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 member of the cast on WGN Morning News each day from 4-10am. Marcus anchors a “Trending News” segment where he wraps together all of the stories, video and photos people are sharing online at that moment – all to get you up to speed on the interesting things the world is sharing as you head out the door. He also features a travel segment and podcast called “Coastin’ the Country” that focuses on theme parks and other fun places you can visit with your family all across America.

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, Facebook , Instagram, and Snapchat.

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.

He 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.

Marcus currently serves as an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

When he’s not at WGN or in the classroom, Marcus is at home with his wife and his two children.


Recent Articles
  • Aussie Mat Dash RallyRACER waterslide coming to Raging Waves in 2020

    Illinois’ largest waterpark continues to grow. Raging Waves in Yorkville is adding a new waterslide in 2020. Well, technically SIX waterslides. Aussie Mat Dash is a Proslide RallyRACER attraction that allows six riders to race side-by-side through tunnels. The ride features RallyPOINTS technology that can actually time riders as they race through the slide to the bottom, adding another level of competition with your friends. Riders will also travel on their stomachs, heads facing forward in and out of tunnels, […]

  • Chicago’s Pilsen makes top 10 list of world’s coolest neighborhoods

    CHICAGO — Looking for somewhere new to explore? Chicagoans may not have to go very far. In TimeOut’s list of the 50 coolest neighborhoods in the world, Pilsen was in the top 10! With its thriving street art community and up-and-coming gallery scene, the neighborhood has become a major art hub in Chicago. CNN also gave the neighborhood points for its strong Mexican-American community presence, as huaraches and tortas on just about every corner mean you won’t have a hard […]

  • Kennywood’s Steel Curtain roller coaster takes you upside down 9 times

    Today is the official kickoff of the NFL season. What better way to celebrate than a ride on the first roller coaster themed after a National Football League franchise?  I’m talking about STEEL CURTAIN, the new roller coaster at Kennywood Park just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If the yellow and black didn’t tip you off, the ride is themed after the region’s beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.  Steel Curtain is one of the most eye-popping new amusement parks additions of 2019. From […]

  • World’s tallest water coaster coming to Six Flags Great America in 2020

    It’s official – Six Flags Great America is adding another record breaking attraction. Tsunami Surge will be the world’s tallest water coaster. It will stand 86 feet tall and hit a top speed of 28mph. The ride will feature five drops and travel over 950 feet with multiple tunnels. Those tunnels will also feature what they call AquaLucent lighting effects. Water coasters combine the feel of a roller coaster with a water slide. Riders sit on rafts and travel through […]

  • Kings Island announces new giga coaster Orion featuring 300 foot drop

    Listen to this episode of the “Coastin’ the Country with Marcus Leshock” podcast in the player above (Can’t see it? Click here). Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Finally, we know what’s behind the fence. After months of rumors, leaked blueprints, posters, hashtags, GPS coordinates and more – Kings Island in Mason, Ohio has officially unveiled their 2020 attraction to the world. And it’s the giga coaster fans have been waiting for. It’s called Orion – a […]

  • Mystic River Falls giant raft ride coming to Branson’s Silver Dollar City

    Listen to this episode of the “Coastin’ the Country with Marcus Leshock” podcast in the player above (Can’t see it? Click here). Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri is gearing up for another major expansion. The park announced plans for $30 million in investments including a new water raft ride they’re calling Mystic River Falls. Mystic River Falls will be a river adventure themed around the park’s historic Marvel Cave. The […]

  • A sneak peek of the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club

    MEDINAH, Ill.— The BMW Championship will kick off next week at Medinah Country Club and Marcus Leshock got a sneak peek to see how setup was going. Patrick Timson from the Western Golf Association said they started setup for the PGA tour in May. The BMW Championship is the second of three events in the PGA tour playoffs for the FedExCup. The results of this tour will determine the finalists for the championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. […]

  • Coastin’ The Country Ep. 10: How wave pools work, Maxx Force coaster debuts

    Listen to this episode of the “Coastin’ the Country with Marcus Leshock” podcast in the player above (Can’t see it? Click here). Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. It’s finally here – heat and humidity! For a while there, it felt like it would never happen. While many Chicagoans can’t stand it, it’s a beautiful thing for area waterparks. We were invited out to Raging Waves waterpark in Yorkville to go behind the scenes and see how […]

  • Raging Waves Waterpark wave pool gets behind the scenes look

    YORKVILLE, Ill. — Wave pools have existed since the 19th century, and they have been in the U.S. since the 1960s. Marcus Leshock went behind the scenes of a wave pool at Raging Waves Waterpark to see how these waves are generated. Wave pools used to have paddles in the water that would create waves. That practice eventually was replaced by a newer method where waves are made by air in huge blowers. Air blows at about 250 mph to […]

  • Record breaking launch coaster Maxx Force debuts at Six Flags Great America

    GURNEE, Ill. — You’ve never gotten to 78 miles per hour this fast. Today, Six Flags Great America officially unveiled their new roller coaster to the world. Maxx Force is a launch coaster that rockets riders from 0-78 miles per hour in just 1.7 seconds. That makes it the fastest acceleration on any roller coaster in North America. After that launch, riders travel straight up in the air before hitting a double inversion, then you come right back down and […]

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