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.
CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield introduces us to the founder of the Peterson Garden Project.
Lena McLin has been teaching for more than half a century, and some of the most famous singers in the country were her students. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
The Heifer organization gives animals to needy people in 40 countries around the world. The elementary students were donating $13,127 to the cause. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
It all began when barbershop patrons started singing while waiting to get their hair cut. A century or so later, the Melodeers chorus is taking the music to a dazzling new height with 140 ladies singing in unaccompanied four-part harmony. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
It’s the beginning of a business. It has a product — granola bars — and it has employees. But it doesn’t have a location — yet. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
One year ago this month, Jen Rubino founded Cards for Hospitalized Kids. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
For more than two decades, a Chicago group has been working to help troubled kids, and the approach it takes is all about cars.
Amilee Cruikshank is a unique person: She still works four days a week and is in excellent health, despite the fact that she will soon be 109 years old. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield says she’s someone you should know.
If you think the world is too big and could be a little smaller, why not try making doll houses? A good place start is the Blackberry Harvest Dollhouse Museum in Homewood, CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
At the Chicago Math and Science Academy, students are becoming young experts in robotics and winning awards for them. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
Lee Krizka and her dog, Merlot, both have disabilities, but they make quite a team. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
First a teacher and then a healthcare administrator, at 75 Phillips began creating collages from bits and pieces of paper and fabric. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
Bob Lee of Barrington is giving back to cancer research and other causes. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
Same Lozada and his wife, Janice, perform at more than 300 nursing homes. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
Six days a week, you can find Seymour Goldberg at his shop, Seymour’s BMW, at 3510 N. Elston, where he starts work at 5 a.m. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
Eschel’s documentary captures the history of the Maxwell Street Market. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
Her commanding voice is even more remarkable when you realize Mae Ya Carter Ryan is only 11. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a program that enhances the self-esteem of young women.
CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield introduces us to some performers who believe laughter is the best medicine.
Brown created his school two years ago to give young people an extra boost at breaking into the field of making and designing clothes. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.