Larry Potash joined WGN-TV News in August 1994 and has been anchoring WGN Morning News since 1995, just one year after its inception. The highly rated show celebrates its 25th Anniversary in September 2019, and has regularly come in first in the ratings.

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. In October 2018, WGN-TV premiered “Backstory with Larry Potash” a new series that runs periodically as specials throughout the year. Potash explores the backstory behind some of the most intriguing tales in history, culture, religion and science from Chicago and beyond.

Larry has been recognized for his achievements in broadcasting. Five of his eleven Emmy Awards have been for Best Anchor. The Illinois Broadcasters Association honored Larry with ten Silver Dome awards for Best Anchor in Chicago. Larry also received a Best Show Silver Dome Award for Backstory in 2019.

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
  • Author says secret archive led him to killer who shot woman during Ireland’s ‘Troubles’

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above, or watch the TV version in the player below. Subscribe to Backstory on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. We haven’t heard much about the IRA in the news lately, but you may recall images of car bombs and masked gunmen from coverage of northern Ireland’s “Troubles” in the 60s and 70s. For decades, Irish nationalist Catholics fought Protestants loyal to Britain. “This was a series of […]

  • How one man is trying to rehab buildings — and the reputation — of a Colorado town

    CANON CITY, Colo. — About 10,000 residents of Canon City do not get to see the mountains the city sits below, because they are in prison. This prison is home to criminals like the Unabomber, the Boston Bomber and the man who attacked the World Trade Center in 1993. Many jobs in the town are related to the prison and several structures in the town are vacant and in disrepair. Residents say the stone walls and boarded windows don’t tell the […]

  • Man discovers how his father escaped a Nazi death march — twice

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above, or watch the TV version in the player below. Subscribe to Backstory on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. CHICAGO — A mysterious photo led a man to discover how his father had survived two death marches during the Holocaust. Jack Hersch said it was a tradition every Passover for his father, David, to tell his sons about how he escaped the Nazis. “He would talk about […]

  • John DeLorean’s rise to icon status, fall after drug bust brought to life in new docudrama

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above, or watch the TV version in the player below. Subscribe to Backstory on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. CHICAGO — While many remember the DeLorean thanks to its appearance in “Back to the Future,” the story of its origins is just as entertaining. Some may not realize the car is actually named after the man who created it. John DeLorean grew from an engineer into an […]

  • Inside a former NW Illinois jail voted as the best B&B in the US by TripAdvisor users

    GALENA, Ill. — What was once a county jail in a historic area of Galena, IL is now a bed and breakfast offering what its website describes as the “ultimate in relaxation, luxury accommodations and location.” “If you would’ve told me six years ago, ‘you’re gonna buy a jail and live in and convert it,’ I’d say, ‘what?'” innkeeper Matthew Carroll said of the transformation. Today, the Jail Hill Inn is known for its friendly atmosphere, and TripAdvisor users ranked […]

  • Meet Ron Stallworth, the real-life ‘BlacKkKlansman’

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above, or watch the TV version in the player below. Subscribe to Backstory on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. How does a black detective go undercover to investigate the Ku Klux Klan? Ron Stallworth said he “used the language of hate” to gain the confidence of Grand Wizard David Duke, who personally processed his membership in the KKK. Spike Lee even turned Stallworth’s tale into the critically-acclaimed […]

  • How a Chicago man helped capture the WWII German sub now at MSI

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above, or watch the TV version in the player below. Subscribe to Backstory on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. CHICAGO — Admiral Daniel Gallery of Chicago didn’t want to just sink German submarines during World War II. He wanted to capture one. The Nazis sunk hundreds of vessels during World War II and Americans worked to play catch-up. Eventually, the U.S. Navy became offensive against them. Head […]

  • How one shot helped save pinball’s future

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above, or watch the TV version in the player below. Subscribe to Backstory on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — Roger Sharpe, an aspiring journalist, was asked to write an article for a trade magazine, later known as GQ, on pinball in 1975. Sharpe couldn’t find any books about it, so he did some research and became hooked on pinball. “It’s based on skill, […]

  • Mystery man at the White House

    As the nation’s first national security adviser in then midst of the Cold War, Robert Cutler knew all the White House’s secrets— while keeping a big one of his own. Cutler was a poet, novelist, lawyer, banker, brigadier general, and political operative. He worked on the “I Like Ike” campaign before joining President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s administration as his liaison with the national security team. Given his high intellect and low profile, he became known as the Mystery Man of […]

  • Even his wife didn’t know Chicago toy store owner was a master thief

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above, or watch the TV version in the player below. Subscribe to Backstory on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. CHICAGO — When federal agents came for Phil Cresta in 1974, not even his wife knew why the toy store owner was being arrested. Later she found out her husband was actually the best thief on the eastern seaboard, and had been hiding out from […]

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