Walt Hunter

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Eyewitness News Reporter Walt Hunter is one of the market’s most outstanding investigative reporters. His hard-driving and in-depth reporting style has won him scores of awards and honors including 16 Philadelphia Emmy Awards, most recently the 2014 Emmy for “Crime News.” He also received a 2013 Emmy for coverage of “Hurricane Sandy,” along one for “Outstanding General Assignment Reporter.” Hunter has also been honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, the Associated Press and the Philadelphia Press Association. In 2007, he was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.

Hunter joined CBS 3’s news team in 1980 covering the police beat, and since that time, has earned a reputation for breaking many of the Philadelphia area’s top stories. Hunter’s series of investigative reports on Joaquin Rivera, a beloved guidance counselor who died waiting for medical care at a hospital emergency room, prompted hearings by Philadelphia’s City Council. His exclusive reports about how confusion and mistakes kept lifesaving help from reaching a dying mother at Philadelphia International Airport also brought about major changes at the airport.

Hunter’s live radio broadcast on the funeral for murdered Philadelphia Police Officer John Pawlowski received the top award in 2010 for “Outstanding Radio Story” from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, where for seven years, he co-hosted the popular weekly talk show, the “Crime Guys.”

A Philadelphia native, Hunter worked his way through college spending summers as
a deck hand on an oil barge at a Philadelphia refinery. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

He made his move to television following five years as the morning drive and police beat reporter for WCAU-AM, then an all news radio station. He also worked as a reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin and The Main Line Times where at 23 he was the youngest managing editor in the history of the paper. In his spare time, Hunter is an avid railroad buff, golfer and runner. He served for 29 years as a volunteer firefighter in his community and continues to lend his advice and support to fire companies around the region.

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Search For Weapon Prompts Brief Lockdown At Phila. High School

Martin Luther King High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning, officials say.


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Investigation Continues Following Lockdown At Community College Of Philadelphia

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says so far no gun has been found, and no charges filed, in connection with a “man with a gun” call that led to a lockdown at Community College of Philadelphia and a huge police response.


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EXCLUSIVE: New Search Begins For Secret Main Line Grave Holding Irish Rail Workers

Only CBS 3 cameras were there Monday morning as a drill began unearthing soil samples 30 feet below


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Bensalem Police Arrest 2 In 31-Year-Old Murder Case

Authorities have announced the arrests of two individuals responsible for the 1984 rape and murder of 14-year-old Barbara Rowan.


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New FBI Push To Solve Imbo Petrone Disappearance

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-CALL-FBI.


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Mayor Nutter Tours Papal Security Zone

Magnetometers and searches welcomed everyone trying to make their way through Center City streets between City Hall and the Art Museum. Fences and metal barricades lined almost every block.


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Papal Preparations Move Forward In Philadelphia

A sea of flashing lights, metal barricades and signs floods the Parkway. From the Papal altar, block after block, an entire second city taking shape.


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Wounded Officer’s Family Ready To Welcome Pope

A local police officer and his family will be among the first to greet the Pope when he arrives to Philadelphia.


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An Inside Look At Papal Security

CBS 3’s Walt Hunter has the story.


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Police Commissioner Calls Coverage Of Alleged Papal Threat “Overblown”

CBS 3 Eyewitness News spoke with the Police Commissioner.


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Police: Windows Shattered, Items Stolen From Vehicles Of Villanova Football Players, Staff At Stadium

Anyone with information is asked to contact Radnor Police.


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Medically Equipped Motorcycle Gets Ready For Papal Visit Crowds

Don’t be surprised if, instead of a traditional ambulance, you see a motorcycle roaring up to your side, if you need medical help among the Papal crowds.


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I-Team: Concerns After Fire Truck Wheel Problem

But on Tuesday, they suddenly discovered a set of their rear wheels, along with the axle, had begun coming off their pumper truck.


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Officials Investigate String Of House Fires On Same Chester Street

Officials in Chester are pressing their search for answers as they look into three “suspicious” fires in the past five days that have caused heavy damage to half a dozen homes and driven 28 people from their houses.


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Police Issue Warning For Women Jogging And Walking Alone

Police are advising women to stay alert and keep “situational awareness” following four crimes victimizing women outdoors across two states in just over a week.