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
  • 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 […]

  • Coastin’ the Country Ep. 9: Gatlinburg SkyBridge at Skylift Park

    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.A few years ago, a massive wildfire tore through the Smoky Mountains causing widespread damage and loss of life. It was a tragic time for one of the most beautiful places in America. Skylift Park has been a Gatlinburg, Tennessee staple since the 1950s. It features a chairlift that takes […]

  • Coastin’ the Country Ep. 8: Maxx Force Full Circuit Test Recap at Six Flags Great America, Hagrid’s opens at Universal Orlando

    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. I got through taping and editing an entire podcast on the early testing phases of Maxx Force. The Six Flags Great America launch coaster was just leaving the station and barely making it up the first inversion. It should only be a few days before it makes a full […]

  • Coastin’ The Country Ep. 7: Maxx Force update at Six Flags Great America

    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 the roller coaster all of Chicagoland is waiting for. Maxx Force Six Flags Great America will launch riders from 0-78mph in under two seconds before shooting you about 175 feet in the air into a double inversion. From there, you’ll come straight down and head into a barrel […]

  • First look at Maxx Force roller coaster at Six Flags Great America

    GURNEE, Ill — Marcus Leshock took a visit to the construction site of new ride, Maxx Force that will be opening this summer. In the latest Coastin the Country segment, Marcus gets to be the first person to sit on the ride that isn’t a park employee. Check out the preview of the coaster here! Six Flags Great America 1 Great America Parkway Gurnee, IL 60031

  • ‘Rock of Roselle’ causes damage — and laughter — among drivers

    ROSELLE, Ill. — A Facebook page about a rock in Roselle, and the drivers who’ve encountered it, is quickly gaining fame across the internet. The “Rock of Roselle” is located at 1326 Lake Street, in the parking lot of a Pizza Hut. WGN’s Marcus Leshock featured the Facebook page — called “The Rock of Roselle OG” — during his Trending segment Wednesday morning, when the page had 6,952 followers. As of early Thursday, it had over 8,000 followers. The page […]

  • Blind singer with autism gets golden buzzer on America’s Got Talent

    This is what talent shows are all about. From the moment 22-year-old Kodi Lee walked onto the stage on Tuesday night’s “America’s Got Talent,” you knew something special was about to happen. And even knowing that he was going to be great, he STILL blew me away. Kodi is blind and has autism. He was guided on stage by his mother. Mom says they discovered their son loved music early on his life. He would listen to it and his eyes would […]

  • Coastin’ The Country Ep.6: Kings Island 2020 plans leak, Iron Wolf throwback

    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 been another week packed full of theme park news. I can’t believe I am already six episodes into the podcast already! I appreciate all of you who have tuned in and given me much needed feedback. I’ve been asking for your messages and I’ve gotten a ton of […]

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