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
  • Introducing the ‘Coastin’ the Country’ podcast with Marcus Leshock

    As many of you know, Marcus Leshock is a big fan of roller coasters and theme parks, and now he has his very own podcast to talk all about them! Every week Marcus will rundown the latest news in the theme park world, and do plenty of traveling along the way. There will be trip reports from the biggest roller coaster openings, and expert tips for traveling with your family to amusement parks across the country. In the first episode, […]

  • How to make traditional Irish Soda Bread

    Mary Corcoran teaches Marcus Leshock how to make traditional Irish Soda Bread just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day. Corcoran, who grew up in County Cork, Ireland grew up having Irish Soda Bread nearly everyday as it was a staple in her household. “The Native American’s discovered baking soda,” Corcoran said. “It was brought to Europe around the 1840’s. They started making soda bread and that’s how it started.”   Ingredients: 4 cups flour 4 Tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking […]

  • Preview of the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

    Marcus Leshock visited the 2019 Chicago Auto Show to test out some of the newest models to hit the showroom. The show begins Saturday and will run through February 18. For more on what you can expect to see at the Chicago Auto Show check back Saturday at 6 p.m. on WGN-TV.

  • No Coaster Con 2019: What’s coming to theme parks

    WGN`s Marcus Leshock takes a look at what roller coasters are coming to theme parks in 2019,

  • Marcus checks out latest and greatest in home appliances

    It’s Consumer Electronics Show week in Las Vegas. WGN’s Marcus Leshock is having his show own in Glenview at Abt Electronics. He went to find the latest and greatest when it comes to technology for your home appliances.

  • Local teen CEO’s ‘Brick Loot’ business continues to grow

    DEERFIELD, Ill. — Parker Krex is a local teenager who has his own company called Brick Loot. The company makes Lego subscription boxes and has a retail store. Marcus Leshock first told you about Parker in 2016, so he thought he’d check back in with him. “Brick Loot” just moved into a brand new space. Brick Loot 151 S. Pfingsten Rd., Suite E Deerfield, IL

  • Watch Chicago man’s emotional reaction to finding out he’s getting new lungs

    CHICAGO — Video captured the moment when Kevin D’Agostino learned his life would change forever. His family woke him up in the middle of the night to give him the news — he would be receiving a much-needed lung transplant. “No way mom, not tonight! NO WAY!” he said in the video, simply shocked and overjoyed. Kevin’s brother Michael posted the video to Facebook and Instagram, with an update that Kevin’s surgery at Loyola University Medical Center went well. The video […]

  • Emotional video captures father battling ALS dancing with daughter at wedding

    WHITING, Ind. — A wedding photographer captured a moment for a northwest Indiana family that they weren’t sure was possible — the bride’s father, who is battling ALS, got up out of his wheelchair and danced with his daughter. “I have never documented something so beautiful in my life,” photographer Elias Pabon said in a Facebook post with the video, which has been viewed over 32,000 times. “This is what strength is. This man inspires me. I was even crying behind […]

  • Mistwood Golf Dome: Indoor virtual golf facility in Bolingbrook

    WGN’s Marcus Leshock checks out Mistwood Golf Dome in Bolingbrook. For more information, go to:

  • PETA urges people to stop using ‘anti-animal language’

    The animal rights organization PETA wants you to change the way you talk. The group recently tweeted a photo, which offered alternatives for common phrases that use “anti-animal language.” One example is saying “feed two birds with one scone” instead of “kill two birds with one stone.”  Another example is instead of saying “bring home the bacon,” you should say “bring home the bagels.” “Just as it became unacceptable to use racist, homophobic language, phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will […]

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