Ukee Washington is co-anchor with Jessica Dean of CBS 3’s Eyewitness News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. and Eyewitness News at 10 p.m. on The CW Philly 57. Ukee also hosts CBS 3’s popular Brotherly Love segment profiling people who have had a positive impact in their communities.
Ukee (born Ulysses Samuel Washington III) joined the Channel 3 news team as a sports anchor in July 1986. In 1996, he moved over to the news desk as early morning and noon anchor. In July, 2015, he was promoted to anchor of the evening editions of Eyewitness News.
Since that time, Ukee has been front and center anchoring some of the region’s most memorable stories including Super Storm Sandy in 2012, the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and Pope Francis’ historic visit to the City in 2015. In addition, the versatile anchor’s assignments have run the gamut from hosting the 2015 Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates Forum to going behind bars to interview a high school classmate on death row. Ukee has even guest co-hosted on the popular CBS network talk show, THE TALK three times, in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Ukee was raised in West Philadelphia and attended Dover High School in Delaware where he was a celebrated athlete. As a youngster, his other love was music. As a member of the Philadelphia Boys Choir’s “elite,” he traveled to Russia, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Denmark and Mexico to perform. Both experiences proved helpful in his broadcasting career as host of the station’s live telecasts of the Philadelphia Orchestra and his live coverage of the 1998 Winter Olympic Games from Nagano, Japan.
Prior to coming home to the Philadelphia area, Ukee was a sports anchor at WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Florida and at WSB-TV in Atlanta. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond. Today, he makes his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
Among his honors, he was named to both the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2008. In February, 2017, Philadelphia’s City Council confirmed what most of us have already known – it named Ukee a “Living Legend” during its special Black History Month observance.
Friday, a group of kids is throwing a community concert in Camden County. They’re part of a non-profit that wants to spread good cheer with good music. We caught a rehearsal in Oaklyn, where the young performers are getting ready for the big show.
When a Delaware athlete became a paraplegic, she thought her athletic days were over. They weren’t.
A Philadelphia man could have let a devastating injury slow him down. He didn’t. He’s getting young people moving.
A West Philadelphia pastor hopes he can start an anti-trash movement by equipping people with a $20 tool. The project not only gives away the tools for free, it also lets people win prizes.
Maria Shahid is on the move.
This weekend is the grand opening of a new visitor’s center honoring Harriet Tubman.
A Philadelphia pilot program is helping people with disabilities learn to cook, and wait till you see where it is.
Every Friday at a school in Aston, students sit down to wrap up the week with a book. Their reading partners are senior citizens who volunteer their time.
The Airmen made a special visit to Lincoln High School in honor of Black History Month.
For the third year, two Chester County women are making some special deliveries on the streets of Philadelphia.
Friday’s reception to welcome home a local army sergeant at Philadelphia International Airport was big, loud and full of American pride.
Next Friday, some middle school students are getting special permission to stay up late.
200,000 people can now return to their homes near the nation’s largest dam in Oroville, California.
Authorities fear the dam’s emergency spillway could collapse.
Michael is not just delivering legal documents. He is giving away hundreds of brand-new basketballs, no questions asked.
A West Philadelphia hair stylist is hitting the streets to help the homeless. Brennon Jones’ barber shop is on the street.
Untouchable, the movie featuring Philadelphia’s own Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman, is benefiting the region economically.
At the Cherry Hill Food Pantry, clients are treated like valued customers.
Fran Warner, volunteer coordinator for Meals on Wheels, said, “Everybody’s working together and working happy. It’s just a friendship.”
A couple who survived the Boston Marathon bombing will be depicted in the new film Patriots Day.
An occupational therapist is bringing her artistic talents to some Philadelphia senior citizens.
Many military families struggle at this time of year. The CBS3 Joy of Sharing Toy Fest is helping the troops through the USO.
We caught up with a couple that has adopted four Salvation Army families, 21 people in all, from five months old to adult.
It’s a growing epidemic that’s even hitting up scale communities. We’re talking about opioid overdose.
A Philadelphia mom and dad who lost their son only 5 months into a pregnancy want to help grieving parents make the memories they can, while they can.
Sami Gayle and Ukee Washington go on a visit to the Reading Terminal Market.
Ukee Washington goes behind the scenes of the family dinner on CBS’ Blue Bloods.
Across our area, people who bought a car in September got to make a difference, and they might not even know it.
Ukee Washington goes behind the scenes of Blue Bloods with television icon Tom Selleck.
A Bucks County family who lost a child this spring is facing thousands of dollars in medical bills. A stranger stepped up, creating a 5K with a special theme.