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
  • Rapper Lil Xan says he was hospitalized after eating too many Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

    Rapper Lil Xan said he was hospitalized earlier this week from eating too many Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. In a video posted to Instagram Tuesday, the Soundcloud rapper showed his hospital bracelet and said he feels good and healthy. He also cautioned fans to be careful with Hot Cheetos because “they are one hell of a drug.” “I was in the hospital, not doing any drugs, but I guess I ate too many Hot Cheetos and it ripped something in my […]

  • Philadelphia Flyers’ new odd-looking, fuzzy mascot Gritty has scared the internet

    PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot — a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard. The character’s debut triggered an outpouring of comments online, including “Good luck sleeping tonight, Flyers fans” and comparisons to ZZ Top and the Muppets. Twitter users created memes with Gritty taking the place of horror-movie villains and splicing his head onto other disturbing images. Good luck sleeping tonight, Flyers fans #Gritty — Trevor Robb (@TrevorRobb_) September 24, […]

  • Cubs’ Kris Bryant meets young fan after video with Astros’ Alex Bregman

    CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant met with a special fan at Wrigley Field Monday night. And that special fan is 12-year-old Faith Kuhn from Albuquerque, N.M. She was born with spina bifida and has undergone nearly 20 surgeries. She cheers on her brother when he plays baseball, but her favorite MLB player is Bryant. Houston Astros star Alex Bregman is a family friend of the Kuhns, and he posted a video on Instagram aimed at Bryant, telling him […]

  • Artist David Wallace Haskins plays with perceptions in new interactive exhibit ‘Polarity’

    ELMHURST, Ill. [- WGN-TV features reporter Marcus Leshock visited Elmhurst Art Museum, where Chicago-based multi-media artist David Wallace Haskins is premiering a new interactive light installation exhibit. The exhibit, titled “Polarity,”  is a collection of new video and light installation projects that aim to alter viewers’ perceptions of light, space, time and their orientation in the world. “I thought it would be interesting to create a series of experiences for the person, the whole body, to move into that breaks […]

  • Inside Chicago’s smart apartments

    WGN’s Marcus Leshock takes us inside the apartments being called the “smartest” in Chicago. For more information, go to:

  • Record-breaking Maxx Force launch coaster coming to Great America in 2019

    GURNEE, Ill. — Six Flags Great America in Gurnee has announced a triple-record breaking roller coaster coming to the park in summer 2019 — and our very own Marcus Leshock predicted it! Maxx Force will be the fastest launch coaster in North America. It will feature the fastest inversion and highest double inversion of any roller coaster in the world, according to a news release from Six Flags. “The new Maxx Force coaster is in a class all by itself, […]

  • Watch 11-year-old girl who met Drake find out she’s getting a new heart

    CHICAGO — Sofia Sanchez had two birthday wishes: one, to get a new heart; two, to meet Drake. The 11-year-old is diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and is in need of a heart transplant. She is currently a patient at Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital. Last week, Sofia got a surprise visit from Drake after a video she posted of her doing the “Kiki Challenge” was shared on social media. Drake was in town for his concert at the United Center, and it just so […]

  • WGN’s Marcus Leshock speculates on what’s coming to Six Flags Great America

    GURNEE, Ill. — In less than a week, all Six Flags parks will be announcing their new attractions for 2019, including Six Flags Great America. WGN’s roller coaster enthusiast Marcus Leshock speculates on what’s coming… The park has removed The Pictorium, cleared out the land around it and posted a sign there saying, “New thrills are coming here in 2019.” At first, many thought that a water park expansion was on the horizon. But after analyzing the park’s four teaser […]

  • 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) […]