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.
SEPTA and Bensalem Township Police are speaking out for the first time about a Friday evening train crash in which a SEPTA West Trenton Regional Rail train plowed into an SUV that was abandoned on the tracks near the Neshaminy Falls station.
Six suspects are accused of preying on minors in chatrooms and luring them into sexual activities.
Philadelphia police say an unarmed pizza deliveryman was shot and critically wounded by two plainclothes Philadelphia police officers as he finished making a delivery Tuesday night on a West Philadelphia street.
The boyfriend of 22-year-old Nadia Malik, the missing Delaware County woman found dead inside a car at 30th St. Station February 20th, has been ordered by a Delaware County judge to remain behind bars on charges he violated probation on an earlier DUI conviction by traveling to Ohio in the days before Malik’s body was found.
The manhunt is on for a pair of armed home invaders who burst into a Northeast Philadelphia apartment, terrorizing and robbing the 20-year-old woman sleeping inside, who was repeatedly sexually assaulted as she was dragged from room to room.
A suspect who viciously attacked a father, for no apparent reason, as he dined in a West Philadelphia pizza shop with his wife and five-year-old son, will now spend seven-and-a-half to 15 years behind bars for his crime.
But police and prosecutors say the little girl’s courage went far beyond saving herself and her brother that terrifying day. She fearlessly testified at the trial for Carlos Figueroa-Fagot who tried to abduct her.
Top city leaders, including Mayor Michael Nutter, are speaking about improvements in the Fire Department Medic system, following an exclusive CBS 3 I-Team Investigation.
An exclusive CBS 3 I-Team Investigation reveals that it took nearly 18 minutes for a Fire Department Medic Unit to arrive at 4th and Wolf Streets in South Philadelphia Friday night, while a Philadelphia Police officer, who suffered a serious spinal injury chasing a suspect lay waiting in the street.
Philadelphia police are questioning four people about an alleged “tattoo attack” on a 52-year-old man inside the basement of a Mayfair home in which, the man claims, he was held down twice over 48 hours and tattooed repeatedly.
Westampton New Jersey Police Officer Max Scherzer and Burlington County Station 27 EMT Julian Vallery teamed up to help a mom give birth to a baby girl Saturday evening.
An Exclusive CBS 3 I-Team Investigation now reveals police are trying to determine if a suspect, arrested for a February 1st rape in North Philadelphia, may be a serial killer who could be responsible for the murders of as many as three women in Florida.
The attorney who represents the family of 62-year-old Linda Cerritelli, killed in a massive gas explosion that injured seven others and damaged or destroyed 55 homes, is speaking out for the first time.
“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.