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 Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is investigating to determine how a 3-year-old was able to walk away from a day care center in Feltonville.
Speaking out for the first time, on the second anniversary of Hurricane Irene, the mother of a 20-year-old who drowned that stormy night says it was human error, not the hurricane that caused her tragic death.
The family of 50-year-old Sharolyn Jackson was overjoyed to learn that,13 days after they held a funeral and burial, Jackson is, in fact, alive.
Confined to a wheelchair, the suspect accused of shooting and critically wounding officer Edward Davies was taken from Einstein Medical Center as heavily armed SWAT officers kept a close watch.
City officials say final results are expected Thursday on tests for possible asbestos contamination at Philadelphia Police Accident Investigation Headquarters at 26th and Master Streets in North Philadelphia.
A former Temple University All-American running back who helped lead the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl title now finds himself a victim of crime, according to CBS 3 sources.
Pulled from the rubble of the collapsed building where six others had already been found dead, 52-year-old Mariya Plekan told her attorney she was amazed that she had survived.
“It wasn’t my fault.” City officials say those are the words, unmistakable, clearly audible, left on a video message by the L&I inspector, who had inspect the site of a deadly building collapse.
Officer Matt White and his partner won’t ever forget the sound of the shot that came so close.
The Schaible’s are due at the Criminal Justice Center Friday morning and prosecutors are making efforts to keep them behind bars until their trial.
It is the portrait of a hero, at once inspirational and heartbreaking.
A Levittown couple describes the terrifying moments as, they claim, a Sergeant from the Bucks County Sheriff’s Department roughed them up, then falsely arrested them inside their home.
Police say an intruder attempted to indecently assault a 6-year-old girl in North Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon.
An exclusive CBS 3 report reveals the FBI – and one of their retired art theft experts – are now teaming up in the search for a rare Norman Rockwell painting, stolen more than 3 decades ago from a Cherry Hill, N.J. home.
An exclusive CBS 3 I-Team investigation reveals it took Philadelphia Police nearly five hours before the first car was dispatched to a hit-and-run accident in Northeast Philadelphia Saturday night that left 15-year-old Kylie Givens critically injured.