Harry Porterfield co-anchors the 11 AM news with Roseanne Tellez and continues the franchise he created at CBS 2 Chicago in 1977, “Someone You Should Know”, a series of profiles on everyday people who make a difference.
Described as a gentleman-journalist by his peers, Porterfield has earned the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia journalism award, along with 11 Emmy awards in his 45-year news career, including two features on WBBM-TV: Channel Two: The People and Two-on-Two.
Porterfield began his broadcast career as a jazz and gospel radio disc jockey in 1955 in Saginaw, Michigan, after earning a B.S. in chemistry from Eastern Michigan University in 1954.
His decision to pursue a career in television began at WKNK-TV, where he worked as a stagehand, cameraman and editor until 1964.
That year, Porterfield accepted a position as a news writer for WBBM-TV and was eventually elevated to reporter and then anchor of the station’s 6:00 PM news – a position he held until accepting a position as feature news reporter and substitute anchor at WLS-TV in Chicago in 1985. While working at WLS-TV, Porterfield earned a law degree from DePaul University in Chicago in 1993.
In 2008, the National Association of Black Journalists awarded Porterfield the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award – an honor which he shares with former CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Ed Bradley, Black Enterprise publisher Earl Graves and former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw.
In addition, Porterfield has been the recipient of several awards throughout his 50-plus-year career, including: The Distinguished Journalism Award from the Coalition for United Community Action; The Richard J. Daley Police Medal of Honor ; Outstanding Journalist Award from the Chicago Association of Black Journalists; the Studs Turkel Award for Journalism; the Media Fairness Award from PUSH; the Distinguished Service Award from the Gary, Ind. NAACP; the Kimberly Circle Guest of Honor Award from the Hadley for the Blind; and merit awards from the National Catholic Association and Allied Communications.
He spent years behind bars and now he works at showing kids exactly why they need to stay out of prison. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
For 30 years, Victor Grigolo worked as a heavy machine operator for the city of Chicago. But he had to retire at age 57 because of a heart condition. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
The last surviving patrol boat from Vietnam is being restored by a group of veterans who remember its importance. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
“You Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song” could easily be one of the world’s most popular tunes. Lifelong Chicagoan Ella Jenkins composed it more than 50 years ago for children, and it has never lost the quality that has endeared it to audiences everywhere.
CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a Chicago artist who captures the essence of legendary figures.
Laura Breton is the spirit of everything you’d expect a girl her age to be — with one exception. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
The Stryszak family of Burr Ridge has opened up their home to two elderly veterans. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
Fifteen hundred volunteers donate their time and energy to help run the organization. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to some of them.
Improvisation is a skill actors and comedians know a lot about, but now it’s being used in a special class for teens to help them learn important life skills. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
Meet Jackie Haltmeyer, traffic manager at the Black Hawk Molding Co. in west suburban Addison. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
He’s a master of the comb and scissors, and he’ll accept nothing but perfection in what he does. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
While the world around him continues to grow bigger, this artist has found success in making it smaller. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
Eight years ago, a procession of motorcycles gave birth to a tradition that will be celebrated again this weekend. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
One day a product development manager approached Esther Glickstein Rose with a question: What to call a new, bigger hamburger? CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
David Sapyta served in Vietnam. Lucy, his dog, served in Afghanistan. By adopting Lucy, David helped save her life. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a barber who uses his craft to help people during times of great stress.
CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to three guys who make beautiful sounds with their harmonicas.
Englewood native Vernard Gilmore has traveled the world to demonstrate his art. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a master-baker who’s all of 20 years old.
CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield pays a visit to service-oriented organization.