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 ( and YouTube (, 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
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    McDonald’s is bringing back one of its menu items that recently regained notoriety from the popular TV cartoon “Rick and Morty.” Starting on Monday, McDonald’s customers will finally be able to get their hands on the elusive Szechuan Sauce. The once discontinued sauce returned last October for one day, only to be sold out within minutes, causing chaos at many McDonald’s restaurants. The sauce will return with 20 million packages ready to be served. The dipping sauce first debuted back […]

  • Are we addicted to our smartphones? Experts weigh in

    Even on a five-degree Chicago day, people are outside, gloves off, phone in hand. Multiple studies show adults look at their phones from 80 to 160-plus times per day. Research from Flurry Analytics in 2017 found adults spend about five hours each day interacting with our devices. That’s up 20 percent from the year before. Dr. Jonathan Adelstein is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Northwestern Medical Center who focuses on addiction. When asked whether our cell phone use counts […]

  • Illinois Groundhog Woodstock Willie also predicts 6 more weeks of winter

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  • Plainfield teen with autism gets ultimate birthday surprise from Simpsons creator

    PLAINFIELD, Ill. — A teenager with autism received a birthday surprise she will never forget. 16-year-old Jessica from Plainfield is a huge Simpsons fan — and loves to draw. Her mother, Lynda Liberatore, sent the show’s creator, Matt Groening, a letter with some of her Simpsons’ drawings. Well, Groening sent a letter back — along with a poster of the entire Simpsons cast — dedicated just to Jessica for her birthday. Lynda shared the heartwarming video with WGN: On top […]

  • 6,000 square-foot virtual reality gaming facility opens this weekend in Schiller Park

    SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — A new company called Mass VR turned 6,000 square feet of empty space in Schiller Park and turned it into a first of its kind virtual reality gaming experience. Basically you put on the headsets and they put you inside a video game. There are sensors all along the walls that track you. If you want your character to walk, you walk. If you want them to run, you run. You are on teams and you […]

  • Joliet barber uses airbrushing for beard enhancements

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  • 7-year-old Cubs fan battling rare brain tumor has passed away

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  • Navy sailor surprises little sister at Berwyn elementary school

    BERWYN, Ill. — A really nice moment happened at an elementary school in Berwyn. A first grade student at Irving Elementary, named Destiny, received a special surprise. Destiny’s older sister Dulce Escutia is a communication technician serving in the U.S. Navy. She is stationed in San Antonio at the moment. This was the first time the sisters had seen each other since last Christmas. The school held this assembly to surprise Destiny and welcome her sister home. The kids even […]

  • WGN talent tries the new ‘Star Wars’ augmented reality headset

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