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.

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Someone You Should Know: Replica Train Maker David Kloke

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a Chicago area man who is recreating the locomotive that carried Abraham Lincoln’s body from Washington to Springfield 150 years ago.


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Someone You Should Know: Jacqueline Hayes, Founder Of Chicago Help Initiative

The organization she started provides blood pressure checks, along with mental health services, employment and literacy support, among other services. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


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Someone You Should Know: Singer, Author Robert Sims

He was born and raised on Chicago’s West Side. And for all that could have distracted him, he steadfastly clung to his ambitions. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


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Someone You Should Know: Members Of The West Suburban Home School Band

These home-schooled youngsters are getting a crack at the type of activity commonly offered in public school systems. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Naja Lerus discusses her work photographing babies. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Photographer Naja Lerus

She’s a young photographer making a name for herself with beautiful portraits of sleepy, adorable newborns. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


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Someone You Should Know: Naperville Responds For Our Veterans

The group of volunteers travel the metropolitan area helping to make veterans’ homes more accessible. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


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Someone You Should Know: ‘Miss Priscy’

For more than a decade, she has opened her home to children who need some place to go after school. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield says Priscilla Jones is someone you should know.


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Someone You Should Know: People’s Music School

You rarely get something for free. But in one Chicago community, volunteers and supporters are giving young children the valuable lesson of music at no cost. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


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Someone You Should Know: Members Of Muntu Dance Theatre

(CBS) — It’s a dance company now celebrating more than 40 years of performances inspired by African culture and dance. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield says the dancers and founders of Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago are […]


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Someone You Should Know: Swan Keepers Of Cedar Lake, Ind.

Randy and Josh Groen have an unusual business, CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


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Someone You Should Know: Members Of The Wirt-Emerson String Orchestra

Eighteen musicians performed in four Chinese cities, including Beijing, over two weeks. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


The Veterans Diner & Grill in Merrillville, Ind. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Staff At Veterans Café And Grill

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield takes us on a tour of a Merrillville, Ind. restaurant that helps veterans help themselves.


A radiator cap of a 1926 Pierce-Arrow, Model Series 33, Runabout, is seen at the Nethercutt Museum in Sylmar, California on October 20, 2010. The Nethercutt Museum showcases more than 130 of the world�s greatest antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Someone You Should Know: Pierce-Arrow Collector Bill Morris

The west suburban resident tools around in a 12-cylinder Pierce-Arrow convertible. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


Joe Capobianca, volunteer gardener (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Volunteer Gardener Joe Capobianco

The 80-year-old has been taking care of gardens in the Galewood neighborhood as a volunteer for 33 years, CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


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Someone You Should Know: DuSable Museum And Its Staff

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield takes us on a tour of the venerable institution, which will host a televised gubernatorial debate next week.


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Someone You Should Know: Omar Yamini

He spent years behind bars and now he works at showing kids exactly why they need to stay out of prison. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


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Someone You Should Know: Miniature House Maker

For 30 years, Victor Grigolo worked as a heavy machine operator for the city of Chicago. But he had to retire at age 57 because of a heart condition. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


A volunteer helps start the renovation of the lone surviving PBR from Vietnam. (CBS)

Someone You Should Know: Concerned Veterans From Vietnam

The last surviving patrol boat from Vietnam is being restored by a group of veterans who remember its importance. CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield reports.


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Someone You Should Know: Folk Singer Ella Jenkins

“You Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song” could easily be one of the world’s most popular tunes. Lifelong Chicagoan Ella Jenkins composed it more than 50 years ago for children, and it has never lost the quality that has endeared it to audiences everywhere.


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Someone You Should Know: Sculptor David Standifer

CBS 2’s Harry Porterfield introduces us to a Chicago artist who captures the essence of legendary figures.




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