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.
EXCLUSIVE: After Monday’s Deadly Washington Metro Incident, What SEPTA Says Underground Riders Should Know About Safety
Following Monday’s deadly incident in the smoke-filled tunnel beneath the streets of Washington, SEPTA officials say they well understand why any emergency unfolding aboard a train underground can be especially frightening for passengers.
Alleged arsonist Donna Marie Krupp showed no reaction as she came face to face with the Limerick Township police officer, his wife and the family whose home she’s accused of burning down during an hour-long preliminary hearing.
Two former officials of a suburban Philadelphia school district who resigned following a text message scandal have now been charged with having stolen money from the district.
Nearly 60 members of the Wayne Presbyterian Church gathered Sunday afternoon to provide a special gift of food for those starving in countries around the world.
CBS 3 has learned all Philadelphia Police Officers will hear a message from Mayor Michael Nutter before hitting the streets.
Crews are back in the water searching for potential evidence relating to missing college student Shane Montgomery.
Students at five Philadelphia High Schools protested recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, throughout the day, all of the demonstrations peaceful without incidents or arrests.
Officials are investigating a fire that broke out early Thursday morning at the home of a Montgomery County detective.
A veteran community leader says a decision by Philadelphia Police to equip 31 22nd Police District officers with body cameras is a “win-win” opportunity for the department and the residents it protects.
Gathering at 1:01 p.m. the time, locally, that Michael Brown was shot on August 9th, the demonstrators went door-to-door across Penn’s campus, seeking students in classrooms and dorms to join them.
Police say a four-year-old boy died in a fire that raced through a home in the 200 block of Wyoming Avenue at noontime today.
Speaking out for the first time, in an exclusive interview with CBS 3’s Walt Hunter, FBI Special Agent in Charge Ed Hanko provided a “behind the scenes” look at the search for accused killer Eric Frein, now under arrest and charged with murdering State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says the department is working with a network of agencies, including the FBI and Secret Service, to provide security and crowd control for the upcoming Papal Visit.
Applause filled City Council chambers Thursday morning, as a citizen and detectives received commendations and standing ovations, for their roles in helping save kidnap victim Carlesha Gaither and capture her alleged abductor.
Barnes is now being held at the Federal Detention Center as federal prosecutors build their case, preparing to present evidence to a grand jury.