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      Longtime journalist, former WPDE reporter dies

      Courtesy McMillan-Small Funeral Home
      Steve Porter,73, passed away Friday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center , according to McMillan-Small Funeral Home. Porter was a reporter with WPDE NewsChannel 15 during his more than 50 years in the field of journalism. Porter was awarded the Peabody, the Ohio State, the Janus Award for economic reporting, the New York Bar Association Award, and received the Alfred I. Dupont nomination for his documentary on the Israeli lobby, according to McMillan-Small Funeral Home. In 1992, Porter settled in Myrtle Beach. He purchased a share in WRNN radio and became host of the morning show on New Year??s Day 1995. He became well known for speaking at numerous local and regional events, teaching extension courses at CCU, and serving on the Boards of Directors for Maisons-sur-Mer and the Long Bay Symphony, according to the funeral home. The family will receive friends at McMillan-Small Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach with Dr. Howard Hansen officiating.