Veteran Reporter Walt Hunter joins forces with Bellevue Communications Group for new media training initiative

Hunter will use his expertise to develop media training protocols for businesses, gov’t agencies, police departments, fire departments and EMT’s

walt-hunter-jpegPHILADELPHIA (September 20, 2016)— Bellevue Communications Group announced today that it has formed a strategic partnership with veteran reporter Walt Hunter to provide media training and media protocols for police departments, fire departments, and emergency responders. Hunter, who retired from CBS3 in May, served 44 years in the TV industry—36 of them as an Investigative Reporter for CBS 3 Eyewitness News and spent 29 years as a volunteer firefighter.

“Walt Hunter is one of the best television journalists in Philadelphia and across the country,” said Kevin A. Feeley, President of Bellevue Communications Group. “With his expertise, and our skilled media training seminars, Bellevue will offer the most comprehensive, real-life, media training programs in the country.”

Hunter spent 44 years covering police departments, fire departments and emergency responders in the Greater Philadelphia region.  He has received multiple awards including 16 Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, the most recent being the 2014 Emmy for “Crime News.” Hunter has been inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame and this month he has been presented with the Media-Life Time Achievement Award from the Local 22 Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union as well as the VIDOCQ Society Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor. He will also be honored with the Board of Governors award at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Emmy awards September 24th.

“I’m eager to teach the best practices and to use my own experiences to help,” said Hunter.  Whether you are a business or government leader, firefighter or police officer, the reaction during the first critical moments after an incident will make a huge impact on a business, agency and the people you serve.  The media landscape continues to change dramatically with social media and cellphone videos.  Our media training seminars will prepare anyone for handling stressful, crisis situations.”

For decades, Bellevue Communications has offered media training seminars and reputation management services to corporate clients in the banking, defense, hospital, legal, academic and utility industries. The company also has a crisis communications division to help individuals and corporations when an emergency occurs.  This partnership will focus on agencies that face emergency situations on a regular basis and come in contact with the media and the public.

About Bellevue Communications Group

Bellevue Communications Group is a full-service public relations firm specializing in media relations, crisis communications and issue management. Bellevue was created in a joint venture with S. R. Wojdak & Associates, and Bellevue draws on Wojdak’s long-standing reputation as one of the preeminent lobbying and government relations firms in Pennsylvania. Bellevue is committed to the development of strategic, carefully tailored communications that put a premium on getting results for the client.