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.

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

Recent Articles
  • Dental program gives low-income families orthodontic care they need

    For a teenager, getting your teeth fixed at the orthodontist can cost between $4,000-$6,000. But there’s a program to help families get the care they need. Donated Orthodontic Services (DOS) is made up of a network of orthodontists who volunteer their time and resources to care for the children of low-income families. DOS is accepting applicants nationwide. To be eligible, your child must meet all of the following areas: Be between the ages of 8 and 18 (depending on the state where […]

  • Mother of boy thought to be Gacy victim hoping new information leads to answers

    WGN News has followed the story of a mother who has been searching for her son for 40 years. Michael Marino was 14 years old when he disappeared in 1976. He was listed as a victim of John Wayne Gacy, the notorious serial killer who murdered 33 young men and boys. In 2016, DNA tests showed the body in her son’s grave was not his. His mother Sherry hopes newly redacted police reports and an age progression photo will help […]

  • Tyler Smith talks playing pro basketball, new book

    CHICAGO — Tyler Smith joined WGN Morning News to talk about his new book “Called for Traveling: My Nomadic Life Playing Pro Basketball Around the World.” Smith was a star basketball player at Lake Forest High School. He also played for Penn State where he battled future NBA star Zach Randolph. Smith helped Penn State to the 2001 NCAA Sweet 16, when they knocked out North Carolina. He then played pro ball on four continents, seven countries and 12 teams […]

  • The most unusual things people have done in job interviews

    Career Builder did a survey: The Most Unusual Things People Have Done in Job Interviews. They talked to hiring managers and got some pretty odd responses…

  • 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 […]