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.

Jordyn Gaines (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Custom Cake-Maker Jordyn Gaines

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a master-baker who’s all of 20 years old.


Someone You Should Know (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Members Of Delta Sigma Theta

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield pays a visit to service-oriented organization.


Carol Adams, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum in Chicago (CBS)

At DuSable Museum, Every Month Is Black History Month

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield pays a visit to the Hyde Park attraction.


Douglass Bevel (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Inventor Douglass Bevel

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a Chicagoan who has developed a product that ensures patients take their medication.


Chaplain Jim Thompson, who is blind, ministers to a patient at Little Company of Mary. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Blind Chaplain Jim Thompson

(CBS) – You could call him a wounded healer. He’s a priest who serves the sick, and he has a disability of his own. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield says Father Jim Thompson is someone you [...]


Field Museum volunteer Sheila Reynolds. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Field Museum Volunteer Sheila Reynolds

At 92, Sheila Reynolds takes two buses to get to her beloved institution, where she helps catalog animal bones.


Musician Reginald Robinson talks about his collaboration with Muntu Dance Theatre. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Ragtime Piano Player Reginald Robinson

Reginald Robinson has been called a genius, and now the young musician is writing music for a Chicago dance troupe.


Reggio's Pizza (CBS)

Some People You Should Know: Founders Of Reggio’s Pizza

John and Pearl Clark opened a small pizza restaurant in the Chatham neighborhood 41 years ago. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Art Bobis in front of his expansive model railroad creation. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Model Railroader Art Bobis

(CBS) – There are model train enthusiasts with little setups in their basements. And then there is Arthur Bobis. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield says he is someone you should know. The year was 1975. You [...]


Playwright Rick Roberts (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Playwright For The Homeless

At the Athenaeum Theatre, the many facets of homelessness are explored in the play “The Bench Mark.” CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


A person playing the cuatro, a traditional Puerto Rican instrument. (Credit: CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Cuatro Teacher Orlando Rivera

It’s called a cuatro and it makes beautiful music. One teacher in the public schools is making a special effort to make sure Chicago kids appreciate the cuatro’s special sound.


Dancer Lester Goodman in his younger days. (courtesy: Lester Goodman)

Someone You Should Know: 98-Year-Old Dancer Lester Goodman

After dancing for nearly 90 years, Goodman has not lost his touch. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


A member of Mane in Heaven's team visits with an appreciative human. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Mane In Heaven Founder

Area nurse Jodie Diegel uses miniature horses to connect with people in a special way. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Blue Sky Bakery in the North Center neighborhood. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Blue Sky Bakery’s Lisa Thompson

The North Center cafe represents a life-changing experience for the young people who work there. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Gymnast Hayley Butcher. (Credit: CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Gymnast Hayley Butcher

She’s a champion gymnast whose favorite thing is teaching kids and she certainly has something special to offer them. Harry Porterfield says Hayley Butcher is someone you should know.


Lamanda Joy (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Urban Gardener Lamanda Joy

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to the founder of the Peterson Garden Project.


Lena McLin has been a musical mentor to scores of students, including performers who have gone on to have successful careers. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Musical Mentor Lena McLin

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.


A northwest Indiana elementary student talks about raising money for Heifer International. (CBS)

Some Kids You Should Know: Students Who Raise Money For The Poor

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.


The Melodeers (CBS)

Some People You Should Know: The Melodeers

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.


An employee of Kando Bakery applies labels to gourmet granola bars. (CBS)

Some People You Should Know: Kando Bakery

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.