Chris Hansen is a TV journalist best known for working on To Catch a Predator, a project in which he and some volunteers worked to catch potential internet sex predators.
Some of his other groundbreaking works include reports of the Columbine massacre, Oklahoma City terrorist attack, September 11 attacks, etc.
Hansen’s dedication to finding the truth uncaring of the risk has made him one of the best-known reporters in the world. The eight-time Emmy award-winning journalist has worked as a journalist for over 39 years.
Hansen being one of the most popular journalists in the world has amassed a net worth of over $15 million as of February 2020. On the other hand, The Richest claims that he is worth $12.5 million.
His main income stream is his work as a reporter for networks and stations like NBC, WXYZ, WDIV, etc. IN addition to this, he has also done some independent work.
Hansen has a house in Stamford, Connecticut, USA and although the exact price of the estate is unknown the average price for a house in the area is $479,795.
Chris had an apartment in Manhattan, New York, USA but was booted from the residence after not paying rent. As of reports from TMZ in January 2019, the journalist had last paid rent in August 2018. Even then, he was $400 short.
In addition to this, he also had $3,600 to pay as of January 2019. His eviction was publicized and came in the midst of a bad check controversy.
Hansen’s career began in 1981 after joining the TV network WILX-TV (affiliated with Lansing NBC). Then he joined WFLA in Tampa, Florida, USA. Right from the start of his career, he was involved in investigative reporting which would later make him famous.
He finally joined NBC News in May 1993 and worked for the network's, ‘Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric’ show.
After this, he started work on Dateline NBC and started reporting on major world events like the Columbine massacre, the Oklahoma City terrorist attack, the Unabomber, the September 11 attacks and the TWA Flight 800.
On November 11, 2004, Chris Hansen started his show on Dateline NBC where he tackled sexual predators, especially on the internet.
The reality TV show had people impersonate minors on the internet who would ‘honeypot’ predators and invite them into a house that had already been fitted with camera and recording equipment, as minors to have sex.
Then the team would expose the predator on television, in later episodes, local police would be waiting to catch the predator at the ‘sting’ house.
The show was immediately well received and was praised for tackling one of the darkest subjects in society. To Catch a Predator ended on December 28, 2007.
Some of his other shows after TCAP ended were Killer Instinct, American Gangster, WXYZ, etc.
Hansen started his own YouTube channel titled Have a Seat with Chris Hansen on October 8, 2019. His channel expands upon his former work of catching sexual predators and pedophiles.
According to SocialBlade, the channel generates anywhere from $1.3K to $21.3K per month ($16K to $255.5K per year).
He has investigated a lot of people via the channel and one of the major cases was when he investigated YouTuber Onision for pedophilia. Onision denied the claims and called the police on Hansen. He also filed a lawsuit against Hansen on January 24.
After the end of his career at NBC in 2013, he wanted to do an independent project titled Hansen vs. Predator. He started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the project but only raised $89,000 out of the goal of $400,000.
After this, the rights to the show were absorbed by Crime Watch Daily where it is a segment.
Stamford Police arrested Hansen in January 2019 after he wrote a bad check to pay for promotional items amounting to $13,000.
He turned himself in on January 14 of the same year and the charges were later dropped.
Chris Hansen was born Christopher Edward Hansen on September 13, 1959, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He grew up in the suburbs of West Bloomfield and attended Brother Rice High School as a child.
After completing high school, he joined the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences and graduated in 1981.
He has credited the police and FBI’s investigation of the disappearance of union leader Jimmy Hoffa as the inspiration for his investigative journalism.
Regarding his relationships, he is married to Mary Joan as of February 2020. The pair tied the knot on November 18, 1989. There were reports that Joan filed for divorce in June 2018 but the duo is still together. They have two sons together.
Hansen was rumored to be dating Kristyn Caddell, a reporter from Florida.