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.

People's Music School (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: People’s Music School

You rarely get something for free. But in one Chicago community, volunteers and supporters are giving young children the valuable lesson of music at no cost. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.

12/19/2014

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Members Of Muntu Dance Theatre

(CBS) – It’s a dance company now celebrating more than 40 years of performances inspired by African culture and dance. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield says the dancers and founders of Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago are […]

12/12/2014

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Someone You Should Know: Swan Keepers Of Cedar Lake, Ind.

Randy and Josh Groen have an unusual business, CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.

12/05/2014

Members Of the Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy string orchestra. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Members Of The Wirt-Emerson String Orchestra

Eighteen musicians performed in four Chinese cities, including Beijing, over two weeks. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.

11/14/2014

The Veterans Diner & Grill in Merrillville, Ind. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Staff At Veterans Café And Grill

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield takes us on a tour of a Merrillville, Ind. restaurant that helps veterans help themselves.

11/07/2014

A radiator cap of a 1926 Pierce-Arrow, Model Series 33, Runabout, is seen at the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, California on October 20, 2010. The Nethercutt Museum showcases more than 130 of the world�s greatest antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Someone You Should Know: Pierce-Arrow Collector Bill Morris

The west suburban resident tools around in a 12-cylinder Pierce-Arrow convertible. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.

10/24/2014

Joe Capobianca, volunteer gardener (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Volunteer Gardener Joe Capobianco

The 80-year-old has been taking care of gardens in the Galewood neighborhood as a volunteer for 33 years, CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.

10/17/2014

DuSable Museum of African-American History (Credit: CBS)

Someone You Should Know: DuSable Museum And Its Staff

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield takes us on a tour of the venerable institution, which will host a televised gubernatorial debate next week.

10/10/2014

Omar Yamini  (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Omar Yamini

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.

09/19/2014

Victor Grigolo (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Miniature House Maker

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.

08/29/2014

A volunteer helps start the renovation of the lone surviving PBR from Vietnam. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Concerned Veterans From Vietnam

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.

08/15/2014

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Someone You Should Know: Folk Singer Ella Jenkins

“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.

08/08/2014

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Someone You Should Know: Sculptor David Standifer

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a Chicago artist who captures the essence of legendary figures.

07/25/2014

Someone You Should Know (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Opera Singer, 12

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.

07/18/2014

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Someone You Should Know: Burr Ridge Family Takes In Veterans

The Stryszak family of Burr Ridge has opened up their home to two elderly veterans. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.

07/04/2014

Someone You Should Know (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Loaves & Fishes Community Food Pantry

Fifteen hundred volunteers donate their time and energy to help run the organization. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to some of them.

06/27/2014

Someone You Should Know (CBS)

Some People You Should Know: Room 2 Improv

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.

06/20/2014

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Someone You Should Know: Jackie Haltmeyer, 50-Year Employee

Meet Jackie Haltmeyer, traffic manager at the Black Hawk Molding Co. in west suburban Addison. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.

05/30/2014

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Someone You Should Know: Barber Frank Russo

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.

05/16/2014

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Someone You Should Know: Miniature Artist CoRiccio Baskin

While the world around him continues to grow bigger, this artist has found success in making it smaller. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.

05/09/2014

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