Chris Hansen bio: age, children, wife, TV shows, movies, profile, wealth

Chris Hansen bio: age, children, wife, TV shows, movies, profile, wealth

If you are a fan of a reality TV series called To Catch a Predator, you certainly know its host, Chris Hansen. He is an American television journalist and a YouTube personality. His fans consider him a hero since he lures and exposes online sex predators through the show.

Chris Hansen biograpy
Chris Hansen is an American TV journalist and YouTube personality. Photo: @Dakota Wagner
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So, who is Chris Hansen? The article will give more information about his age, children, wife, TV shows, movies, and wealth.

Profile summary

  • Name: Chris Edward Hansen
  • Date of birth: September 13, 1959
  • Chris Hansen age: 62 as of 2021
  • Gender: Male
  • Nationality: American
  • Chris Hansen net worth: $1.5 million
  • Occupation: TV journalist and YouTube personality

Chris Hansen biography

Chris Hansen biography
Chris is popularly known as the host of To Catch A Predator, a reality series used to expose online sex predators. Photo: @truTV
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On September 13, 1950, he was born in Chicago, Illinois, US, and grew up in West Bloomfield Township and then moved to Birmingham, Michigan. He went to Brother Rice High School, a suburban Roman-Catholic all-boys school in Bloomfield Hills, in 1977. Chris Hansen height is 1.88m.

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He then got into Michigan State University where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications in 1981. While on campus, he was lucky enough to work with the school's radio station as a news reporter, which helped him in his career.

Chris Hansen spouse

The To Catch a Predator host has maintained his personal life out of the limelight. He is married to his long time girlfriend Mary Joan Hansen. There are two Chris Hansen children; however, there is no information about them.

In June 2018, it was alleged that Mary had filed for divorce, but during May of 2020, she made frequent appearances on Chris Hansen YouTube channel, which meant they were still together. They currently live in Stamford, Connecticut. He also has an apartment in New York.


His passion for journalism began when he was still a young boy at the age of fourteen. This was after Jimmy Hoffa, a labour union leader, was kidnapped from the Red Fox, a restaurant near his home. As the investigations to find Jimmy were ongoing, he used to ride his bike to the crime scene to check how famous reporters covered the story. This coverage inspired him to become a journalist.

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Chris Hansen dateline NBC

Chris Hansen NBC
Chris started his long career at NBC while he was still studying. Photo: @datelinenbc
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Chris Hansen NBC career began when he was still at Michigan State University. Halfway into his senior year, he landed a job at WILX, a TV station owned by NBC, and joined full time after graduation. During this time he also worked for several local radio stations in Michigan. In 1982, he moved to Tampa, Florida, to work for WFLA-TV. In 1988, he went to work for WDIV-TV in Detroit, Michigan, as an investigative reporter.

In May 1993, he joined NBC News as a correspondent for Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric. In 1997, he worked as a correspondent for several segments of Dateline. He covered several stories, including the Oklahoma bombing, the Columbine High School massacre, the 9/11 attacks and exposed arms merchants linked to Osama Bin Laden. He also covered Saddam Hussein's capture, Air France flight hijacking, Jakarta accident, among others.

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Chris Hansen To Catch A Predator

The renowned American journalist also hosted the TCAP, an American TV series, where he partly filmed with a hidden camera to expose potential sex predators. He and his team baited adult men to a sting house by impersonating minors of ages between 13 and 15. The TV show premiered in November 2004 and featured 12 investigations held all across the US.

Chris Hansen memes

Chris Hansen memes
One of the catchphrases he used during the TCAP that has now turned into a viral meme. Photo: @rock107quintesbestrock
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TCAP was cancelled because of legal reasons. However, his famous phrase, "Why don't you have a seat?" has been turned into catchphrases. The phrase has also been shared on social media as a GIF popularly known as the Chris Hansen GIF.

Chris Hansen Cameo

The host has not been left out; he has indulged in parodies of series playing himself on a 2006 episode of 20 Rock. He now recites the catchphrases on Cameo at a fee of $50. The app allows users to solicit a video from celebrities who engage with the platform.

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Chris Hansen movies

The TV star has also made appearances in films including:

  • White Boy (2017)
  • White Boy Rick (2018)
  • A Murder in the Park (2014)
  • Who Killed garret Phillips?
  • Cocaine Cowboys (2006)
  • Abducted in Plain Sight
  • Fyre
  • Icarus


According to Chris Hansen 2020 news, the TCAP host was allegedly charged with harassment by one of his ex-producers. He went on to deny these allegations saying that on the contrary, the producer was the one harassing him.

Chris Hansen has changed the game in journalism around the globe. He is known as a legend in the field and is considered a mentor by many upcoming reporters. We wish him all the best in all his endeavours.

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