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.
“I never felt so scared, bricks on me, I couldn’t breathe,” Plekan explained from a wheelchair at a West Philadelphia Rehabilitation Center.
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.
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.
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.”
Police are investigating an accident involving a train and a car in Burlington County.
U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Buckwalter, who had sentenced Fumo to 61 months behind bars, now ordered him to pay nearly $400,000 in additional restitution for his crimes.
A CBS 3 I-Team investigation reveals the dangers when cars and people wind up in the path of trains along SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lines.
Once again this May, the Mozino family quietly visited the Radnor Park where a tree, planted nearly 25 years ago, grows ever larger celebrating the life of 23-year-old Dawn Mozino, who vanished on May 22, 1989.
In a story reported first and exclusively by CBS3, Philadelphia School District officials are trying to determine why it took nearly four months for the alleged sexual assault of a teacher in her classroom at Strawberry Mansion High School to be reported to police.
Philadelphia Police Officer Edward Davies, critically wounded in the line of duty last August, is speaking out about his courageous struggle to survive and the lifesaving efforts of fellow officers and doctors at Temple Hospital.
Only CBS 3 cameras were there as a 17-year-old suspect was arrested by SEPTA police detectives and charged with driving an SUV onto the tracks of SEPTA’s West Trenton Regional Rail line, where it was rammed by a train filled with scores of rush-hour riders.
Devin Bullock, 19, nearly lost his life, and has now lost one of his legs, the innocent victim of a gunman who opened fire April 23d at 25th and Thompson Streets in Brewerytown.
Residents are assessing damage to their homes and businesses as near-record flood waters from the Brandywine Creek recede.
Radnor Township Police say a Megan’s Law Offender now faces criminal charges for allegedly stalking a 21-year-old Villanova University student inside the campus library on 10 different occasions in September and October of 2013.
The Pastor of a financially struggling Camden, New Jersey church and his congregation were stunned to learn that burglars broke through the rear wall of their church overnight, taking what they could carry up a ladder and into a rear yard.