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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 ( 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
  • ‘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 […]

  • 90’s ‘TGIF’ lineup making a comeback on Hulu

    TGIF is making a comeback on Hulu, only this time you can watch your favorite shows from the ’90s any day of the week. The streaming service has landed the exclusive streaming rights to five beloved TV shows that once lived on ABC’s so-called TGIF lineup, a programming block that highlighted family-friendly network offerings and dominated Friday night ratings in the ’90s. “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Step by Step,” “Perfect Strangers” and “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” are set to hit […]

  • 12-year-old volunteer ‘rockstar’ with rare disorder now needs your help

    PALATINE, Ill. — Twelve-year-old Rosie has been battling Neurofibromatosis, or NF, since she was a toddler. “Neurofibromatosis is a disorder that attacks the body with tumors,” said Rosie’s mom JoAnne Colucci. “Anywhere you have a nerve in your body, you can get a tumor.” Just five weeks after her initial diagnosis, she was told she had an inoperable brain tumor. That was the first of many. Almost 13 years later, she been on six different types of chemotherapy with multiple […]

  • Woodstock Square to become Wizarding World for Harry Potter celebration

    WOODSTOCK, Ill. — Woodstock Square is transforming into the “Wizarding World of Woodstock” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book. Downtown Woodstock is transforming some of its famous landmarks into the book’s most memorable places. The Woodstock Opera House will serve as the event’s nucleus—Hogwarts, according to the Northwest Herald. Quidditch in the park, a mini Hogwarts Express, a costume parade, and even some owls from the conservation district will be at the event on July 27. […]

  • PAWS Chicago looking for foster homes for 38 kittens

    CHICAGO — The PAWS-Chicago-Medical Center has an overflow of kittens, and there is not enough space to rescue more from the city pound. The organization is looking for foster families to commit to a two-week foster home for 38 adorable kittens. If interested in fostering a kitten, you can fill out an application at: For more information, go to: PAWS Chicago

  • Watch Garth Brooks serenade grandma, give her guitar on eve of her 89th birthday

    LAFAYETTE, La. — Garth Brooks gave an 89-year-old fan a birthday to remember. During the first weekend of July at his concert in Lafayette, Louisiana, Brooks spotted a fan in the crowd on the eve of her 89th birthday. A woman named Laura was holding up a sign that read, “Elvis was my last concert” — that made an appearance on the jumbotron. Laura attended an Elvis Presley concert over 40 years ago, also in Louisiana. Brooks decided to serenade […]

  • What’s new at Illinois’ largest water park ‘Raging Waves’

    WGN’s Marcus Leshock made a visit to Illinois’ largest water park — “Raging Waves” in Yorkville — to check out what’s new there this summer. Check it out, go to: