Walt Hunter has been part of the incredibly fast-paced evolution of media delivery over the past forty-plus years. One of Philadelphia’s most outstanding investigative reporters, Hunter’s hard-driving and in-depth reporting style 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 with 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 spent nearly forty years covering the police beat for CBS3, as well as reporting on 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 confusions 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”.
In addition to his broadcast honors, Hunter received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters degree from Immaculata University in May 2016. The Philadelphia Police Department also recognized his career with a special commendation from Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Jr. that same month as did the Firefighters Union Executive Board.
A Philadelphia native and University of Pennsylvania graduate, Walt 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 paper’s history.