Chris Hansen Biography
Chris Hansen (Christopher Edward Hansen) is an American television journalist. He is best known for his work on Dateline NBC, in particular the former segment To Catch a Predator, which revolved around catching potential Internet sex predators using a sting operation.
Hansen also hosts Killer Instinct on Investigation Discovery, which documents homicide investigations. In September 2016, Hansen became the new host of the syndicated show Crime Watch Daily.
Chris Hansen Education
Hansen attended Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He then graduated from Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications in 1981.
Chris Hansen Career with NBC (1981–2013)
Hansen became a reporter for Lansing NBC affiliate WILX in 1981 during his senior year at Michigan State University. He then reported for WFLA in Tampa, WXYZ in Detroit, various radio stations, and newspapers in Michigan, and WDIV as an investigative reporter and anchor from 1988.
In May 1993, he joined NBC News as a correspondent for the news magazine Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric.
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Chris Hansen Dateline NBC
Hansen’s notable work for Dateline includes coverage of the Columbine massacre, the Unabomber, the Oklahoma City terrorist attack and the TWA Flight 800 disaster. He is also known for the investigative reports on Indian child slave labor and on counterfeit prescription drug sales in China.
He was responsible for most of Dateline’s coverage of the September 11 attacks, as well as stories on terrorist groups and the operations of Al-Qaeda.
Hansen also exposed how a group linked to Osama Bin Laden had tried to buy missiles and nuclear weapons components, and also worked on an exclusive report detailing an attempted 1994 terrorist attack in France.
Hansen’s series on the lack of security at airports resulted in the FAA opening an investigation and ultimately revising its policies.
Chris Hansen To Catch a Predator
Hansen hosted a series of Dateline NBC reports under the title To Catch a Predator, in conjunction with the website Perverted-Justice. Volunteers from Perverted-Justice impersonated underage people (usually 13–15) in chat rooms online and agreed to meet with adults for sex. The meeting places were “sting houses”, where camera crews from NBC, and in later episodes local police, awaited the potential sexual predator.
Capitalizing on the success of Hansen and his Predator investigations, Dateline NBC created three Tuesday night spin-offs of its original concept; Hansen hosted To Catch an I.D. Thief and To Catch a Con Man.
In March 2007, his book, To Catch a Predator: Protecting Your Kids from Online Enemies Already in Your Home, was released in the American market.
Chris Hansen Hansen vs. Predator
In 2015, Chris Hansen announced plans to release a new independent television show called Hansen vs. Predator, a spin-off of his original show To Catch a Predator. The program was intended to premiere online before broadcast rights were sold.
Chris Hansen Crime Watch
On August 22, 2016, it was announced that Chris Hansen would become the new host of the syndicated news program Crime Watch Daily beginning with its second-season premiere on September 12. He anchors the program from New York City, but it will maintain its Los Angeles-based newsroom.
The second season of Crime Watch Daily also saw the premiere of Hansen vs. Predator, a revival of his previous To Catch a Predator series. Hansen’s entry brought further ratings gains to the program, with household ratings increasing by 20% to 1.0, and a 23% gain among women 18-34.
On January 4, 2017, the show was renewed for a third season. Crime Watch Daily ended its run in June 2018. Hansen debuted the first episode of Hansen vs Predator on Monday, September 12, 2016, on Crime Watch Daily.
Chris Hansen Age
He was born on 13 September 1959 in Lansing, Michigan, United States. He is 59 years old as of 2018.
Chris Hansen Wife
Hansen married Mary Joan Hansen in 1989 and together they two sons. It is reported that Mary Joan filed for divorce on June 5th, 2018 after nearly 30 years of marriage. The family resides in Connecticut.
Chris Hansen Salary – Chris Hansen Net Worth
Chris Hansen has an estimated net worth of $ 12.5 million thou his salary is not revealed yet.
Chris Hansen Arrested
In January 2019, Chris Hansen was charged with larceny after a check bounced with a vendor who delivered promotional items. On January 14, 2019, Hansen turned himself in to police in Connecticut for allegedly bouncing checks for nearly $13,000 worth of promotional materials, according to Stamford Police.
