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
  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]