Ukee Washington anchors Eyewitness News This Morning on CBS 3 and The CW Philly with Erika von Tiehl and is co-host with Pat Ciarrocchi of Talk Philly, CBS 3’s new noon lifestyle program, airing weekdays at noon.
Washington (born Ulysses Samuel Washington III) joined the Channel 3 news team as a sports anchor in July 1986. In 1996, Washington moved over to the news desk as early morning and noon anchor.
Since that time, Washington has been front and center anchoring some of the region’s most memorable stories including the President’s Summit for America’s Future held in Philadelphia in 1997 and the Phillies World Series Celebration Parade in 2008. In addition, the versatile anchor’s assignments have run the gamut from hosting the Camden, New Jersey Mayoral debates to going behind bars to interview a high school classmate on death row.
Washington 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, Washington was a sports anchor at WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, Florida and at WSB-TV in Atlanta. Washington is a graduate of the University of Richmond. Today, he makes his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Bethesda Project provides a home for people who otherwise would have nowhere to turn. Volunteer cooks make sure those people get a family meal.
The Jack Costello Boxing Club teaches children ages 9 and up. Those students are also learning self-confidence they’ll take into adulthood.
In our weekly Brotherly Love stories, we meet a lot of people volunteering at food banks to help the hungry. Eyewitness News anchor Ukee Washington met one volunteer who fell on hard times and needed help herself, but still gives back every month.
When the school is out, many students miss out on a significant source of nutrition: school breakfast and lunch.
A Philadelphia retiree is making something beautiful out of something ordinary: She transforms pillowcases into precious gifts for girls.
Chester County is one of the highest-income counties in the United States, but there are thousands of low-income people there, too.
At Wings for Success in Malvern, volunteer Jean Kirkaldie is helping Caitlin find the right look from racks of donated used clothing. Jean is just one of 80 volunteers helping women like Caitlin.
Chef Debbie Pellegrino of Bally’s stopped by to share some delicious cupcakes.
These women aren’t offended to be called Knit Wits.
Cancer treatments can be particular difficult, especially when raising a family. That’s where a Coatesville non-profit organization called “Cuddle My Kids” comes in.
Say the name Linus and who do you think of? Probably the Peanuts character who was always holding his blanket. The people behind Project Linus call themselves “blanketeers,” and it’s easy to see why.
A choir is not just a choir. It’s a community. A singer is helping local young girls join choirs and find their voices in the hopes girls can change the world.
A retired South Jersey woman could have started a side business teaching music. Instead, she’s giving lessons away for free.
A retired lawyer is helping immigrants fully participate in American life through a Fairhill non-profit called Providence Center. Part of its mission is to provide English lessons to anyone who wants them.
Some local senior citizens are turning their free time into free help for charity. It all started with a volunteer at an Elkins Park synagogue. She wanted to give senior citizens a place to socialize. Now the eight members are paying it forward.