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.
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.
Following an exclusive CBS 3 I-Team report on an April 9,2012 Kensington Warehouse fire, that killed Lieutenant Robert Neary and firefighter Daniel Sweeney, injuring two other firefighters, City Councilman James Kenney is calling for City Council hearings into the deadly five-alarmer and building collapse.
Nearly 18 months after two Philadelphia firefighters died, crushed beneath the walls of a burning Kensington warehouse, CBS 3 has uncovered new details about the tragedy.
Firefighters Local 22 went to court seeking to keep the 14 from losing their new ranks. Among those taking the witness stand, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers.
Standing close to six-feet, three-inches tall, former Philadelphia First Deputy Police Commissioner James Clark was a big man in many ways, his friends and colleagues say.
Police say a Philadelphia building engineer at Lincoln High School who had been evicted from his home apparently drove to work, leaving two rifles, two handguns and ammo inside his car.
Workers at the Phillystran, Inc. plant, in Montgomeryville, Montgomery County, played a special role in the building of One World Trade Center on this 12th Anniversary of 9/11.
The family of Philadelphia Fire Captain Robert Neary, killed along with firefighter Daniel Sweeney, when a burning, vacant Kensington warehouse collapsed on them 17 months ago, is filing a lawsuit against the building’s owners.
As the first anniversary of Officer Brad Fox’s murder draws near, his widow along with his mother and father share their story of pain, courage and triumph in an exclusive one-on-one interview with CBS 3′s Walt Hunter.
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.