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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.

Connect with Walt Hunter on Twitter: @WaltHunterCBS3; and on Facebook: Walt Hunter.

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FBI Joins Investigation Into Possible Wider Threat Against Philadelphia Police Officers

The FBI has joined Philadelphia Police in investigating a possible new threat against officers.


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Auction At Closed Delco Restaurant Feeds Memories Of Loyal Customers

Why would customers flock to a closed Media, Delaware County restaurant? Because it’s the Town House which, for 65 years fed both their stomachs and their hearts.


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Basketball Coach Placed On Administrative Leave After Referee Confrontation

The coach, who according to school records has taught in the district for 15 years, including 10 as Varsity Basketball coach, was not available for comment.


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New Equipment Helps First Responders Save Pets’ Lives

All ambulances of the Narberth Volunteer Medical Service Corps, serving Lower Merion and sections of Conshohocken, will now carry a special, lifesaving device for pets caught in fires.


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Suspect Accused Of Intimidating Witness With Violent Imagery In Rap Video

Authorities allege she went into to a courtroom on behalf of her boyfriend, to tell a potential witness in a drug case against him, not to show up at an upcoming hearing.


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Philadelphia Police Search For “Serial Grinch” Stealing Holiday Decorations, Gifts

Philadelphia Police say they are looking for a thief who struck at least twice, ten minutes and blocks apart in the Fairmount-Art Museum area, stealing holiday wreathes hanging on front doors.


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Police: Couple Confessed To Beating Fishtown Woman To Death

Neighbors in Fishtown are in shock after a woman known as a fixture in the community was murdered in her own home. Police say a couple has confessed to the crime.



Ridley Township Police Officer, Residents Rally Together To Help Homeless Mother And Sick Daughter

A mom, and her ailing daughter, forced to live on the street by huge medical bills, will now have a warm, safe home for Christmas thanks to a spontaneous outpouring of love from a Delaware County police officer and more than a hundred residents of Ridley Township.


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Neighbors Come To Rescue Of Phila. Police Officer Involved In Crash

Lt. Stanford says neither the officer, nor the civilian driver, suffered life-threatening injuries and they were expected to be released from the hospital after treatment.


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Amtrak Crash Victims’ Attorney Favors Grand Jury Probe

Preliminary findings from the NTSB investigation are expected to be released in the next few weeks.


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Suspect Accused Of Selling First Responder Equipment To Highest Bidder On eBay

A supplier of first responder equipment is facing serious charges in Chester County. Prosecutors say instead of selling the equipment to police, he sold them to the highest bidder online.


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Amnesty Vs. Arrest: SEPTA’s New Experiment

Social media is a powerful tool that can reach a lot of people. Enter SEPTA and a unique experiment- which resulted in the return of a cell phone to a rider- without any charges against the person who took it.


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Two Suspects In Custody In State Trooper Shooting On Vine Street Expressway

The state trooper is recovering at Hahnemann Hospital after being shot in the shoulder.


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TSA Boosting Phila. Airport Security Using Specially Trained Dogs

There’s a new level of security protection for Thanksgiving flyers at Philadelphia International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now using specially trained K-9 units to detect explosives or dangerous substances.


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Former Public Works Employee Accused Of Illegal Dumping

The Pa. State Attorney General’s Office has filed criminal charges against the former Public Works Director of Tredyffrin Township for allegedly pouring between one and 4,000 gallons of a chemical called magnesium chloride into a retention basin adjoining the Public Works Complex.




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