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
  • ‘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 […]

  • Chicago-area man creates his own Batmobile from scratch

    CHICAGO — If you remember the Tim Burton movies — with Michael Keaton as Batman — you remember how cool that Batmobile was. Well, one Chicago-area man created the closest thing to the iconic car. Brian Hendler created what he described as the “Big Black Car” from a GM body, which he cut and built a frame underneath. But the car doesn’t just look like the Batmobile – it has a Boeing 5 jet engine in the back and even […]

  • 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 […]

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