Harry Porterfield, a true legend in local television news, will air his final "Someone You Should Know" segment on ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7 on July 30, during the station's 5 p.m. newscast. His exit from WLS comes as his current contract with the station expires. WLS General Manager Emily Barr said the station opted not to renew Porterfield's contract. Barr also said she does not plan to bring on another feature news reporter to replace Porterfield, whose "Someone You Should Know" segments typically aired twice a week. Porterfield, 81, also fronted several 30-minute "People, Places and Things" specials on WLS every year.
Barr said she expected Porterfield to pursue other interests after exiting WLS, including his love of music. Among other things, Porterfield is an accomplished violinist. Porterfield could possibly pursue other broadcasting opportunities too.
Porterfield had a remarkable 24-year run with the local TV market news leader. Over the years of doing his trademark "Someone You Should Know" segments, Porterfield became especially adept at ferreting out worthwhile -- though often unknown -- characters in Chicago and giving them a welcome moment of recognition. One of the most endearing aspects of Porterfield's work at WLS was his ability always to make the subject of his segments the focus, not Porterfield the on-air talent. "Harry had such humility," said Barr, adding "he's a treasure we will miss."