Mark Suppelsa has co-anchored Fox News at Nine since September 2004. He previously reported for that broadcast and also anchored Fox News at Noon. Before that, he spent more than 10 years across town as primary anchor and reporter for WMAQ-TV.
Mark's twenty years of broadcast news experience include covering major international stories. He reported from Poland in 1989, just prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1990, Mark covered Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev's first visit to the United States. The following year, he interviewed Gorbachev's successor, Boris Yeltsin. In 2000, Mark reported on the Summer Olympics from Sydney, Australia and in 2002 he reported from Mexico City on Pope John Paul II's last trip to the Americas. Last year, Mark covered President Ronald Reagan’s state funeral and also anchored nightly reports for Fox Chicago from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.
Closer to home, Mark has filed more than 100 reports for his "Closer Look" segment. He has toured one of the country's largest assault weapons manufacturers, investigated airport security and interviewed everyone from boxing promoter Don King to former presidential candidate Bob Dole. Mark was "buried alive" as part of a federal terrorism drill in 2003, becoming the only Chicago reporter to participate in the exercise. He continues to fuel his passion for reporting by scoring exclusive interviews with local newsmakers and exploring topics like adolescent steroid abuse with his trademark in-depth style.
Mark has won many prestigious awards for his reporting. They include four Emmys, an Edward R. Murrow award, and the Society of Professional Journalists' Peter Lisagor award for excellence in reporting. In 1997, Mark was one of a dozen rising stars named to Electronic Media's "Hot List," the trade magazine's first roundup of "the best and most exciting young talents in the industry." While at WMAQ, Mark won special acclaim for his undercover investigation of horse abuse and for reporting for nearly 24 straight hours on the deadly Amtrak crash near Bourbonnais. Mark also anchored that station’s coverage of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Mark grew up in the Chicago area and is a distinguished graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he studied broadcast journalism. Before returning to Chicago, he worked at WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wis. and KSTP-TV in Minneapolis.