Larry Potash joined WGN-TV News in August 1994 and has been anchoring WGN Morning News since 1995, just one year after its inception.

Larry does in-depth stories about history, science, religion and more. In 1996, he travelled to Asia to do a multi-part series on the culture of Hong Kong and the transition to Chinese sovereignty. His daily feature, “Larry’s World,” takes a look at the offbeat, fun and sometimes lesser known facts behind various pop culture phenomena and television news-making itself.

Larry has been recognized for his achievements in broadcasting. Five of his eleven Emmy Awards have been for Best Anchor. The Illinois Broadcasters Association also honored Larry with ten Silver Dome awards for Best Anchor in Chicago.

Larry came to WGN-TV from KOTV-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was a weekend anchor and political reporter. Prior to that, Larry worked at WFIE-TV in Evansville, Indiana, as a morning anchor. He also reported and anchored for KLMG-TV in Longview, Texas.

Larry received his Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications and Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College in Boston.

Recent Articles
  • Organization teaches people with developmental disabilities to adapt in working world

    RIVERWOODS, Ill. — When a couple is having a baby, they may have an idea of what life will be like. But, when a baby is born with a developmental disability, parents will face unique challenges — through every stage of life. Once kids with developmental disabilities are done with school, what happens next? They are so often ignored in society — but you can help. WGN’s Larry Potash takes us to a place that’s showing people how to adapt […]

  • Larry’s World: This story could save your life

  • Bugs Bunny and the Columbus myth


  • First American ‘James Bond’ author to release new novel

    Tomorrow is International James Bond Day and the 55th anniversary of “Dr. No,” the first James Bond film. After Bond creator Ian Fleming died, others were recruited to write the series. The first American was Raymond Benson, and he’s writing something new.  

  • ‘Stand Up For Kids’ helping to empower homeless teens across Chicago

    CHICAGO — The teenage years can be difficult for anyone — but kids living on the street face hunger and violence, and they face it alone. Chicago Public Schools reports 18,000 teens fight that fight every day. WGN’s Larry Potash looked at one agency that’s trying to help. ‘Stand Up For Kids’ helps homeless and street kids every day in cities across America. Their mission: to end the cycle of youth homelessness. The organization will host a fundraising concert, ‘Purplepalooza’, July 28. […]

  • The history of Park Ridge: Harrison Ford, Pickwick Theater, and America’s 1st Mustang

    PARK RIDGE, Il. —  WGN’s Larry Potash joined with Park Ridge historian, Judy Barclay, this morning at the WGN Morning News Block Party to give a tour of the town. Incorporated as the Village of Park Ridge in 1873, the town is known as “a wonderful place to live and work,” and is home to some famous individuals including, Hillary Clinton, Harrison Ford, Grant Wood, and Ron Santo. But that’s not all Park Ridge has to offer! The village’s iconic […]

  • The owner of America’s first Ford Mustang from Park Ridge

    PARK RIDGE, Ill. -Park Ridge has been home to many famous people including Harrison Ford, Hillary Clinton, Ron Santo, and Grant Wood. But this town of 37,000 people is also known for one famous car: a beautiful, skylight blue, convertible Ford Mustang. Gail Wise of Park Ridge is the owner of the first Mustang ever sold in America in 1964. So how did Gail get so lucky? “I graduated from teacher’s college and needed transportation to get to my new […]

  • Larry’s World: Can you spot the error in this baseball card?


  • Larry’s World: Flyers protest rock star and funniest police sketch of the year

  • Chicago-area police undergo de-escalation training following Laquan McDonald case

    Cases like the Laquan McDonald shooting highlight the need for a different kind of training. Chicago Police Department has initiated de-escalation training, in hopes of diffusing conflict before it elevates to violence. It’s a part of any officer’s job, whether they’re in the city or the suburbs. Officers in Wheeling, Lake Forest and Vernon Hills have recently undergone this de-escalation training. WGN’s Larry Potash went inside to see what they’re learning. Cities in Chicago-area doing de-escalation training: Evanston, Illinois Hammond, Indiana […]