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.
The runners hosted a dinner for cancer patients and their caretakers.
For the second time in less than a month, a Villanova University student has been charged with dealing LSD from his dorm room.
Sam Rabadi, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms in Philadelphia, gave Eyewitness News an inside look at the fight to stop the flow of illegal weapons.
It’s only March, right? That’s true, and many people are taking advantage of the record warmth while they can.
For Bob Tracey, the ride home from work at midnight might have been the road to riches until he made one very unselfish decision.
Radnor Police say the father of a 2 1/2-year-old little boy and his female companion are under arrest after they discovered the child, wearing only a t-shirt and diaper, alone inside an apartment Monday morning.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and others gathered at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Lower Merion Sunday.
There were smiles, hugs and tears as a young woman – for the first time – met the two police officers who saved her life weeks ago.
Some of those in closest contact with Scott Kelly are local researchers.
Philadelphia and SEPTA Police are working together to combat an “after school” crime problem that has been growing for the past three months on Center City streets, near City Hall.
Officer Clare and his supervisor, Sgt. John Benit, explained that they heard a clicking at the door and, suddenly, there was the suspect, 28-year-old William Sides.
By early afternoon, most stretches of Routes 100 and 926 near the creek were reopening as the waters began receding.
As of now, no criminal charges have been filed in the incident.
On Tuesday at noon, there will be a moment of silence remembering the three firefighters who died in the February 24, 1991 12-alarm inferno that consumed much of the 1 Meridian High Rise, opposite City Hall.
District Attorney Seth Williams spoke publicly for the first time about the investigation.