Christopher Edward "Chris" Hansen (born March 26, 1959) is a United States television infotainment personality. He is well-known for his work on Dateline NBC, in particular the controversial former segment known as To Catch a Predator, which revolved around catching potential Internet sex predators using a sting operation.
Chris Hansen became a reporter for Lansing NBC affiliate WILX in 1981 during his senior year at Michigan State University.
Hansen's notable work for Dateline includes coverage of the Columbine massacre, the Oklahoma City terrorist attack, the Unabomber and the TWA Flight 800 disaster; as well as investigative reports on Indian child slave labor and on counterfeit prescription drug sales in China. Hansen was responsible for most of Dateline's coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as stories on terrorist groups and the operations of Al-Qaeda. He exposed how a group linked to Osama Bin Laden had tried to buy missiles and nuclear weapons components, and he also worked on an exclusive report detailing an attempted 1994 terrorist attack in France. His series on the lack of security at airports resulted in the Federal Aviation Administration opening an investigation and ultimately revising their policies.
In conjunction with the site Perverted-Justice, Hansen hosted a series of Dateline NBC reports under the title TO Catch a Predator. Volunteers from Perverted-Justice impersonate teenagers online and arrange to meet with adults for sex. The meeting places are usually "sting houses", where camera crews from NBC and sometimes police await the would-be pedophile.
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