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
  • 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 […]

  • Coastin The Country: Marcus Leshock rides ‘Phoenix’ coaster with his dad

    ELYSBURG, Pa. — Marcus Leshock and his 83 year-old father ride the “Phoenix” wooden roller coaster at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort. In the latest Coastin’ The Country segment, Dan Leshock showed Marcus around his hometown amusement park and shared some of his favorite memories — before getting on board one of the top ranked wooden roller coasters in the world! Check out the full ride here! Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, PA 800-487-4386

  • Pigeon found wearing rhinestone vest in Arizona — is it yours?

    PEORIA, Ariz. — An Arizona rescue shelter is looking for the owner of a pigeon that was found making a bold fashion statement: rhinestones! The bird was brought to the Fallen Feathers Bird Rescue wearing a bedazzled vest after a woman in Glendale found it trying to get through her sliding glass door, according to KTVK. Fallen Feathers has nicknamed him “Liberace.” Besides the vest, there are other signs that the bird is someone’s pet. “A wild bird naturally flies to […]

  • Chicago-area 13-year-old girl is foster parent to neonatal kittens for PAWS

    CHICAGO — Julia Plambeck is 13 years old and spends her time fostering neonatal kittens for PAWS Chicago. The neonatal kittens are just under three weeks old and need to be bottle-fed every couple of hours and given medications. When the kittens are older and weigh enough, they are returned to PAWS to move on to their surgical procedures before being available for adoption. Julia spreads her message of fostering through her Instagram account, Julie_fosters, where she has nearly 3,000 followers. […]

  • Experience Thailand for free — and get paid — with this dream job

    Ω If you’re looking for a dream job, Thailand may be the place to look. Thailand’s tourism authority is partnering with a production company on a new travel show, And they need a host. It needs to be somebody who is comfortable having their travel experiences in Thailand on camera. Your job would be to find the hidden gems in the country. Everything would be paid for, plus a salary. The show is going to air on Amazon Prime and […]

  • There’s now a Keurig pod machine for cocktails

    Keurig is partnering with Anheuser Busch for its latest endeavor — a cocktail machine! The Drinkworks Home Bar uses pods just like regular Keurig machines, but instead of coffee, you get a cocktail. To make the machine work, users will have to fill it with water and hook up a CO2 tank, The Verge reports. Drinkworks comes with one CO2 tank that will make 15-18 drinks, and then refill tanks cost $14.99 for a two-pack. As for the cocktail pods, there are […]

  • Many homeowners don’t know these simple ways to cut their property tax bill

    INVERNESS, Ill. — Carl Schrock has been living in Cook County since 1983. Like many other homeowners, taxes are always on his mind. To see how much his tax bill has gone up in 35 years? Frustrating. “I’m just kind of rolling with the punches,” Schrock said standing outside his Inverness home. Recently, Carl learned that he was qualified for property tax exemptions that could save big money off of his bill – but he wasn’t taking them. Analyst Andrea […]

  • The 30-hour Coffin Challenge comes to Six Flags Great America this weekend

    GURNEE, Ill. — After tons of buzz, the 30-hour “Coffin Challenge” is finally happening at Chicagoland’s Six Flags Great America this weekend. Six participants were selected from nearly 3,000 applications to stay in coffins for 30 hours through the cold weather and scares from the park’s Fright Fest actors Coffin competitors will only have 13 minutes each hour to check their phones, and only six minutes to go to the bathroom each hour. Blankets and pillows are allowed. Six Flags […]