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.
“Dog Walker Watch” a joint program just launched by police, and Community Watch President Matt Peskin, is recruiting dog walkers to help report suspicious, criminal activities in their neighborhoods.
An exclusive CBS 3 I-Team investigation revealed the three medic units, assigned to stations in West Philadelphia, Chinatown and South Philadelphia took more than 18, 11 and 16 minutes respectively to arrive.
Only CBS 3 cameras are there as neighbors, led by a school crossing guard, rescued as many as 8 small children, and a baby in a car seat, from a school van that began burning as it brought the children home from a Feltonville Elementary School.
CBS 3 has learned a suspect charged with abducting, beating and repeatedly raping a woman on a North Philadelphia street is being investigated to determine if he is a serial killer.
Officials in Radnor Township, Delaware County are cautioning residents of the Main Line community to be on the alert after a raccoon and fox have both tested positive for rabies over the past two weeks.
The family of contractor Griffin Campbell, charged with murder in the 22d and Market St. demolition site collapse last June, that killed 6 and left more than a dozen injured, says Campbell has told them he deeply regrets what happened.
Philadelphia Fire Union officials now say EPA air sample tests they have received from city officials indicate the presence of a number of chemicals inside the Engine Co. 66 firehouse, which was closed abruptly December 18, after firefighters reported fumes and one reported feeling ill.
Philadelphia Police say a male student at the Masterman High School in Spring Garden is expected to be criminally charged for allegedly posting a threat to a school administrator online.
Hanging upside down, stuck in her seat belt, Murphy told CBS 3’s Walt Hunter, in an exclusive interview, she feared at any moment her SUV might burst into flames or be pushed into a ravine along the road by another vehicle skidding in the darkness.
Police say no one was injured, but the bullets struck the windows of the Philadelphia Fire Department’s station on Hart Lane at Boudinot Street.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Upper Merion Township Chief Thomas Nolan announced the arrests of six men for patronizing prostitutes.
Only CBS 3 cameras were there as top PECO officials and emergency managers from four Pennsylvania counties and Philadelphia met behind closed doors to discuss response to power problems during the recent ice storm.
Police say a 41-year -old woman was ambushed as she pulled her car into the garage of her home, the attacker pulling a knife and demanding her purse.
Following an exclusive I-Team report, a judge ordered a new sentencing hearing, allowing Cynthia Onofrio, who was run down on her bicycle by a DUI driver, to testify against her attacker.
Riding her bike along Church Road October 30th, the victim was rammed so hard the impact shattered her bike, her helmet and, as this X-ray shows, her spine, now held with pins and bars after a two-week hospital stay.