Harry Porterfield

porterfield Harry PorterfieldHarry 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.

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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.

Some craftsmanship of Fritz Werner, a "farrier" in Indiana. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Fritz Werner, Farrier

Shoeing horses is an ancient craft. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to an Indiana man who makes his living at it.


Rob Fulton inspects his carving of an American kestrel. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Bird Sculptor Rob Fulton

Talk about photo-realistic. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield gives us a look at some impressive carvings.


John and Carmen Decarrier (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: McDonald’s Couple

Carmen and John Decarrier both began working at a McDonalds some 30 years ago.


Members of Recovery on Water. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Recovery On Water

The history of rowing dates as far back as ancient Egypt, first as transportation, and then as a sport. Now, it’s being used as therapy for cancer patients and survivors.


Tony Blair (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Tony Blair, Founder Of The Blind Social Center

The Gary, Ind. not-for-profit helps the blind or people with visual impairments to learn new skills and offer support to each other. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Taylor Zitman (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Sculptor Taylor Zitman

As an 8-year-old, she felt she had a lot of creative ideas she wanted to express. She tried painting and drawing, but it just didn’t work. Then Harry Potter came along and inspired her.


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Someone You Should Know: Volunteers Of America

It’s hard for young veterans with families to find homes, and they can end up homeless. One group is trying to help, CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Chicago tailor Maurice Hood (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Tailor Maurice Hood

Maurice Hood worked on jackets for this weekend’s crop of NFL Hall of Fame inductees. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Ben Scheinkopf (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Barber Ben Scheinkopf, Holocaust Survivor

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to 96-year-old professional in West Rodgers Park who shows little sign of slowing down.


Julia Sinople at hockey practice. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Hockey Player Julia Sinople

Hockey’s just for boys, right? Wrong. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a Chicago area teen.


Aysia Lewis (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Inventor Aysia Lewis

Meet the brains behind the “Erasermitt.” CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Someone You Should Know

Someone You Should Know: The Kids At Giant Steps Elementary

For the kids at Giant Steps Elementary in Lisle, a school for autistic students, it’s a big deal: their own production of a show called “The Little Red Hen.”


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Someone You Should Know: Replica Car Maker Mat Klemp

The LaGrange resident was fascinated with the car in the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” so he made his own. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Bria Gamble (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Bria Gamble, Never Missed A Day Of School

As the 18-year-old prepares to graduate from Seton Christian Academy in South Holland, she leaves behind an incredible benchmark that few attain.


The Towns Brothers create a drawing in real-time as a narrator reads a story. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: The Towns Brothers

How can three artists create a single picture within minutes, working simultaneously together? Well, the Towns brothers can show you. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Catherine Beavers (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Veterans Advocate Catherine Beavers

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to one woman making a real difference.


Arthur Bradford (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Arthur Bradford, Bowling League Founder

Bowling is his passion and not just because of the game. The 99-year-old loves the people and the companionship. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Meet the Atlas 7006, the brainchild of the robotics team at Chicago Math and Science Academy. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Chicago Math And Science Academy Robotics

The CMSA’s robotics program began in 2012. Even in that first year, students began winning awards for their designs. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Chuck Derer discusses his online media stories about vintage and exotic autos. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Exotic Car Enthusiast Chuck Derer

Since 1996 Chuck Derer of west suburban Downers Grove has been a regular YouTube personality. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


David Kloke (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Replica Train Maker David Kloke

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a Chicago area man who is recreating the locomotive that carried Abraham Lincoln’s body from Washington to Springfield 150 years ago.



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