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
  • How NASA sold the American public on space, going to the moon

    In a speech to Congress in May of 1961, President Kennedy set the goal of landing a man on the moon. It was indeed a bold goal. But how did the American public get sold on the idea? After all, going to space, and the moon, was an expensive proposition. So NASA embarked on a revolutionary sales pitch. In this Backstory, Larry Potash looks at the pitch to the public. Starting Monday morning, you can listen to this story on […]

  • Chicago’s secret Cold War history is hidden in plain sight

    Before the Cold War’s race for space, we had our eyes on the skies for a different reason: wondering if the Soviets would send bombers through U.S. airspace. It’s a story that’s becoming more distant with each passing day, but one Chicagoland veteran is sifting through the remnants of that era — missile silos hidden in plain sight — to teach a new generation lessons from the Cold War. Larry Potash has the Backstory. Starting Monday morning, you can listen […]

  • Haunting photos discovered in Chicago attic, painstakingly pieced together

    Salvaging old homes is a competitive business. There’s money to be made in old doors, stained glass and brass fixtures. Just ask Chicago’s Jimmy Nuter. He’s made a career out of it. But what he discovered in one North Side home was a priceless discovery: photographs. Photographs from another age, taken by a famous artist. In this piece from Backstory, Larry Potash learns how, like a detective, Nuter pieced together the evidence and discovered the backstory of the famous people […]

  • How a teen Rolling Stones fan chronicled their career from the inside

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above. Subscribe to Backstory on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. In 1978, Bill German turned 16 years old, and like many kids his age was a major Rolling Stones fan. He didn’t want to be a rock star, or simply go to their concerts. German wanted to chronicle their careers, and make a living doing so. How does an innocent, straight-A student from an orthodox Jewish […]

  • WGN’s Larry Potash gives helpful tips to college grads applying for jobs

    CHICAGO— Summer is almost over and recent college graduates have likely filled out many job applications in hopes of getting their first job. WGN Morning News Anchor Larry Potash said he has received some pretty bad resumes and cover letters in the past week. He talks about the mistakes that he has seen and how to fix them so grads can score their dream job: Address the person you are sending the job application to directly in your email/cover letter— […]

  • 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 […]

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