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.
The family of contractor Griffin Campbell, charged with murder in the 22d and Market St. demolition site collapse last June, that killed 6 and left more than a dozen injured, says Campbell has told them he deeply regrets what happened.
Philadelphia Fire Union officials now say EPA air sample tests they have received from city officials indicate the presence of a number of chemicals inside the Engine Co. 66 firehouse, which was closed abruptly December 18, after firefighters reported fumes and one reported feeling ill.
Philadelphia Police say a male student at the Masterman High School in Spring Garden is expected to be criminally charged for allegedly posting a threat to a school administrator online.
Hanging upside down, stuck in her seat belt, Murphy told CBS 3’s Walt Hunter, in an exclusive interview, she feared at any moment her SUV might burst into flames or be pushed into a ravine along the road by another vehicle skidding in the darkness.
Police say no one was injured, but the bullets struck the windows of the Philadelphia Fire Department’s station on Hart Lane at Boudinot Street.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Upper Merion Township Chief Thomas Nolan announced the arrests of six men for patronizing prostitutes.
Only CBS 3 cameras were there as top PECO officials and emergency managers from four Pennsylvania counties and Philadelphia met behind closed doors to discuss response to power problems during the recent ice storm.
Police say a 41-year -old woman was ambushed as she pulled her car into the garage of her home, the attacker pulling a knife and demanding her purse.
Following an exclusive I-Team report, a judge ordered a new sentencing hearing, allowing Cynthia Onofrio, who was run down on her bicycle by a DUI driver, to testify against her attacker.
Riding her bike along Church Road October 30th, the victim was rammed so hard the impact shattered her bike, her helmet and, as this X-ray shows, her spine, now held with pins and bars after a two-week hospital stay.
Claims by 19-year-old Miranda Barbour that she is a serial killer who killed at least 22 people from North Carolina to Alaska are being met with skepticism by a top local crime expert and a top criminal defense attorney who represented one of Philadelphia’s most notorious serial killers.
Firefighters and medics in Chester County, hardest hit by last week’s storm, are busy preparing for the next winter onslaught.
Yet another violent purse snatcher stalks and attacks his victim — and it’s all caught on tape.
The “Angels” named for their bright orange safety attire, are actually State Gamelands Maintenance Supervisors, specially trained using chainsaws to help clear state game preserves.
EXCLUSIVE: Firefighter’s Widow, Union Ask DA To Reconsider Decision To Not Criminally Charge Building Owners In Deadly Warehouse Blaze
Diane Neary, widow of Philadelphia Fire Lieutenant Robert Neary, expressed her concern about a decision announced Monday by District Attorney Seth Williams, not to file criminal charges against the owners of a vacant, dilapidated Kensington warehouse that burned and collapsed killing Neary and fellow firefighter Daniel Sweeney.