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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Officials: Broken Rail Disrupts Train Service On The Main Line During Morning Rush Hour

Amtrak now says a broken rail forced the closure of one of two tracks on its East-West Main Line throughout morning rush-hour, causing delays of Amtrak runs to Harrisburg and Pittsburgh and cancellation of all Septa Regional Rail service on the western end of its busiest regional rail line between Malvern and Thorndale.


Rescuers work around derailed carriages of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on May 13, 2015. Rescuers on May 13 combed through the mangled wreckage of a derailed train in Philadelphia after an accident that left at least six dead, as the difficult search for possible survivors continued. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

FRA Issues Emergency Order To Control Amtrak Train Speeds

The Federal Railroad Administration today issued an Emergency Order that will “assist in controlling passenger train speeds at certain locations on the Northeast Corridor.”


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The Future Of Stop And Frisk In Philadelphia Is In Question

Kenney says he plans to discuss “Stop and Frisk” with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey who has implemented the policy here.


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Union Wants 2-Person Cab Crews On Amtrak

Railroad unions are urging Amtrak to put a second engineer in locomotives in the wake of a deadly derailment last week in Philadelphia.


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MOVE Confrontation: 30 Years Later

Wednesday, at 5:27 p.m., it will be 30 years since Philadelphia police officers dropped a bomb made of military explosives C4 and Tovex onto the roof of the home occupied by MOVE members and their children on the 6200 block of Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia.


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Collingdale Firefighters Working To Help Fellow Firefighters In Sierra Leone

Collingdale, Delaware County, firefighters are busy answering an urgent rescue call from their fellow firefighters thousands of miles away.


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EXCLUSIVE: Health Worker Accused Of Stealing From 92-Year-Old In Hospice Care

In an Exclusive CBS 3 I-Team Report, only Eyewitness News cameras were there as the woman surrendered and was arraigned on numerous counts of theft and other charges.


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EXCLUSIVE: Running Doctor Turns Lifesaver With CPR At Broad Street Run

Exclusive FBI video obtained by CBS 3, shows the doctor performing CPR on the runner, as a team of nurses passing by assist him.


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EXCLUSIVE: Police, FBI, Medics Save 2 Runners’ Lives At Broad Street Run

For two runners, the 36th Annual Broad Street Run became a race for life as a Philadelphia police officer, three FBI agents and Philadelphia Fire Department medics save their lives as they collapsed unconscious with heart problems at two different spots in the 10-mile course.


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I-Team Exclusive: When Heroin Arrived At School, Veteran Officer Credited With Making The Difference

Philadelphia Police are crediting a veteran officer with helping protect children from exposure to a deadly drug, when packets of heroin were brought into the school where she is assigned as part of the department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Unit.


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New Light Poles Installed In Philadelphia Following I-Team Investigation

The workers replaced aluminum poles with new, safer fiberglass poles that do not conduct electricity.


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FBI Seeks Alleged Serial Bank Robber

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for the suspect who they describe as “armed and dangerous.” Anyone with information should call the FBI at 215-418-4000.


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I-Team Exclusive: City Worker Hospitalized, Suffering Electric Shock From Light Pole

A CBS 3 I-Team Exclusive Report reveals a city worker was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Hahnemann Hospital after being jolted with electricity when he came into contact with an overhead light pole


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EXCLUSIVE: Driver, 2 Pets Rescued From Flood Waters In Lower Moreland

Monday morning’s heavy rains brought water rescue crews to the 2600 block of Philmont Avenue in Lower Moreland where a driver and her two pet dogs found themselves trapped in rising flood waters.


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Coach Accused Of Opening Fire At West Philadelphia Basketball Game Turns Himself In

Maurice Tavares declined comment on allegations that he fired the shot toward a rival coach who was trying to defuse an argument he was having with a spectator.