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 10 Philadelphia Emmy Awards, most recently the 2010 Emmy for Outstanding 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 he co-hosts 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.
When Chief John Meskill took the oath to become a Philadelphia firefighter back in 1886, he most likely never imagined that for the next 129 years one or more members of his family, continuously, would serve as members of the department.
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Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have now joined Philadelphia Fire Department investigators looking for the cause of a destructive 3-alarm fire
Philadelphia Police say a bank robbery suspect had no idea that while he tried to make his escape from a bank robbery, there was a GPS chip tracking his every movement.
Now, speaking to CBS 3 Investigative Reporter Walt Hunter, he gives a fascinating, and, at times, frightening account of his position as a mob hit man – and his decision to leave organized crime.
Experts Optimistic About Security, And Economic Impact Of 2016 Democratic National Convention In Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau predicts the 2016 Democratic National Convention will generate between $170 and $250 million dollars for the city.
Philadelphia police have charged a suspect in the alleged sexual assault of a woman at SEPTA’s Jefferson Station.
A new FBI Cold Case Task Force is now looking into the disappearance of Richard Petrone Jr. and Danielle Imbo who vanished on February 19, 2005.
Lt. Chris Flanagan says between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. a burglar or burglars slipped into the homes through first floor doors and windows, taking laptops, phones and purses, while residents were sleeping upstairs.
Philadelphia’s Firefighters Union Addresses Investigation Into Alleged On-Duty Sex In Fire Department
Joe Schulle, president of Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Local 22, revealed for the first time details about an investigation by the Philadelphia Inspector General into allegations into on-duty sex among male members and a female member at firehouses and inside at least one fire department vehicle.
Mayor Michael Nutter says he “concerned” about allegations that male members of the Philadelphia Fire Department engaged in sexual activity with a female member while on-duty at city firehouses and inside a fire department vehicle.
On Wednesday evening, Police Superintendent Mike McGrath stepped before cameras, saying that the stopping of the two snow shovelers yesterday and two others in the same neighborhood had nothing to do with racial profiling.
Sources tell CBS 3 allegations of sexual activity on-duty involving as many as a dozen male members of the Philadelphia Fire Department have been investigated by the Office of the Philadelphia Inspector General.
A former Philadelphia homicide detective is facing charges after he allegedly interfered with a murder investigation involving his girlfriend.
Police have released new information, including surveillance video, in the shooting death of a woman waiting for a SEPTA bus Tuesday morning.