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
  • No Coaster Con 2020: Theme parks talk new additions for summer

    Coaster Con is one of the American Coaster Enthusiasts biggest events of the year. It’s a week to ride tons of coasters and visit multiple theme parks right in the middle of summer. Unfortunately, we’re only in January, and there aren’t many roller coasters to ride. Enter NO Coaster Con! Every January, ACE members gather in Chicagoland to dream about the summer months to come. Organized by ACE’s Western Great Lakes Region, 140 enthusiasts were gathered in Rosemont to hear […]

  • Coastin’ the Country Ep. 15: Six Flags Great America Tsunami Surge update and more

    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 middle of January and we are back talking everything theme parks! This week on Coastin’ the Country, I am coming off my visit to the American Coaster Enthusiasts No Coaster Con. Dozens of theme parks come to Chicagoland to present all of the new stuff they’re working […]

  • Kings Island shares new ORION roller coaster updates and construction photos

    It’s one of the most talked about new theme park attractions coming in 2020. We’re talking about Orion – the new roller coaster coming to Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. It’ll feature a 300 foot drop with eight hills and all kinds of interesting elements. Here’s some video if you haven’t seen it yet: Kings Island’s Don Helbig was on hand at the American Coaster Enthusiasts No Coaster Con with some Orion updates, including some new photos of the construction […]

  • Improvements and additions coming to the Raging Waves waterpark in Yorkville

    The team from Raging Waves in Yorkville was here at the American Coaster Enthusiasts‘ No Coaster Con 2020. Along with other theme parks from across the country, they were talking about all of the things that were coming this summer. We’ve been following their big announcement for a few months now. They’re building a brand new racing water slide called Aussie Mat Dash. Here’s their teaser video. Aussie Mat Dash is a ProSlide RallyRACER waterslide featuring RallyPOINTS technology. Basically, it […]

  • Coastin’ the Country: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and Rise of the Resistance – everything you need to know

    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 an exciting time if you’re a Star Wars fan. The latest, and possibly last, movie in the Skywalker saga is opening. And down in Florida, you have an attraction that takes you into the Star Wars world like nothing the industry has ever seen before. Did I mention […]

  • ‘Star Wars’ Rise of the Resistance – first ride and reaction at Galaxy’s Edge

    ORLANDO, Fla. — WGN Morning News’ Marcus Leshock and Pat Tomasulo ride the anticipated new “Star Wars” ride Rise of the Resistance at “Star Wars” Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World. The ride officially opens to the public Thursday. Check out the ride and their reaction in the player above. They also had a chance to ride “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.” Watch them get behind the controls in the player below: Be sure to subscribe to Marcus’s theme park podcast […]

  • ‘Justice League’ stars, fans urge studio to #ReleasetheSnyderCut

    The stars and some fans of “Justice League” want the version by the film’s original director Zack Snyder to be released. Many were unhappy with the 2017 film, which had several scenes reshot when director Joss Whedon took over, after Snyder left the project because of a family tragedy. Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman in the movie joined costars Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher and Ezra Miller in calling for the Snyder Cut’s release. Soon after, #ReleasetheSnyderCut began trending Monday […]

  • Coastin’ the Country Ep. 13: New Axis S&S roller coaster prototype breakdown

    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. Not too long ago, I was talking to a fellow roller coaster enthusiast about all of the new rides that have been announced for next year, and all of the stuff that is rumored to be happening soon. And I said to him – “They’ve pretty much done everything […]

  • Chicago bar installs over 70 Big Mouth Billy Bass to sing popular songs in unison

    CHICAGO — Remember the Big Mouth Billy Bass singing fish that was so popular back in the 90s? Well, a bar in Chicago now has more than 70 of them hanging on a wall singing popular songs in unison. Ashley Albert, a co-owner of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, said coming up with the idea and finding the fish was one thing; choreographing the fish was another. Albert brought in Adam Lassy, a partner of design group Studio Quasi in […]

  • Video captures Chicago-area veteran surprising parents with visit

    GENEVA, Ill. — The chef and owner of the popular “All Chocolate Kitchen” in Geneva, Illinois got the surprise of a lifetime when his veteran son came home to see him. Alain Roby and his wife were trading their car for a new one. What they didn’t know was who would be in the passenger seat of their new car — their son, who was returning home from the Army. Private First Class Adrian Roby was returning home as a […]

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