Chris Hansen is a $1.5 million American news anchor and television broadcaster. He is most recognized for his work with Dateline NBC, where he hosted a series of “To Catch a Predator” TV specials. The show focused on sting operations set up by Hansen and law enforcement officials in order to apprehend sex abusers.
Hansen went on to host a variety of other shows after the series ended, including “Killer Instinct” and “Crime Watch Daily.” Hansen is now a YouTube celebrity in addition to his broadcast employment.
Chris’ work on “To Catch a Predator” established him as a pop-culture hero, with numerous references to his show throughout the years. He is still the topic of innumerable internet memes and jokes, as well as TV programs and films. Hansen has received numerous awards and recognition for his television work during his career.
Eight Emmys, four Edward R. Murrow Honors, three Clarion Awards, an Overseas Press Club award, an IRE, a National Press Club award, an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Award, and awards from both the Associated Press and United Press International are among them.
Early Life And Career Of Chris Hansen
Christopher Edward Hansen was born on September 13, 1959, in Chicago, Illinois, and was motivated to become a journalist at the age of 14 after watching the FBI investigation into the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. During his final year at Michigan State University, he had already taken a job as a reporter for the Lansing-based NBC affiliate.
Hansen worked as a reporter in numerous towns across Michigan after college. He became an investigative reporter and anchor for the NBC affiliate in Detroit in 1988, then a correspondent for NBC News in 1993.
His first job on NBC was as a correspondent for the short-lived news show Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric. Around the same time, he accepted a new job as an anchor for NBC’s Dateline specials, where he learned more in-depth, high-profile stories about tragic national events such as the Columbine Shooting, the Oklahoma City Bombing, and the Unabomber, and the TWA Flight 800 disaster.
Hansen began his career as an investigative journalist while working on that side of the newsroom. He began researching themes such as Indian child labor and Chinese counterfeit medication sales.
He also contributed significantly to NBC’s coverage of the September 11th attacks, Osama bin Laden’s operations, the hijacking of Air France flight 8969, and the ineffectiveness of security procedures in American airports.
Hansen started anchoring the show To Catch a Predator in 2004, which was essentially a sting operation for predatory adults trying to have sexual contact with youngsters. Adults were usually enticed to previously agreed-upon meeting locations for these encounters, which were usually crowded with television crews and cops. Hansen would approach and interview the suspects once they were confined in the room before police enforcement arrived to catch the would-be predators.
From 2004 through 2007, the show was so popular that it spawned a few spin-offs, including To Catch A Con Man and To Catch An I.D. Thief. Hansen was finally dismissed from NBC after compromising images of him and a mistress appeared online. Hansen went on to host Killer Instinct on Investigation Discovery after leaving NBC. Sadly, the show only lasted 10 episodes.
He became the host of the second season of the syndicated news program Crime Watch Daily in 2016. He also launched Hansen vs. Predator, a resurrection of To Catch a Predator, during his stay on the show.
After three seasons, the show was canceled in June 2018. Hansen currently maintains a YouTube channel called Have A Seat With Chris Hansen, which has weekly podcasts on various themes and talks with notable guests. He doesn’t have much else going on.
What Is The Net Worth Of Chris Hansen?
Hansen is currently worth $1.5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, the same amount as struggling celebrity parents Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott combined. Knowing Hansen was previously a rising star on one of the world’s most popular television networks, this is actually extremely sad.
There’s a lesson here for ambitious TV journalists: don’t imagine for a second that just because you’ve landed a lucrative job at a large network means you’re secure. If you’re not careful, you may still lose everything, and the same networks will have no problem cutting relations with you if you become a liability. Avoid becoming one.
Hansen’s wife of 30 years, Mary Joan, filed for divorce in 2018. Chris has fired from NBC five years ago after being spotted kissing a “former mistress.” In 2020, Mary Joan began to appear on Chris’ YouTube channel, implying that the two had reunited.
During their relationship, the couple has had two children. Hansen was also said to have been “evicted” from his house in early 2019 while going through his divorce, purportedly because he had failed to pay his New York apartment rent for several months.