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
  • Hinsdale teen makes eating at restaurants easier for people with food allergies

    Researchers estimate 1 in 13 children have a food allergy these days — which has become a serious problem. WGN’s Marcus Leshock introduces us to Hinsdale teenager, 13-year-old Katie Parkins, who has launched her own business, called “My Teal Ticket”, that aims to make the lives of people with food allergies easier when going out to restaurants. For more information, go to: mytealticket.com  

  • New cat cafe, video arcade let’s ‘cat nerds’ hangout, adopt pets

    CHICAGO — For some it is a dream come true to be sitting in a room surrounded by cats. They can do just that at a new concept in Chicago – a cat cafe and video arcade in one. Shelly Casey and Christopher Gutierrez spent the last two years doing research. They traveled the world visiting cat cafes. Then they came back to Chicago to draw up their concept. There are 15 cats at the Catcade and all of them […]

  • Stephen King pays tribute to ‘It,’ puts red balloon in window

    BANGOR, Maine — A single red balloon was spotted hanging in the window of author Stephen King’s home in Maine and many “It” fans know exactly what that means. The red balloon is a symbol of Pennywise, who, based off King’s 1986 novel,  uses the balloons to lure in victims. Stephen King now has a red balloon 🎈 in his house window.. I'm shook #pennywise #it @StephenKing pic.twitter.com/U19MeLaxWo — Fiona (wolfgirl82) (@klaus_army) August 29, 2017 King’s Pennywise-inspired decor has certainly […]

  • Man catches fish in flooded Houston living room

    HOUSTON — A video going viral in Houston is giving people a little something to smile about amidst all the devastation. Viviana Saldana posted three short clips to her Facebook page with the caption, “Why go out looking for food when the food is coming to our living room?” The videos show her father Saul diving for a fish in the murky flood water that flooded their family home’s living room. In the final video, which has over 12 million views, her […]

  • Alamo Drafthouse to host clowns-only screening of ‘IT’

    AUSTIN, Texas – The remake of Stephen King’s “IT” is one the most anticipated horror movies of the year. So what could be creepier than the movie itself? How about seeing it in a theater full of clowns. The Alamo Drafthouse theaters in Austin, Texas is hosting a clowns-only screening of the new movie and posted a statement on its website that specifies, “all attendees should arrive dressed as a clown in order to attend.” Don't you want a balloon, […]

  • Chuck E. Cheese’s getting rid of iconic animatronic band

    Chuck E. Cheese’s is reportedly phasing out their singing animatronic band. The restaurant chain has announced that they will be renovating all of their locations across the country. As part of the sleek new design, they will be removing the beloved, and somewhat “creepy,” animatronics in attempt to modernize. The robotic characters were once the center of many childhood birthday parties, but today are considered outdated, as many children are now growing up with more advanced media and entertainment. According […]

  • ‘Stranger Things’ pop-up bar to open in Logan Square today

    CHICAGO — Chicago fans of the Netflix hit series ‘Stranger Things’ are in for a real treat. The space next to Emporium Arcade Bar, located at 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave in Logan Square, will soon become a ‘Stranger Things’ themed pop-up bar called ‘The Upside Down.’ The pop-up will open Friday, August 18 at 7 p.m. and will run through the end of September. The bar will be decorated to resemble familiar scenes from the Netflix thriller, such as the […]

  • Ric Flair’s daughter thanks fans for prayers as father recovers from surgery

    ATLANTA — Professional wrestling legend Ric Flair is recovering after undergoing surgery Monday. A representative for Flair confirmed that the 68-year-old was admitted to an intensive care unit in an Atlanta hospital over the weekend and placed in a medically-induced coma for the procedure. While it was initially reported that Flair had surgery for heart-related issues, his agent clarified on Twitter that the surgery was “not heart-related.” Ric had surgery today (not❤️related)am happy 2report it was a success.Still a long […]

  • More to Lollapalooza than music — roller skating, petting zoo and more

    CHICAGO — Lollapalooza 2017 kicked off and WGN-TV’s Marcus Leshock got to experience some of the new attractions at the festival this year. The Cosmic Camry Planet Ride lets you to cruise through space in virtual reality. Kidzapalooza this year is offering a “musical petting zoo.” This tent allows kids to come and go as they please getting to play various instruments. Some Chicago Public School music teachers will be joining the tent offering free music lessons for the kids […]

  • Donations pour in for 7-year-old Cubs fan battling rare brain tumor

    DARIEN, Ill. — In September of 2016, Joey Ventimiglia, who was 6 at the time, was diagnosed with DIPG. DIPG, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, is a brain tumor that rests in the pons of the brain. This area controls essential bodily functions such as the heartbeat, breathing, eyesight, and balance. “What’s difficult about this tumor is where it sits in the brain stem,” Joe Ventimiglia, Joey’s dad, said. “It’s such a sensitive area that you cannot go out there and […]