the news quite a bit lately. Since 9/11, the number of operations they’ve been involved in has quadrupled, and that has made the work of the Navy Seal Foundation even more important. They support active and retired Navy Seals and their families. WGN’s Marcus Leshock sat down with their chairman, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Garry Bonelli “You can’t have a resilient warrior without having a resilient warrior family,” Bonelli said. Check it out: Navy Seal Foundation […]

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    Dog swims over 6 miles, walks 12 more to find family

    BEULAH, Mich. — A dog swam more than six miles and likely walked a dozen more to find its family after falling overboard into Lake Michigan during the weekend. The dog’s owners were boating on the lake when their 10-month old Belgian Malinois, Rylee, fell overboard. The couple immediately sent out a mayday call on the radio and was connected to a group that searches for lost dogs. After a photo of Rylee was shared on Facebook, she was spotted […]

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    Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo writes letter, gives generous gift to boy battling leukemia

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