Mark Suppelsa
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Mark Suppelsa is co-anchor of WGN News at Nine and WGN News at Five. He joined WGN-TV in July 2008.

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.

For more than 25 years in the business of broadcasting, Mark’s experience include covering Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev’s first visit to the United States, reporting the 2000 Summer Olympics from Sydney, Australia and accolades for his investigative reporting.

Recent Articles
  • WGN Investigates: An officer’s lie and the boss who backed her up

    Understanding the fear Debra Green says she lives, one must go back in time to March 19, 2010 and the funeral for her sister. The south sider says it was a horrific day burying her best friend. Then, she says, it got much worse. As the procession left the funeral home, it headed west on 79th Street towards Vincennes. That’s when a Chicago police officer –driving her own car and late for work – cut in. Green says she pointed […]

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    Nearly 50 people from Illinois, including local firefighters, stranded in Mexico after hurricane

    Forty-eight people from Illinois are are stranded in Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas after Hurricane Odile. The group includes 16 firefighters from Hoffman Estates. The firefighters and thousands of tourists have been trapped in Cabo for days and now power, food and water are running low. Flights resumed Tuesday, but with massive looting in the area, the firefighters say there’s not a safe way to get to the airport. Sources tell WGN the U.S. has just requested permission from Mexican government to grant approval for […]

  • The Invisible Sheik: Who is ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi?

    Whether you call them ISIL as President Obama does or ISIS as many of us know them, the group is considered a threat certainly in the Middle East and possibly here at home. So who is the man, nicknamed the “Invisible Sheik,” leading this terrorist organization? Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a wanted man. There is a $10 million dollar reward to bring him to justice for his crimes like the beheading of U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and […]

  • Indiana guns: Favorite of Chicago gangbangers

    In six years, 3,824 guns taken off Chicago gang bangers that were used in crimes came from our next door neighbor: Indiana. It’s why WGN Investigates took undercover cameras over the border to see why. Our producer and photographer walked in to an Indianapolis gun show one recent Saturday afternoon wearing undercover camera gear. They listened as one gun dealer showed them a semi-automatic with a 30 round magazine. Asked why anyone would need that, the dealer said, “Everybody needs […]

  • Mark Suppelsa previews story about non-stop flow of guns from out of state

    As Chicago struggles with a rise in shootings, Chicago’s top cop keeps pointing at one main problem: A non-stop flow of guns from out of state. The number one state?  Indiana. Tonight on WGN News at Nine, Mark Suppelsa has a WGN Investigation on how easy it is to buy them there. Here’s a preview.

  • Man charged with fraud in flood grant program, 4 years after WGN breaks story

    Four years after WGN Investigates broke the story about how Chicago area flood relief money was being spent, the Feds make an arrest. Barry Croall is accused of swindling $330,000 from a $10 million grant that was supposed to go to homeowners. WGN Investigates questioned Croall back in 2010 about a lavish party he threw at Brookfield Zoo for flood victims. He denied any wrongdoing, eventually sending us an incomplete pile of spending records. Croall was to be arraigned in federal court Thursday. […]

  • Photo implies ISIS threat to Chicago

    There is another chilling Chicago connection in the battle between the US. and extreme Islamic militants isil (ISIS). First there’s the beheading of the journalist who was the Northwestern graduate. Now WGN Investigates has found an online war of words and disturbing images that includes an implied threat to a Chicago landmark building. It’s a nasty, sometimes horrible back and forth coming on the heels of U.S. bombing of ISIS forces in Iraq involving Facebook and Twitter pages with titles […]

  • Chicago Sings The Delta Blues As Guns Flow North

    Last night at 9 our WGN Investigation showed you the devastation caused by one gun from one Mississippi town. Now we`re going to take you to down the blues highway where Chicago`s ties to music has a new rival: It’s also a pathway connection to guns. We begin in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where a favorite son wrote, Sweet Home Chicago. When Chicagoans hear the city’s anthem, they immediately think of the Blues Brothers. But Robert Johnson’s name is rarely spoken about […]

  • The Blues Highway Gun Run: Tracing guns from Mississippi to Chicago

    One of Chicago’s toughest problems is, in part, imported from a place that also brought us our city’s most cherished music. Over the past four years, more than a thousand firearms seized in Chicago came from Mississippi.  So our WGN investigation took us South to trace the flow of guns. We started on a sweltering summer night down in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The residents had gathered around the courthouse square not minding the heat. The streets were blocked off leaving […]

  • Country Club Hills: WGN told you so

    You know the old saying: I told you so? Well we told you so in several WGN- Better Government Association investigations into a small south suburban town. An audit confirms a whole lot of financial shenanigans going on. It’s been three years since we first went walking with Mayor Dwight Welch of Country Club Hills challenging him about outrageous credit card charges on the city’s dime. “It’s a small amount of money when you look at the overall emphasis of […]


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