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.
Only CBS 3 cameras were there as agents from the IRS Criminal Investigation Division removed boxes of papers, documents and records from two diners a few blocks apart along Street Road.
She showed strength and courage when a knife-carrying attacker slashed her face robbing her outside her South Philadelphia home early Sunday morning.
The 11 nuns who teach children and help feed the needy at St. Gabriel Parish in Grays Ferry are now victims of a burglar who turned their convent into a crime scene.
SEPTA Police Officer Loyd Rodgers and his partner gave the stork a helping hand after a female rider approached them at the Olney station on the Broad Street Subway line telling them she had just given birth aboard a northbound train.
The Ben Franklin Parkway, gateway to Center City along with art and cultural centers, was the scene of a vicious crime early Wednesday morning.
Philadelphia police released additional surveillance video Tuesday of two suspects wanted in the murder of an off-duty officer this past weekend.
Another abandoned building collapses in Kensington.
Philadelphia Police say they have arrested an employee of the First Judicial District who works at the Criminal Justice Center and charged him with impersonating a police officer in order to rape a 15-year-old girl.
A suspect carrying several weapons, including an AK-47, was arrested Tuesday evening aboard a Broad Street train, crowded with rush-hour commuters, at the Fairmount Station.
When Paulette Smith waved goodbye to her 17-year-old daughter, Anjeanette Maldonado, the morning of September 30,1996, she had no idea she would never see the daughter she loved alive again.
The FBI and Philadelphia Police are now working to find the suspect who flashed a laser beam at Chopper 3 HD Wednesday night as it flew over Northeast Philadelphia, endangering the pilot and cameraman aboard.
Suspect Charged With DUI Death Of Philadelphia Officer Had Blood Alcohol Level Of Two-And-A-Half Times Legal Limit
Sources tell CBS 3 that lab tests now indicate the blood alcohol level of an alleged drunk driver accused of killing Officer Brian Lorenzo early Sunday morning was more than two-and-a-half times the legal limit.
EXCLUSIVE: Owners Of Kensington Warehouse Where 2 Firefighters Perished Subpoenaed For Investigation
CBS 3 has learned the owners of a vacant Kensington warehouse where two firefighters died and two others were hurt during an April 9th 5-alarm fire have now been subpoenaed to appear before a Grand Jury investigating the deadly blaze.
The mother of a 30-year-old man who was dragged for more than half a mile beneath the wheels of a hit-and-run vehicle is pleading for help catching the driver who left her son critically injured at Temple Hospital.
Police have made an arrest in a North Philadelphia shooting that involved two 13-year-old girls who got caught in the crossfire.
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