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
  • 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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    WGN Investigates: Can you believe someone lives in this house?

    Carl Shelley said to WGN when we arrived at his home to ask about numerous complaints about its condition, “I’d appreciate any help, buddy.” Post-recession, many homeowners are still struggling, really struggling. In some cases, their house is falling down. WGN Investigates got a tip about Mr. Shelley’s South Side home. Though right next to a beautiful church and the very busy Roseland Hospital, the house had fallen into the disrepair of a 3rd world country. Mr. Shelley couldn’t help […]

  • Illegal Strip Club Shut Down

    South Suburban Harvey shuts down a strip club after a WGN Investigation into whether it was an illiegal operation.

  • Sports bar or secret strip club: What’s going on in Harvey?

    Sports bar or secret strip club: What’s going on in Harvey?

    If this is a sports bar, then maybe our undercover camera was at the wrong address.  Turns out, we had the right address.  But it certainly wasn’t the family restaurant promised to the Harvey city aldermen we talked to.  Alderman Joe Whittington told WGN he had no idea there were strip poles and female dancers inside this long abandoned office building until 6am on weekends.  Alderman Shirley Drewenski said the city doesn’t even give out 6am permits.  She was stunned […]

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    Unwanted Suburban Skin: How strip clubs sneak their way into quiet neighborhoods?

    How is it that unwanted strip clubs sneak their way into quiet suburban Chicago neighborhoods? An equally important question, who is the muscle behind the bullying tactics that make it so hard for these towns to fight back strip clubs? The mayor of Broadview says 90% of his residents don’t want a strip club that has fought 7 long, expensive years to set up shop there. The town, which is not an affluent community, has spent several hundred thousand dollars […]

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    Former top aide to Gov. Quinn pays money back after pension investigation

    An update to a WGN exclusive: A mistake in the pension system meant a former top aide to Governor Quinn was getting $137,000 per year. She should have been getting under $20,000. On Friday WGN was told, she has paid that money back. WGN traveled to downstate Paris, Illinois, to talk with 63-year-old Carolyn Brown Hodge. The former deputy chief of staff to Governor Quinn resigned in 2009. She said she only found out about the overpayment the day WGN […]


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