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.


Recent Articles
  • Chicago police officer, volunteers help veteran renovate his newsstand

    CHICAGO — For the past seven years, Air Force veteran Anthony Johnson has been selling newspapers out of a beaten up stand at the corner of Milwaukee and Faragutt. Chicago Police Lieutenant John Garrido connected with Anthony about a year ago and decided to give Anthony a better place to sell his newspapers. Garrido posted a Facebook Live video asking for help. Volunteers stepped up, and they spent the last few weeks transforming this stand. All of this was done with […]

  • Blackhawks team up with WGN to fix up Vietnam vet’s home

    When soldiers returned from the Vietnam War, they weren’t met with a hero’s welcome. Nearly 50 years later, the Chicago Blackhawks, WGN’s Marcus Leshock, and “Mr. Fix It” Lou Manfredini teamed up to honor U.S. Army Sgt. Danny Synair, who served in the Vietnam War. Synair spent much of 1968 and 1969 in Vietnam. He was severely injured multiple times, earning him three Purple Hearts. The first time he was injured, Synair had the option to return home, but he […]

  • Get paid $60K to explore and vacation in Cancun for 6 months

    CANCUN, Mexico — Cancun.com is hiring a new CEO — a “Cancun Experience Officer” to spend six months on the beaches. All you have to do is share your experiences with the world through social media and videos. You get paid $10,000 a month along with VIP access to clubs and activities, and zero living expenses. To apply for this dream job, create a one minute long video describing why you should be the CEO. The deadline is Dec. 17. […]

  • Taco Bell testing ‘Kit-Kat Chocoladilla’ on select menus

    In its latest food mashup, Taco Bell is throwing Kit-Kats in a tortilla to make the “Chocoladilla.” The best part? It’s only $1. The Chocoladilla joins a family of Taco Bell food mashups including the Doritos Locos Taco, Cheetos Quesadilla, and the Naked Chicken Chalupa. “Taco Bell, once again proving that they are just throwing anything together and daring people to eat it,” WGN’s Marcus Leshock said. If you get dared to try the Chocoladilla, Taco Bell is reportedly serving the dessert […]

  • Collection for sale boasts every single Cubs baseball card from 1887 to today

    ROCKFORD, Ill. — A sports memorabilia shop in Rockford is selling an extraordinary collection of Chicago Cubs baseball cards. The collection features every Cubs baseball card from 1887 to today. Brad Parvin, the owner of the Collector’s Bench, says the collector reached out to him to help him sell it — he wants to remain anonymous. Parvin estimates the collection is worth into the six figures. The Collector’s Bench 218 E State, Rockford 815-708-7675 thecollectorsbench.com

  • Muralist surprises boy battling rare cancer with Cubs bedroom of his dreams

    DARIEN, Ill. — A few months ago, WGN introduced you to a young Chicago Cubs fan battling a rare form of cancer. His family travels to Mexico for costly experimental treatments. Muralist Ken Markiewicz, owner of Crayons Gone Wild, was so moved by Joey Ventimiglia’s story, that he offered to turn the boy’s bedroom into a Cubs fan’s dream — free of charge. So while the family was out of town for a recent treatment, Markiewicz transformed Joey’s room — he painted a […]

  • The newest and coolest tech gadgets

    WGN’s Marcus Leshock previews the latest tech gadgets from the AT&T store.

  • Netflix ends ‘Stranger Things’ pop-up bar with friendly cease-and-desist letter

    CHICAGO — A “Stranger Things” pop up bar opened in Logan Square a few weeks ago themed after the popular Netflix show. The place has had lines out the door since. News recently broke that Netflix was shutting the bar down, but that’s not entirely true. They’re able to operate until Oct. 1, which was their scheduled operating date.  But Netflix sent them a pretty friendly cease-and-desist letter full of references to the show. Here’s what some of it said: “Look, […]

  • Man’s dream home destroyed by Irma 5 days after he bought it

    A British man bought his dream home in the Virgin Islands just five before Hurricane Irma hit, and his video of the damage has gone viral. Despite the destruction, Kyrie Caulfield managed to find humor in the situation. “Last Friday, I bought the house of my dreams in what I think is the most beautiful place in the world in Cane Garden Bay in Tortola,” he says in the video. “Life’s absolutely perfect. Then on Wednesday, five days later, we […]

  • North Side property for sale features mini house in basement

    CHICAGO — Every once in a while there’s a real estate listing that sticks out.  WGN’s Marcus Leshock headed to the Far North Side of Chicago to explore a home with a unique attribute that sets itself apart from others. The unique attribute is a playhouse in the home’s basement. This is not just any playhouse, it’s a miniature home with its own Andersen windows, door, miniature phone, and an in-unit laundry. For those interested, the unique home is on north […]