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.
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.
The state’s Miss USA representative is a state employee who specializes in urban planning. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
He has a disability, so finding a job wasn’t so easy. But then he found a way to support his family that is bringing him joy every day. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
Up in the northern suburbs, a group of parents got together to do something special for their adult children with specials needs. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
Jon Durfor is a straight-A student who has found an unusual passion: vacuum cleaners of all kinds. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
The seventh- and eighth-graders in Rolling Meadows may be young, but they manage to haul in impressive amounts of money to fight cancer. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
Maurice Hood doesn’t advertise, but that hasn’t stopped successful clients from finding his Hubbard Street tailor shop. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
Carlos Tortolero felt the Latino community was being neglected, so he did something about it, CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.
Juanita Kilian spends her spare time creating something warm and fuzzy to comfort sick people. As CBS 2′S Harry Porterfield reports, she’s someone you should know.
John Moulder is a Catholic priest who finds spiritual fulfillment and strength by playing jazz guitar. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.
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