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
  • 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

  • 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 […]

  • 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:  

  • 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 — 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 […]