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Marcus Leshock
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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.


Recent Articles
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    Jackie Robinson West wins, advances to American finals

    Jackie Robinson West wins and advances to World Series American final. They faced 13-year-old phenom Mo’ne Davis and the team from Pennsylvania in the U.S. semifinal game of the Little League World Series. JRW will compete against Nevada on Saturday and the chance to represent the United States in the championship game. Mayor Emanuel issued a statement saying, “Once again, the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars have showed why they are the pride of Chicago.  Congratulations to Coach Butler and his team […]

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    Team ‘uncles’ help JRW settle in during World Series week

    Ed Weinhoffer and Richard Smith have lived in the Williamsport area for 40 years, but for a few weeks every summer, they’re known by another name: Uncle Ed has been a Little League World Series “Uncle” for three decades. Think of it as a team’s host – with the squad from the time their bus pulls up, to the time it pulls away. Every volunteer uncle is randomly paired with one team for its entire stay. This year, Ed and […]

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    Jackie Robinson West wins again, continues to advance in World Series

    Chicago’s Little League heroes continue their winning streak. Jackie Robinson West won 6-1 over a team from Texas Tuesday night to advance in the Little League World Series. JRW plays again Thursday. Mayor Emanule released a statement Tuesday night saying, ”The courage to persevere and the hard work displayed by Jackie Robinson West and Coach Darold Butler tonight and throughout this Series exemplifies the very best of what we hope from and for our children. In every neighborhood across Chicago […]

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    Watch party for Jackie Robinson West All Stars moved inside due to weather

    Due to inclement weather, the City of Chicago has relocated Tuesday night’s watch party for the Jackie Robinson West All Stars game in the Little League World Series. The watch party was relocated to the auditorium of Mt. Vernon Elementary School at 10540 South Morgan Street, directly north of Jackie Robinson Park where  the Jackie Robinson West All Stars’ previous watch parties have been held. The game will be shown live on ESPN at 6:30 p.m.  

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    Jackie Robinson West wins hangs on to win third game in World Series

    In a nail biter of a game, Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West won their third game in the Little League World Series tonight. The team from the South Side beat a team from Rhode Island 8-7. JRW will play again Tuesday night.    

  • Jackie Robinson West takes Chicago, the nation by storm

    At the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West showed they are a force to be reckoned with. The Little League team won their first game of the tournament 12-2. For fans who couldn’t get to Pennsylvania for the game, a jumbo-tron was set up at Jackie Robinson Park in Morgan Park. The City and the Chicago White Sox set up the event, providing the screen, hot dogs and drinks. Jackie Robinson West returns to the […]

  • Jackie Robinson West wins first game in Little League World Series

    The Jackie Robinson West All-Stars won their first game in the Little League World Series Thursday. The team from Chicago beat a team from Washington State in five innings,  five innings, via mercy rule, 12-2.   Related: Hometown crowd cheers Little League heroes to victory

  • Jackie Robinson West All-Stars ready for Little League World Series

    For the first time in 31 years, the South Side of Chicago is represented at the Little League World Series. WGN features reporter Marcus Leshock followed the team to Williamsport, Penn., before the biggest games of their lives. Take a look.

  • What would it be like if people didn’t complain?

    A local campaign is trying to get people to complain less.

  • How Bib Gourmand restaurant Q BBQ makes its brisket

    For more information, go to http://www.q-bbq.com/

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