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
  • The new Great Wolf Lodge opens in Gurnee

    GURNEE, Ill. — The new Great Wolf Lodge and Waterpark is now open! A few months ago WGN’s Marcus Leshock gave a construction tour of the new lodge and waterpark. Marcus went back to see what the final product looks like. It opened July 1. Great Wolf Lodge 1700 Nations Dr, Gurnee, IL 60031 View the video in the player above. 

  • Kyle Schwarber surprises fans at suburban Down syndrome center

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. — Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber surprised fans at an adult Down syndrome center on Tuesday. The outfielder got a warm welcome and some cheers at the center, located at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Schwarber chatted with fans, signed autographs and took plenty of pictures. Advocate Health’s Adult Down Syndrome Center is a medical resource for teens and adults with Down syndrome, providing holistic care and educational support. What a fun afternoon! #EverybodyIn — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) […]

  • Coastin’ the Country: Raging Waves Waterpark

    YORKVILLE, Ill. — WGN`s Marcus Leshock traveled to Raging Waves, Illinois’ largest waterpark in Yorkville, Ill. to check out the new Quokka-Nut Island and Wild Wallabies body slides. Quokka-Nut Island is the newest addition for Raging Waves littlest mates (ages 2-5). Located within Kiddiebunga Bay, Quokka-Nut Island will include four new kiddie slides and a zero-depth pool which more than doubles the size of the existing kiddie pools. Additional interactive play features will include a coconut rain curtain, palm tree sprayers […]

  • Coastin’ The Country: Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana

    WGN’s Marcus Leshock is Coastin’ The Country — this time to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana! For more information, go to:

  • First beef jerky outlet in Illinois

    FOX LAKE, Ill. — Tuesday is National Jerky Day. WGN’s Marcus Leshock visited the first beef jerky outlet in Illinois. They have 100 varieties of jerky and let customers try before they buy. Check them out: The Beef Jerky Outlet 5 E Grand Ave Fox Lake, IL 60020

  • Blackhawks First Stride Program teaches game and STEM of hockey

    CHICAGO –  The Blackhawks season may be over, but that does not stop the goal. WGN’s Marcus Leshock visits its Get Out and Learn (G.O.A.L.) program. The program teaches children the game of hockey. A portion of the program is called First Stride where 4th and 5th grade students hit the ice and the classroom to learn the STEM of hockey. For more information about the program visit the Blackhawks website.

  • DePaul University Esports competition

    DePaul University is among many teams across the country who participate in video game competitions known as Esports.

  • WGN’s Marcus Leshock rides new Mardi Gras Hangover coaster at Six Flags

    GURNEE, Ill. – WGN’s Marcus Leshock rides the new Mardi Gras Hangover at Six Flags Great America with 13-year-old Special Olympics Illinois Coaster Ambassador Bryce Giron. The official opening of the coaster is Saturday, May 26. Members and season pass holders will be among the first to experience ride. Members will get exclusive ride time on May 23 and 24 and Season Pass Holders will get an exclusive ride event on May 25 before it opens to the public on May 26. […]

  • Local artist creates ‘CTA Project’ to tell the stories of people he meets on his commute

    Meet local artist Myron Laban. Myron is combining audio interviews, video work and paint on a canvas to tell the stories of people he meets on the CTA. Catch Myron’s artwork Friday, May 4 from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  at 1026 N. Milwaukee Watch his short film “CTA Project” here For more information, go to:

  • Watch WGN’s Marcus Leshock ride Cedar Point’s new coaster ‘Steel Vengeance’

    SANDUSKY, Ohio — WGN’s Marcus Leshock traveled to Sandusky, Ohio to check out Cedar Point’s brand new roller coaster “Steel Vengeance!” The ride is 205 feet tall and the first drop takes you down 200 feet at a 90-degree angle. Check out Marcus ride the coaster in the video player above!