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 16 Philadelphia Emmy Awards, most recently the 2014 Emmy for “Crime News.” He also received a 2013 Emmy for coverage of “Hurricane Sandy,” along one for “Outstanding General Assignment 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 for seven years, he co-hosted 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.
The state trooper is recovering at Hahnemann Hospital after being shot in the shoulder.
There’s a new level of security protection for Thanksgiving flyers at Philadelphia International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now using specially trained K-9 units to detect explosives or dangerous substances.
The Pa. State Attorney General’s Office has filed criminal charges against the former Public Works Director of Tredyffrin Township for allegedly pouring between one and 4,000 gallons of a chemical called magnesium chloride into a retention basin adjoining the Public Works Complex.
In the days following the Paris attacks, there’s been a jump in applications to carry firearms in at least two suburban counties.
Only CBS 3 cameras were there as Radnor Police and code inspectors temporarily closed the Seasons Pizza Shop after a worker, Brandy Weldon, was arrested for allegedly possessing marijuana and selling it to undercover officers.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey is speaking out on the Paris terror attacks and keeping the city safe.
Bensalem Public Safety Director Fred Harran is calling “a miracle,” a bullet, fired by a suspected killer, was stopped, when it struck the gun an officer was holding, most likely saving his life.
The mother of murder victim Saleem West joined Philadelphia homicide investigators at a press conference announcing the arrest of her 16 year old son’s two accused killers.
Police have made two arrests in the murder of 16-year-old Saleem West.
He’s now being held on $1 million bail.
Remi will be surrounded by acres of green grass and, most importantly, more love than he has ever known.
The late son of Vice President Joe Biden is being remembered in Delaware. The state is set to rename its National Guard Headquarters in New Castle after Beau Biden.
Philadelphia Police now confirm they are investigating two police officers, seen in a picture sleeping in a patrol car.
Police say 30-year-old Michael Osorio of Havertown and 29-year-old Jackie Kohlepp of Northeast Philadelphia were arrested in connection with a violent SEPTA attack that was caught on camera.
Tredyffrin Township police are alerting neighbors about thieves who targeted cars in three neighboring communities last Wednesday night.