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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
  • The real history of the Salem witch trials

    For hundreds of years, witch hunts in Europe claimed thousands of victims. The witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 led to the execution of 20 people. Larry Potash looks at the events of 1692, and what may have really been going on, through the eyes of a women who has investigated it more than anyone, author Maiylinne Roach. Listen to this story on the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player below. Subscribe to Backstory on iTunes, Stitcher, […]

  • Fact-checking the real case that inspired ‘The Exorcist’

    It’s been called the scariest movie of all time. 1973’s The Exorcist. Directed by Chicago native (and WGN-TV alum) William Friedkin, the movie is based on a book of the same name, which itself is based on a “real” case in 1949. A psychologist obtained documents from the Church investigation of that case, and Larry Potash gives them a hard look. Listen to this story on the “Backstory with Larry Potash” podcast in the player below. Subscribe to Backstory on […]

  • How speaking to the dead became a sensation, and is being debunked today

    Backstory airs Saturday nights at 10:00 on WGN-TV and streams live to any device at WGNtv.com/Backstory And check out the Backstory podcast wherever you get your podcasts, just search “Backstory with Larry Potash.” How did the idea of communicating with the dead become so popular in the 19th century? A pair of sisters convinced people that they had a remarkable ability, and sparked an entire movement. But what made people so receptive to the idea of communicating with the dead? […]

  • The American town where spiritualism and abolition thrived in the 19th century

    Backstory airs Saturday nights at 10:00 on WGN-TV and streams live to any device at WGNtv.com/Backstory The pilgrims landed in Plymouth. Salem’s witch hunt started several decades later. And several decades after that, the American revolution began in Boston. But between Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, is Larry Potash’s hometown of Lynn. It was once the shoe capital of the world. But it was also known as a center for abolition and spiritualism; with tales of a famous fortune teller, a […]

  • Searching for meteorites in Lake Michigan

    CHICAGO — Falling stars have captured our imagination since the beginning of time; however, they’re not stars at all, but rather meteors. As part of the Adler Planetarium’s Aquarius Project, a group of Chicago kids are trying to be the first team to retrieve a meteorite underwater and solve some of the mysteries of the universe. Larry Potash has the Backstory of these scientists turned storytellers. Backstory airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. and Sundays at 11 p.m. on WGN-TV. Check […]

  • 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— […]

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