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.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says that fortunately, no officers were hurt as they battled with the gunman before shooting and critically wounding him.
A manhunt is underway for an armed robber who has struck 10 times since the beginning of October bringing fear to a West Philadelphia neighborhood.
Lower Merion Police say a 32-year-old Wynnewood mother is facing DUI and other charges following a crash Friday night in Bryn Mawr.
Fifty-three drug dealers, convicted of selling everything from “crack” cocaine to heroin, have been thrown out by a Philadelphia judge, because testimony and actions of an allegedly corrupt cop may have tainted the cases.
An I-Team investigation reveals a Schuylkill Expressway off-ramp in Upper Merion where a truck flipped at the start of Wednesday’s rush hour has been the scene of prior wrecks, including a Sept. 4 crash that left a driver seriously injured.
Police, Officials To Discuss Possible Security Improvements At Philadelphia Airport Following LAX Shooting
Chief Sullivan says while the department is well prepared to handle an “active shooter” or other emergency, it’s possible lessons learned from the shooting which left a TSA Officer dead, and three other victims wounded, could lead to changes here.
In a phone interview with CBS 3, a woman described hearing shots and seeing passengers scramble inside Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport where she was waiting to board a flight to Philadelphia to visit her sister.
In an exclusive CBS 3 I-Team interview with Investigative Reporter Walt Hunter, the alleged victim says the conductor began screaming at him, punching him and trying to choke him.
CBS 3 Investigative Reporter Walt Hunter went face to face with contractor Griffin Campbell, looking for answers about the collapse.
CBS 3 has learned the investigation into a Philadelphia homicide detective, suspected of possibly obstructing justice in a murder case, has now expanded.
A CBS 3 I-Team Investigation finds, in addition to guns and badges, more and more officers nationwide are now wearing body cameras that document, with video and audio, every moment they are on patrol.
A little league football coach in Delaware County has been arrested and charged with beating a fellow coach in the middle of a game.
Speaking exclusively to CBS 3, a 15-year-old high school student, whose identity we are concealing, described a terrifying attack by a group of at least nine teenage boys as she was leaving a football game Monday night.
In the wake of a medic unit bursting into flames, heavily damaging a firehouse at 4th and Arch Streets, City Council has voted to hold public hearings into the condition and safety of Philadelphia fire apparatus, while the CBS 3 I-Team has uncovered visual evidence of still more problems.
Nearly 18 months after a vacant, burning Kensington warehouse collapsed, killing Philadelphia Fire Lieutenant Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney, and injuring two fellow firefighters, a unanimous vote in City Council signaled the start of a new search for answers and reform.