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
  • Baby, family center of attention after dad’s Cubs game catch

    CHICAGO – Seven-month-old Isaac Hartley is all smiles Wednesday; he’s the talk of Chicago, because of what his dad did Tuesday night. People online are now buzzing about Keith Hartley’s catch. Comments on WGN’s Facebook page alone range from “Great catch dad” and “Best catch of 2015 so far” to “He put the baby in harm’s way … DCFS should be called” and “This idiot should be charged with child endangerment.” But Kari Hartley was sitting next to her husband at the […]

  • Photos suggest Cook County employee at probation building sleeping on job

    CHICAGO — Sleeping at work is typically frowned upon, especially if your job is monitoring criminals wearing electronic bracelets. However, a WGN Investigation caught one Cook County employee sleeping on the job. No one wanted to speak with us when we showed up at the county’s Adult Probation building. In hand were seven pictures of a woman sleeping at a desk. She is sometimes wrapped in a blanket. In other pictures, she has slumped forward with her head resting on […]

  • David vs. Goliath: Baby-faced millennial takes on Chicago Police Department

    Somewhere between age 14, when Freddy Martinez got his first computer and promptly took it apart, to now, a bashful, fidgety 28-year-old learned enough about technology to know more than most of us. Suddenly, his knowledge has led him to face off with the Chicago Police Department…. What he’s almost single-handedly done is expose the CPD’s super-secret, military grade, cell phone tracking operation. He and a few fellow protesters first noticed it a rally, ironically, demanding an end to illegal search and […]

  • Chicago Ridge votes to ditch future trustee insurance

    CHICAGO RIDGE, Ill. — Last month, WGN Investigates showed how part-time trustees of Chicago Ridge had a perk that made some politicians blush and residents furious. Tonight, that board of trustees cried uncle and in front of an unfriendly crowd, voted to change the perk. The part-time elected officials only had to serve two terms and taxpayers would pay most of their insurance freight for the rest of their lives.  And if they died, their spouses would enjoy the health […]

  • What a deal! (Except for the taxpayer): Suburban trustees get benefits forever

    CHICAGO RIDGE, Ill. — After working 30 years as a waitress in her home town of Chicago Ridge, Pat Kopchar is now retired and struggling on a fixed income.   She’s not looking for handouts to fix things like her leaky car held together by tape, but she’s certainly not interested in having her property taxes pay for a lifetime health insurance policy for her village trustees. WGN Investigates learned that part-time village trustees are getting full-time health benefits – forever. […]

  • Rev Jesse Jackson gives update on son, discusses MLK anniversary

    This Saturday marks the 47th anniversary of a somber day in America: The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Rev Jesse Jackson was there that day. He joined WGN News to talk about that day and gave an update on his son.

  • Union lobbyist suing to get back pension won in loophole

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill –There is now a follow up to a WGN and Chicago Tribune investigation from three years ago about an exposed a gaping pension loophole in Illinois. Union lobbyist David Piccioli was able to be a substitute teacher for a day and get a pension for life. Angry lawmakers took it away. Now Piccioli is suing to get it back, on the same grounds state workers are using to challenge the pension reform law in the Illinois Supreme Court […]

  • Sky’s The Limit: Brave New Drone World

    CHICAGO — It’s ready to explode: America’s drone industry. It has waited and waited for the FAA to green light this new industry. Countries like China and Canada, are far ahead of us. Finally, just three days ago, the FAA responded. But protecting good from bad is like trying to catch a falling star. But we’ll be the first to admit it.  It’s cool.  Just watching a homemade drone fly 200 feet over the WGN-TV studios is amazing, especially when […]

  • WGN Investigates gets results: Formal complaint filed against judge

    A judicial inquiry board filed a formal complaint Friday against Cook County circuit judge Beatriz Santiago accusing her of lying about her residency. A WGN Investigation showed Judge Beatriz Santiago decided to run for the bench when she lived in the house she still owns out of her sub-circuit. But because a judge must live in-their sub-circuit, Santiago said she moved back to her childhood home, a two flat, with her 10 brothers and sisters and their spouses and all […]

  • New municipal salary numbers may irk taxpayers

    CHICAGO — Ever wonder what your village manager makes? How about the chief engineer? just found some numbers that might make debt weary Illinois taxpayers angry. North Shore School District 112’s Treasurer makes a total of $485,000. One is Moshin Dada’s current salary. But he’s double dipping by taking home a pension from the teacher’s retirement system at the same time. How about Larry Frang, who is paid by taxpayers $392,400 for something called the Illinois Municipal League. What’s […]


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