Ukee Washington is co-anchor with Jessica Dean of CBS 3’s Eyewitness News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. He and Dean also co-anchor Eyewitness News at 10 p.m. on The CW Philly 57. Washington also hosts CBS 3’s popular Brotherly Love segment profiling people who have had a positive impact in their communities.
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. In July, 2015 he was promoted to anchor of the evening editions of Eyewitness News.
Since that time, Washington has been front and center anchoring some of the region’s most memorable stories including Super Storm Sandy in 2012 and the Phillies World Series Celebration Parade in 2008. 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. Washington even guest co-hosted on daytime’s popular network talk show, CBS’s THE TALK in 2013 and 2014.
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.
Among his honors, he has been named to both the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2015) and the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame (2008).
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.
Small donations from a lot of people can change a life. That’s what a local cancer patient saw when she reached out for help.
Joel Gibbs, Talk Philly’s “Arts Ambassador,” spoke to Ukee Washington about some exciting events in the coming weeks.