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 wife and brother of convicted police killer Mumia Abu Jamal say the convicted police killer is suffering from diabetic shock in the Intensive Care Unit of a Pottsville Hospital.
A planned walk-out by North Penn High School students to demand action on a sexting investigation at their school did not materialize at mid-morning.
One of the American victims of the Germanwings plane crash attended Philadelphia’s Drexel University.
The FBI, New Jersey State Police, county and local investigators are on the trail of hackers who hijacked a Gloucester County school’s district’s computer network, demanding a ransom payment to make it usable again.
Radnor Police say the unusual headgear worn by an accused armed robber helped lead to his arrest for the May 22, 2014 armed robbery of an A Plus Mini Mart in Wayne.
Upper Darby Police say frightened children, screaming for help from the windows of their school bus brought them racing to the corner of West Chester Pike and New Street around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
A reward of more than $22,000 is now being offered. Anyone with information should call the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334 or dial 215-546-TIPS.
Hundreds of police from Philadelphia and across the country formed a long blue line outside the funeral home at 52nd and Whitby Avenues in West Philadelphia where a viewing was held for murdered Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III.
Fortunately, in the first hours of the storm, there were few reports of serious accidents or power outages.
Given rare access, CBS 3’s Walt Hunter got a behind-the-scenes look at the Cyber Crime Squad inside Philadelphia FBI Headquarters.
When Chief John Meskill took the oath to become a Philadelphia firefighter back in 1886, he most likely never imagined that for the next 129 years one or more members of his family, continuously, would serve as members of the department.
Anyone with information should call Philadelphia Police at 215-546-TIPS.
Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms have now joined Philadelphia Fire Department investigators looking for the cause of a destructive 3-alarm fire
Philadelphia Police say a bank robbery suspect had no idea that while he tried to make his escape from a bank robbery, there was a GPS chip tracking his every movement.
Now, speaking to CBS 3 Investigative Reporter Walt Hunter, he gives a fascinating, and, at times, frightening account of his position as a mob hit man – and his decision to leave organized crime.