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.
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.
Paul is a jokester, but he’s been through a lot.
Philadelphia union leader John Dougherty went one-on-one with Ukee Washington about his upbringing, his family and the current FBI probe.
A South Jersey charity is granting wishes to thousands of children going through hard times.
Several departments got together to remember their fallen heroes.
These two girls didn’t meet until this summer, but they share the same story and the same drive to help.
On a hot day, volunteers lugged two vans worth of bins filled with food and children’s books.
Ukee Washington spoke with the Vice President of the United States about a wide range of topics.
For this week’s Democratic National Convention, their goal is to keep police and firefighters hydrated in the high temperatures.
A man’s walk to raise money for CHOP went a lot further than he ever dreamed.
A charity bike ride in Philadelphia later this month has a different and dandy dress code.
Palmyra Police Officers who responded to the theft were deeply touched by the victim so they decided to do something wonderful.
On the day CBS3 reporter Walt Hunter retired, anchor Ukee Washington surprised him with a story inspired by a photo on Walt’s desk.
CBS3 anchor Ukee Washington talked with senior investigative reporter Walt Hunter about his illustrious career and his retirement from CBS3.
In Montgomery County, there’s a food cupboard that’s been helping people for decades.
A local foundation has spent two decades giving those families the help they need.
A few years ago, a Bucks County hair stylist got a special request to cut the hair of a girl in the hospital. That one haircut started a movement.
It’s not uncommon to hear about a group of young people putting on a music concert, but this group is a little different, and they embrace it.
A Philadelphia man is reaching out to cancer patients to give them some good cheer.
A Bucks County fashion designer, inspired by her artistic grandniece, is featuring the work of disabled children.
Young disabled adults often struggle to find a job, so some parents created job training for them by opening a store.
Kate Bilo was the first one to meet Ronnie Coffey.
It all started with parents who want their kids to enjoy young adulthood like everyone else: on the dance floor.
Children in crisis often arrive at shelters with just the clothes on their backs. Sometimes those shelters don’t have enough clothes for boys. As Ukee Washington shows us, a high school boy wanted to do something about it.
In December, a Montgomery County man did what a lot of people do around the new year. He resolved to walk every day. Then he had an idea, and it’s going to make a big difference for kids at CHOP.
Philadelphia public schools have struggled to keep their libraries open, so a team of former educators and volunteers stepped up to get the books back in the hands of children.