Chris Hansen Awards
Hansen has received eight Emmy Awards, three Clarion awards, four Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Overseas Press Club award, the National Press Club award, an IRE, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Award; as well as awards for excellence from the Associated Press and United Press International.
Chris Hansen Tv Shows
- Crime Watch Daily 2015 – 2018
- To Catch a Predator 2004 – 2007
- Dateline NBC Since 1992
- Killer Instinct With Chris Hansen
- Homicide for the Holidays
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2007: To Catch a Predator: Protecting Your Kids from Online Enemies Already in Your Home
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‘To Catch a Predator’ host Chris Hansen arrested over $13,000 in bounced checks
“To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen was arrested Monday after he allegedly wrote bad checks to a vendor he owed money to, according to police.
Hansen turned himself into the Stamford Police Department in Connecticut after a warrant was issued for his arrest on a felony charge of issuing a bad check, Stamford Sgt. Sean Scanlan said.
In summer 2017, Hansen bought about $13,000 worth of promotional items, like hats, shirts and mugs from a local company, and paid for them with a check that bounced, Scanlan told NBC News.
“The owner and Hansen go back and forth for a period of time,” and in April of 2018, Hansen gave the business owner another check, Scanlan said. That one bounced, too.
Police issued a warrant for Hansen’s arrest after he refused to speak with them, Scanlan said.
Hansen hosted NBC’s “Dateline” series “To Catch a Predator” until it was canceled in 2008. He also hosted spinoffs “To Catch an I.D. Thief” and “To Catch a Con Man.”
In 2015, Hansen launched a kickstarter to fund a new show, “Hansen vs. Predator.” Mugs and T-shirts are listed as incentives for donating.
Hansen has been released without bond and a written promise to appear in court. It’s not clear if Hansen has an attorney, and a phone number listed for him in Connecticut has been disconnected.
To Catch a Predator‘s Chris Hansen’s Wife Filed for Divorce — and He’s Being Evicted
Chris Hansen, former host of To Catch a Predator, is undergoing some major changes in his life.
Hansen, 59, has been evicted from his home in New York City and his wife, Mary Joan, has filed for divorce, according to court records obtained by PEOPLE.
The news of the divorce complaint was first reported by Radar Online. According to the outlet, after nearly 30 years of marriage, Mary Joan filed on June 5, 2018, claiming that “the marriage has broken down irretrievably.” She’s reportedly asking for alimony and “a fair division of property and debts.”
The outlet also reports that the couple convened on Tuesday this week — one day after Hansen was arrested and charged with issuing bad checks — to discuss “financial disputes” and will return to court within the next two weeks. The couple has not yet discussed child support or custody for the two adult children they share, according to Radar Online.
TMZ first obtained the eviction records, which were filed in November 2018. The outlet reports Hansen last paid his rent in August, but it was $400 short. According to TMZ, the landlord alleged in the documents that Hansen owes $400, plus $3,600 for September. TMZ adds that he was officially evicted last week and has 10 days to vacate. Friday, Jan. 18, is the last day he can stay in the Manhattan apartment.
Earlier this week, police in Stamford, Connecticut, confirmed to PEOPLE that the TV personality had been arrested and charged with issuing bad checks.
In the summer of 2017, police said Hansen ordered several promotional items including t-shirts, mugs and decals from a local company for upcoming marketing events.
According to police, Hansen was given a bill totaling just under $13,000 and agreed to pay for the items in full before they were delivered, but the check he issued nearly three months after receiving an invoice bounced.
The owner of the vendor reached out to Hansen, who apologized and attempted to make a partial payment, police said. But after the television host wrote a second check in 2018 that also bounced, the owner contacted the police.
When investigators contacted Hansen, he refused to speak on the issue, police said. A warrant was issued for his arrest.
Hansen turned himself in to police on Monday and was charged with a class D felony, according to police. He was released without bond and signed a promise to appear in court.
A rep for Hansen did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.
To Catch a Predator ran from 2004 to 2007 and saw Hansen and his team confront sex offenders.