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. Four of his nine Emmy Awards have been for Best Anchor. The Illinois Broadcasters Association also honored Larry with nine 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
  • ‘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 […]

  • Larry finds some old albums about love for Valentine’s Day, and gets some special help

  • Woman captures family history the old fashioned way

    It’s easy to forget — grandma was young once and lived a life, in some ways, very different from the one we’re living today. WGN’s Larry Potash met one woman who is preserving a way of life, and teaching others how to pass along stories through the generations. Sure you have your selfies, which will probably be on your phone forever. But this grandma’s method is a little more comforting and a little more heartfelt. Watch her story in the […]

  • Larry’s bright idea on how to get social media score up

  • That’s Bull****! How alleged psychics try to fool you

    When you want answers to the great mysteries of life, WGN Morning News is your source for truth. The Independent Investigations Group, based in Los Angeles, are a team of investigators that looks into mysteries — whether it be haunted houses or consumer products making extraordinary claims. They have a $100,000 challenge for anyone who can prove the paranormal. The team is led by Jim Underdown from Wheaton. WGN’s Larry Potash sat down with him for a new segment called, “That’s Bullsh**!” Watch […]