Mark Suppelsa

Mark Suppelsa is the co-anchor of WGN News at Four, Five, Nine and Ten. He first joined the WGN-TV team in July 2008, but has been working in the TV news business for 33 years.

Prior to joining WGN-TV, Mark spent five years at Fox O&O, WFLD, anchoring Fox News Chicago at Nine. He spent ten years at Chicago’s NBC O&O, WMAQ-TV as a weekend anchor, reporter and early evening news anchor.

Mark is a 9-time Regional Emmy winner and has been awarded the Edward R. Murrow award for reporting along with numerous Illinois Associated Press awards for reporting and anchoring. Over the years, Mark has covered a variety of stories including Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s first visit to the United States in 1990, the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, 6 National Conventions, President Obama’s historic first Inauguration and more recently many investigative stories in Chicago. Mark has also interviewed four U.S. presidents.

Mark was born in Milwaukee, WI, but grew up in the Chicago area, where he now lives with his family.

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    What will become of Trump’s business ties to Chicago?

    We in the news business like to report on what we’ve learned, but with all the questions about potential business conflicts with the new president, we’re finding out how much we don’t know. So, bottom-line for us here, what role will Chicago’s Trump Tower play in the legal fight over presidential ethics? WGN Investigates looks at President Trump’s Chicago businesses and wound up with more questions than answers. Trump says that he has no conflict as president. The president says […]

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    How modern day train robberies are bringing more guns to Chicago

    CHICAGO — Chicago streets are marked with the remnants of gun violence. In a continuing look at how illegal guns are flowing into Chicago, WGN Investigates shows that modern day train robberies are bringing hundreds of guns to our city. The train robberies of the past are legendary, glorified in the movies. There are stories of shoot outs and explosions. Unfortunately, it hasn’t stayed in the past. Today, train robberies are still happening, perhaps with less drama, but every bit […]

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    So-called ‘town bully’ of Galena found not guilty in man’s death

    GALENA —  Chaos erupted in the courtroom Tuesday after the man many call the “town bully” of Galena, Jim Peters, was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a man following a fight at a gas station in the quiet resort town. The victim’s sister cried out against the judge: “I hope you rot in hell.” Last week, WGN Investigates showed you the case of Jim Peters. He’s well-known in that quaint resort town as a man often in trouble. It […]

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    Family questions judge’s history with defendant in ‘bully of Galena’ case

    GALENA — One should never underestimate the power of a judge. A whole town knows that he, and he alone, will decide the fate of a man some call Galena’s town bully. Jim Peters is charged with involuntary manslaughter for throwing punches that led to a guy’s death. He admits decking Brian Friede, but only after he says Friede ambushed him at a local gas station. When asked by WGN Investigates, Peters said, “You don’t even have to talk to […]

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    Death investigation involving ‘town bully’ of Galena sets resort town on edge

    GALENA — Three hours northwest of Chicago is a resort town famous for its golf courses in the summer and skiing in winter. It’s also the historical home of President Ulysses S. Grant. So what drew WGN investigates to Galena? Turns out there’s a scandal that’s got many of its 3,000 residents talking. One man is dead, another charged and a mother is left to grieve. Beverly Friede is the victim’s mother. She spent six days at the hospital praying […]

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    Tracing guns in America: An impossibly tough job

    WGN Investigates traveled to a place most would drive by. You would never suspect a non-descript building in the middle of “somewhere” West Virginia is the largest gun tracing center in America. It houses an impressive gun collection with 19,000 weapons. Drawer after drawer is packed with guns of all sorts and kinds. Max Kingery is the Chief of the Firearms Technology Criminal Branch with ATF. And according to Kingery, “This collection allows us to compare known firearms to a […]

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    World’s best bullet tracers helping to solve gun violence crimes in Chicago

    No other city sends more bullets from crimes to the national bullet tracing lab outside Washington, D.C. run by the ATF. In fact, the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators tell WGN Investigates, last year alone it made 1400 bullet trace hits from Chicago alone. A hit is when they connect a bullet to a gun in a crime. What’s it like inside that lab which is crucial to our city, that is drowning in gun violence? It begins on […]

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    Live Blog: Dodgers win Game 3

    LOS ANGELES — The Cubs and Dodgers meet in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series tonight. The teams split the first two games in Chicago. Rich Hill gets the start for Los Angeles after failing to make it out of the fifth inning in his two starts in the NLDS due to blisters. The Cubs go with workhorse Jake Arrieta. Follow along on our live blog below and go Cubs!

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    Cubs nation lying in wait in L.A.

    LOS ANGELES — The Chicago Cubs are 2,000 miles away getting ready for tomorrow’s showdown against the Dodgers. The team is in Los Angeles for Game 3 of the National League Championships Series. WGN’s Patrick Elwood visited the Tinhorn Flats in Burbank, a Chicago restaurant and bar in southern California. Meanwhile, WGN’s Mark Suppelsa got a look at Dodger Stadium.  

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    Judging the Judges: Trouble in the courtroom

    It’s quiet after hours in the courtrooms at the Cook County Circuit Court, but you still feel the sense of dignity and the power of the man or woman who sits in judgment over everyday people. This job is so important to you and me that we vote on who can occupy this seat. Yet, it’s Chief Judge Tim Evans who picks among the elected judges which will sit in traffic, civil or criminal court. Making that call is power […]