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.
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.
Ashley Looney of Homewood likes to think of herself as an expert at making the best of it. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield says she’s someone you should know.
Benches and birdhouses are some of the products they make at the New Lenox Wood Works, but what’s most important is the joy the place brings to the people who work there.
Over the years, George Hernandez has trained thousands of professional and amateur boxers and at least 30 are classified as world champions.
Etta Schiller just celebrated her 100th birthday and she’s still going strong. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a woman who keeps man’s best friend feeling relaxed.
Dakota Goff spends his time on a project to help sick children and their parents. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
For 19 years, the Whitney Nots have been having a fantastic time dancing and entertaining people, and CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield thinks each member of the group is someone you should know.
Onstage at the Goodman, the hat takes on a queenly status in a return of the musical “Crowns.” CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
Alisa Holman started her own school so kids could learn at a more accelerated pace. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
The Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in downtown Wheaton is five years old. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.the Midwest
Jan Smith has spent the last two decades recreating the Illinois prairie at a suburban park. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
He ran a business on the South Side for more than half a century. And now barber Delmar Dunn has retired. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.