The Unauthorized Bio of Marcus Leshock:
As far back as I can remember I always wanted to work in the news business. Whether it was the black fingers from reading the newspaper when I was a kid, to long nights in the Northern Star newsroom in college, I just loved knowing what was happening – from the front page to the back.
Today, I’m on the Chicago airwaves at WGN Television – feature reporter of the early 4-6am hours of the WGN Morning News. I get to meet some fascinating people from all around the area and share their stories with viewers. It’s an amazing job that takes me to a different place and has me learning something new every day, and just like when I was a kid with that newspaper, I get to start my day dabbling in all of the topics I’m fascinated with – news, tech, sports, entertainment, food, roller coasters, social media and more. I encourage you to follow me there as well – wgntv.com/leshock.
My best story is at home, where I married an incredible woman named Jonna and had two equally-incredible children, Ruby and Oliver. Warning: you will be seeing plenty of them on this website. I’m trying hard to be the best father I can be, and I’m hoping this site will become an outlet where we can share as parents and get better at it in the process. So that’s me. My goal is that this site can be a place where I can share interesting stories and videos, but most importantly, get to know all of you through interesting conversations. Please feel free to get in touch with me through the contact page or any of my various social networks (buttons above!). Now…back to work!
The Official Bio of Marcus Leshock:
Since September 2013, Marcus Leshock is a regular contributor to the WGN-TV Early Morning Newscasts each day from 4-6 am. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and television host who joined WGN-TV as a feature reporter in 2009. He previously featured all of the interesting people, places, and trends around the Chicagoland area on WGN Evening News. Food, fashion, technology, social media, sports, entertainment, and news – if Chicago is talking about it, it’s been on his “Leshock Value” segment.
Before joining WGN, Marcus Leshock 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, reporting live from technology events in San Francisco and San Jose. Marcus Leshock is also very active online and on social media. You can follow his constant updates in the field on Twitter (@MarcusLeshock), Facebook (facebook.com/leshock), Instagram (@MarcusLeshock) and YouTube (youtube.com/mjleshock) where his video features, celebrity interviews and movie reviews have generated more than 7 million views.
Marcus Leshock 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 Leshock earned both a B.A. and M.A. in Communication from NIU; while in school, he worked at the Northern Star newspaper where he edited “The Weekender” entertainment section, as well as contributing entertainment reports at the Northern Television Center. He currently serves as an adjunct instructor at DePaul University’s College of Communication. When Marcus Leshock isn’t working, he’s at home with his wife chasing their two children around the house and loving every minute of it.