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.
Former Police Officer Virginia Hill, who retired from the force in 2002 after devoting her 24-year career to finding missing children, now has become a victim herself, murdered inside her Suffolk ,Va. Home Saturday.
During a nearly four hour hearing before a City Council Committee, Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. James Buehler gave the city an “A to A plus”rating for preparing for the Ebola threat. Others, however, indicated there were problems that needed to be overcome.
The sad mystery of Nadia Malik’s death grew deeper today, as Philadelphia Police tell CBS 3’s Walt Hunter an autopsy and nearly 8 months of tests by the Philadelphia Medical Examiner have not been able to determine the cause and manner of her death.
I-Team Exclusive: New Steps To Protect Philadelphia First Responders Against Patients Suspected Of Having Ebola
A Philadelphia Fire Department memo obtained by the CBS 3 I-team now reveals new steps being taken to protect medics and firefighters who might answer calls to help patients suspected of having the Ebola virus.
Police are looking for a woman who allegedly stole the prosthetic leg of a veteran in a wheelchair outside of Lincoln Financial Field.
Police records indicate so far this year more than 400 bikes have been stolen in the two police districts covering Center City.
Police say last April, Patricia Davenport took her 15-year-old daughter into the kitchen of the Harleysville apartment where they formerly lived, introducing her to the deadly drug heroin, which she snorted.
A wide receiver on the University of Pennsylvania football team now faces criminal charges for allegedly punching a fellow student, who is a member of another Penn sports team, during an altercation on a street, two blocks off-campus early on the morning of September 28.
“Turks”, a “Courthouse Comfort Dog”, will now roam the hallways, helping witnesses, victims and even prospective jurors make their way through the often daunting criminal justice system.
Police say the suspect, Lieutenant Jemal Johnson, an 18 year veteran assigned to Ladder Company 14 in North Philadelphia, was still wearing his fire uniform pants, which may have aided in his officer impersonation.
A report by the Mayor’s Special Independent Advisory Commission found the deadly June 5, 2013 building collapse that killed six and injured 14 was “a symptom of larger, long-standing problems” with the City’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.
Philadelphia Police hope surveillance pictures will help lead them to a serial burglar who has victimized several Chestnut Hill residents.
Surveillance video, first seen in an Exclusive CBS 3 Report, shows frantic passengers pointing to the suspect, and screaming to him as he hops from train to train, then climbs down onto the platform.
Detectives say the gunman ambushed the victim as he pulled into a parking space, shooting him as he sat in the driver’s seat, then stealing a bank deposit bag with $70,000 cash.
Montgomery County officials now confirm neighbors, living adjacent to the county prison in Eagleville, were never alerted that a prisoner had escaped Monday afternoon.