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.