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.
When Ute Spearman was diagnosed with an incurable degenerative condition, she didn’t have to call for help, it was right there in her fellow workers.
A law enforcement task force has arrested several alleged gang members who are accused of shocking violence.
Lower Merion School District officials say they will be ordering additional tests on water at the Penn Wynne Elementary School. The order comes after testing at three locations inside the school, this past week, indicated elevated levels of lead in the water.
Federal prosecutors now claim three men took advantage of victims’ financial plights by billing them on “payday” loans for the past 5 years, charging $30 for every $100 borrowed, a rate that prosecutors say exceeded 700 percent.
SEPTA and Springfield, Delaware County Police are asking the public’s help catching an attacker they say punched a SEPTA 101 trolley operator in a sudden, unprovoked assault.
Philadelphia Police are launching a special task force to battle the growing problem of Human Traffickers preying on children in Philadelphia, CBS has learned.
On Friday, Capt. John Darby will end his 14-year leadership role as commander of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit.
Police say the family was burglarized while they were sleeping.
Dozens of local and federal first responders met this morning to plan for possible victory celebrations.
It’s believed the two dogs were abducted from a nearby street after they wandered away from their owner’s home.
A local couple, married 62 years, died just one day apart.
Shortly after the deadly attacks in Belgium, heavy security was clearly visible at Amtrak’s 30th Street Station and along Septa bus, rail and trolley lines.
A 7-year-old boy in New Jersey who is battling an illness is becoming a police officer.
Buckingham Township Police are looking for a slippery thief stealing heating oil from underground tanks.
Taqi Brower made a last minute decision Wednesday afternoon to ride a SEPTA bus to his job as a security officer at a Chester school and many riders were thankful for that.