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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.

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.


Jen Rubino (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Teen Who Sends ‘Get Well’ Cards To Kids

One year ago this month, Jen Rubino founded Cards for Hospitalized Kids. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.


Alex Levesque (right) works with Quantrell Haywood at the Automotive Mentoring Group garage, a nonprofit Levesque founded to train youths how to restore classic cars, as an alternative to gangs and drugs. (Credit: CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Automotive Mentoring Group

For more than two decades, a Chicago group has been working to help troubled kids, and the approach it takes is all about cars.

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Amilee Cruikshank at work. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: 109-Year-Old Receptionist

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.


Collett Renfro (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Dollhouse Artisan Collette Renfro

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.


One of the robots developed at the Chicago Math and Science Academy. (CBS)

Some People You Should Know: Robot-Makers Of CMSA

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. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Lee Krizka And Her Dog, Merlot

Lee Krizka and her dog, Merlot, both have disabilities, but they make quite a team. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.


Collage artist Annie King Phillips works on one of her latest creations. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Collage Artist Annie King Phillips

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, Cancer Survivor

Someone You Should Know: Cancer Survivor, Fundraiser Bob Lee

Bob Lee of Barrington is giving back to cancer research and other causes. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.


Sam Lozada (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Entertainer Sam Lozada

Same Lozada and his wife, Janice, perform at more than 300 nursing homes. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.


Seymour Goldberg, 79, works as a motorcycle mechanic. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Career-Switching Motorcycle Mechanic, 79

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.


Shuli Eschel made a documentary about Maxwell Street.

Someone You Should Know: Filmmaker Shuli Eschel

Eschel’s documentary captures the history of the Maxwell Street Market. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.


Mae Ya Carter Ryan at a recent performance. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Singing Prodigy Mae Ya Carter Ryan

Her commanding voice is even more remarkable when you realize Mae Ya Carter Ryan is only 11. CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield reports.


Polished Pebbles founder Kelly Fair (CBS)

Some People You Should Know: Polished Pebbles Participants

CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a program that enhances the self-esteem of young women.


Funny Bones Improv (CBS)

Some People You Should Know: Funny Bones Improv

CBS 2′s Harry Porterfield introduces us to some performers who believe laughter is the best medicine.


Richard Brown founded the school Trendsetters Fashion Institute. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Tailor Instructor Richard Brown

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.