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.

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Caught On Tape: Alleged Drunk Driver Plows Into Cars, Police Cruiser At Busy Montgomery Township Intersection

Montgomery County officials say patrol car video from a DUI crash June 17th sends a warning to those who might consider driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs during the July 4th holiday weekend.

07/03/2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Crime Down In City Of Brotherly Love

In an exclusive interview with CBS 3’s Walt Hunter, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey revealed crime in every major category was down between January and June 30th.

07/01/2014

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I-Team Exclusive: House Once Occupied By Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell Causing Problems For Neighbors

The house, once occupied by convicted killer and abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, is causing big problems for his Mantua neighbors.

06/30/2014

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Lifeguards Pull 5-Year-Old To Safety After Near-drowning At Flourtown Pool

Eyewitness Susan Keightly says the child was not submerged and was alert and talking as guards removed him from the pool.

06/25/2014

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Swimmers Take To Pennypack Creek — Despite Warnings

As temperatures rise, CBS 3 cameras found teenagers swimming in the same stretch of Pennypack Creek where two teenage boys died within weeks of each other last summer.

06/17/2014

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Several Bear Sightings Reported Monday In South Jersey

Police say a bear that’s been wandering through several South Jersey communities since last week has been spotted twice in Mount Laurel Monday.

06/16/2014

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Gov. Corbett Involved In Discussions To Head Off SEPTA Regional Rail Strike

CBS 3 has also confirmed that an offer for a two-week extension was presented. It is not yet known how union officials responded.

06/13/2014

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SEPTA Regional Rail Strike A ‘Virtual Certainty’ If No Settlement Reached

SEPTA officials are warning 120,000 daily riders on regional rail lines that the threat of a strike at 12:01 a.m. Saturday is a growing possibility.

06/12/2014

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Police: Alleged Stalker Questioned And Cleared For Tredyffrin Incident; No Connection To May Attempted Assault

Police now say a Monday stalking incident in Chester County is likely not connected to a May 2014 attempted sexual assault in the same area.

06/09/2014

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Veteran Tells His Story Of Courage And Bloodshed On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day

Like so many of the “Greatest Generation” Abe was young, barely 21, jumping from his landing craft, struggling through the waves.

06/06/2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Rescuers Who Found Building Collapse Survivor After 13 Hours Speak For First Time

Philadelphia Fire Department John O’Neill, working with a team of fire department rescuers, along with Tom Brown, a FEMA search team specialist and his dog, Phoenix, told of the moments when they first discovered Mariya Plekan alive.

06/05/2014

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Trapped For 13 Hours, Building Collapse Survivor Shares Her Story Nearly One Year Later

“I never felt so scared, bricks on me, I couldn’t breathe,” Plekan explained from a wheelchair at a West Philadelphia Rehabilitation Center.

06/03/2014

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Attorneys For 2 Charged In Center City Building Collapse Reveal Plan To Ask A Judge To Set Bail

Contractor Griffin Campbell and heavy equipment operator Sean Benschop, both charged with third-degree murder in the June 5th, 2013 demolition site collapse that killed six and injured 13 at 22nd and Market Streets, could be set free to await trial.

06/03/2014

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One Year After Deadly Collapse, CBS 3 Speaks One-On-One With L & I Commissioner

CBS 3’s Walt Hunter sat down with Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams to learn more about promised reforms and the agencies actions prior to the collapse.

05/29/2014

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Controller’s Building Collapse Report Raises Questions About Promises Of Reform

Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams in a 39-page written response, included in the Controller’s Report, refuted the findings raising “objections to the incomplete, inaccurate and misleading interpretations of Department data that underlie the Report’s recommendations.”

05/22/2014

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