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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 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.

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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.

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

(Mayor Nutter discusses some of the recommendations of his blue ribbon panel report on the future of the Department of Licenses and Inspections in the wake of the fatal collapse of a building onto the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 22nd and Market Streets in July 2013.  Members of the panel stand with the mayor.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

Report Blames City For Failing To Heed Warnings Before Deadly Market St. Building Collapse

A report by the Mayor’s Special Independent Advisory Commission found the deadly June 5, 2013 building collapse that killed six and injured 14 was “a symptom of larger, long-standing problems” with the City’s Department of Licenses and Inspections.

09/25/2014

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Serial Burglar Hits Homes In Chestnut Hill

Philadelphia Police hope surveillance pictures will help lead them to a serial burglar who has victimized several Chestnut Hill residents.

09/24/2014

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Suspect Jumps Atop SEPTA El Train, Leaping Onto Second Moving Train In Philadelphia

Surveillance video, first seen in an Exclusive CBS 3 Report, shows frantic passengers pointing to the suspect, and screaming to him as he hops from train to train, then climbs down onto the platform.

09/09/2014

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Victim Shot In $70,000 Rhawnhurst Robbery Speaks Out, Offers Reward

Detectives say the gunman ambushed the victim as he pulled into a parking space, shooting him as he sat in the driver’s seat, then stealing a bank deposit bag with $70,000 cash.

09/05/2014

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I-Team Exclusive: Neighbors Received No Warning About Escaped Prisoner In Montgomery County

Montgomery County officials now confirm neighbors, living adjacent to the county prison in Eagleville, were never alerted that a prisoner had escaped Monday afternoon.

09/02/2014

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EXCLUSIVE: A First Look At New Medic Units And Procedures In Philadelphia

Philadelphia officials now say improvements to the fire department’s medic system, first implemented 100 days ago, are working, making more units available to those needing help.

08/28/2014

(A law enforcement official points to surveillance photo of a woman dressed in a burka picking up a kindergarten student who was sexually assaulted a short time later.  File photo)

Girl Abducted From West Philadelphia School Testifies

Taking the stand in a Justice Center courtroom, a seven-year-old girl testified face to face against her alleged attacker, accused of abducting her from a West Philadelphia elementary classroom in January, 2013, holding her captive, blindfolded under a bed for 19 hours, before she was released wearing only a t-shirt in the freezing darkness.

08/27/2014

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Bensalem Police Investigating After Vets’ Gravesite Flags Burned

The incidents reportedly occurred this past weekend and on Monday night at Roosevelt Memorial Park on Old Lincoln Highway and Rosedale Memorial Park on Richlieu Road.

08/26/2014

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Investigation Continues After Homeowner Opens Fire On Alleged Thief In Frankford

Police say it may be next week before a decision is made on whether a Frankford resident will be criminally charged for shooting a man he suspected of trying to break in to his pickup truck.

08/22/2014

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Police Search For Teen Who Set Off Explosive Device Inside Chinese Restaurant

Police are searching for the teen suspect who placed a device inside a Chinese restaurant that later exploded, causing severe damage.

08/21/2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Father Wetzel, Priest To Police, Speaks On Shooting Of Officer Korpalski

During a “ride-a-along” with 15th District officers late Monday night, the Chaplain, who wears a stole with a Fraternal Order of Police emblem instead of a badge, suddenly found himself among the first on the scene.

08/20/2014

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Police: Victim Of Center City Murder Was Beaten To Death

Authorities labeled the death suspicious last week, and now police sources say it was a case of murder.

08/18/2014

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Mother, 2 Children Confronted By Man Outside Children’s Museum

The mother, who asked we conceal her identity, told CBS 3’s Walt Hunter she was reading to her six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son on the Museum steps, only a few feet from the front door, when the man suddenly approached, began screaming and waving his hands, demanding money.

08/15/2014

(Cpl. Gerard McShea of the Pa. State Police, speaks to reporters at the Belmont Barracks.  Photo by Steve Tawa)

Pa. State Police Search For I-95 Hit-Run Driver(s) Approaching Four Months

The victim had flown in Philadelphia from Germany to visit his daughter and now she is pleading for help in catching her father’s killer.

08/01/2014

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City Officials React To Philadelphia Police Corruption Indictments

Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey spoke out at a City Hall press conference condemning six indicted narcotics officers and refuting suggestions that corruption in the department is widespread.

07/31/2014

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