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
  • 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 […]

  • Member of Ivy League secret society sheds light on how he joined, group’s influence

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above (Can’t see it? Click here). Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Secret societies are a common concern of conspiracy theories and Hollywood blockbusters alike. The legends surrounding them add to their mystique, while obscuring the truth. One thing is certain: such groups are dedicated to elevating members above others. It’s “us” versus “them.” At one time, Christianity was a secret society to avoid Roman […]

  • Robin Williams’ journey from Chicago origins to Hollywood icon

    Larry Potash has the Backstory of Robin Williams, from his birth in Chicago to his unlikely growth into a true legend of Hollywood.

  • Homeless artist turned pieces of wood into intricate biblical murals

    CHICAGO — Shunned by the public, Ed Lantzer worked in a warehouse night and day for 20 years to create biblical murals inspired by his dreams of saints and saviors. There is no dye, stain, or paint used in the eight-foot panels that make up his mosaics, but rather wood from 150 different kinds of trees, each lending its own shape, color or texture. Ed was homeless, and would often find his material at the bottom of a dumpster. Scarlet […]

  • They were Chicago’s first basketball champs — until the trophy was taken away

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above (Can’t see it? Click here). Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Chicagoans  know all about the basketball dynasty of the Bulls in the 1990s, but have probably never heard of a franchise that could have been just as dominant decades earlier: The Chicago American Gears. Maurice White owned the Chicago American Gear company in Chicago, where they made machine parts to help the war […]

  • Separating fact from fiction in the story of Al Capone, Eliot Ness and ‘The Untouchables’

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above (Can’t see it? Click here). Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Many are familiar with the “Untouchables” story portrayed by Robert De Niro as legendary gangster Al Capone and Kevin Costner as relentless investigator Eliot Ness, but while it was successful at the box office, in many ways it falls short as a reflection of history. We’ve heard […]

  • Eliot Ness’ files show how legendary investigator took on Capone, jaywalkers and a serial killer

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above (Can’t see it? Click here). Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. CLEVELAND — Legendary law enforcer Eliot Ness is a often associated with Chicago thanks to his battles with Al Capone and the mob, but as books and movies grew the legend around him, the question remains: what’s real, and what happened to him? Hidden in a historical […]

  • How George Washington’s time at Valley Forge saved the American Revolution

    We’ve all heard of Valley Forge, but most of us know little about it. It was winter, they were hungry, Washington rode a white horse — that’s pretty much it. But new research suggests what happened there altered the course of the American Revolution. After working for years as a war correspondent, author Bob Drury looked at new documents, including soldiers’ diaries and 2,000 orders issued by Washington, to gain a new appreciation of this pivotal moment in American history […]

  • Mickey Mouse is a beloved global icon, but what is his backstory?

    Listen to this episode of the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player above (Can’t see it? Click here). Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Mickey Mouse may be the biggest paradox in pop culture: people love him, but know nothing about him. You may have heard Mickey was first drawn by Walt Disney 90 years ago as he rode a train, desperate to save his company and inspired by pet mice he […]

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