Mark Suppelsa

Mark Suppelsa is the co-anchor of the WGN Evening News at Five and Six and WGN News at 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.


Recent Articles
  • A 50-year-old report called for taking on racism in America – but what’s been done?

    CHICAGO — A 50-year-old best-selling book bluntly warned white racism led to the black riots of the ’60s. But are we dangerously close to repeating history in America? Over 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Chicago and lead a peaceful protest to demand affordable housing, jobs and civil rights for African-Americans. Dr. King was assassinated not long afterward on April 4, 1968. The next day, all hell broke loose in parts of Chicago. A two mile […]

  • Purdue professor’s quest brings names from the Bible to life

    The Bible is one of the most widely read books ever. But who in those stories are real or fable? One man has embarked on a lifelong quest to trace names found in archaeological digs to those written about in the bible. He is a man who emphasizes faith is an individual and personal choice. Some believe, some don’t. About two hours south of Chicago, at Purdue University, WGN’s Mark Suppelsa met Associate Professor Larry Mykytiuk. He is a believer […]

  • Inside the mind of a former neo-Nazi: ‘It was easy to hate somebody I didn’t know’

    CHICAGO — Christian Picciolini says he wasn’t raised a racist by his Italian immigrant parents who came to Chicago. He got into white supremacy in 1987 when he said he was a lost 14-year-old boy just hooking up with a rough crowd. He learned to hate. He formed a band promoting white power. There was even a gig in Germany where Picciolini posed in front of a concentration camp. The Blue Island man wound up on talk shows spewing hate as a self-described racist. On […]

  • Dean Angelo talks about his time with Chicago police union

    He’s been at the forefront of the debate involving Chicago police and the fight against crime. Dean Angelo led the Chicago office of the Fraternal Order of Police up until earlier this year. He joined Mark Suppelsa to talk about the issues facing Chicago police and the city.

  • Garry McCarthy not ruling out run for Chicago mayor

    Chicago’s last superintendent isn’t ruling out a run for mayor. Former police chief Garry McCarthy addressed the rumors when he stopped by the WGN News at 6. Mccarthy admits being bitter about being fired but he says he wouldn’t run against the mayor just for revenge. He took credit for a 50 year low in the murder rate and he called the justice department probe of Chicago policing as deeply flawed The wide ranging interview touched on President Trump, Gov […]

  • Independent investigation launched in Schiller Park deaths

    SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — Follow up on our Schiller Park investigation: WGN Investigates learned the same night candidate Nick Caiafa appears to have won the mayoral seat. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to us that it’s opened an independent investigation into the deaths of Caiafa’s two previous girlfriends. Caiafa’s unofficially leading 55 percent to 45 percent against incumbent Barbara Piltaver tonight. Our reports focused on the Schiller Park Police Department investigations, in which a former assistant state attorney and […]

  • WGN Investigates Schiller Park Follow-up: The mayor’s letter

    Late Friday, the mayor of suburban Schiller Park called for an independent death investigation after a WGN Investigates report this month. (Read the mayor’s full letter here (pdf)) In our story, we found two slipshod police investigations into the deaths of two past girlfriends of a man who is running against the mayor. It’s the latest in a firestorm that has the police department defending itself, backing the candidate, angry with the mayor, and as you’ll see from Thursday night’s […]

  • Schiller Park Follow-up: A Call For Independent Investigation

    Late Friday, the mayor of suburban Schiller Park called for an independent death investigation after a WGN Investigates report this month. In our story, we found two slipshod police investigations into the deaths of two past girlfriends of a man who is running against the mayor. It’s the latest in a firestorm that has the police department defending itself, backing the candidate, angry with the mayor, and as you’ll see from Thursday night’s village board meeting, angry at WGN for our investigation. It […]

  • Sen. Durbin wants more security at Chicago rail yard after major gun thefts

    CHICAGO  — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin told Norfolk Southern this week that it must do more to secure a major rail yard on Chicago’s South Side after three major gun thefts led to many of the weapons circulating in nearby violence-plagued neighborhoods, according to a letter the Illinois Democrat sent this week to the company’s CEO. Today’s announcement came just weeks after WGN Investigates showed that modern day train robberies are bringing hundreds of guns to our city. Durbin’s letter, provided to […]

  • 2 Girlfriends. 2 Deaths. 1 house. Many Questions.

    Politics can be a rough-and-tumble business at the highest level or as small as a local village. So we weren’t surprised when WGN Investigates received tips about the mayoral candidates in Schiller Park. A skeleton or two was bound to come out during a nasty campaign. What we didn’t expect to find was a police department choosing sides and a slipshod investigation into the deaths of not one, but two girlfriends of one candidate. The first girlfriend, Mary Fatigato, was […]