“KidSafe is beyond excited to honor Chris Hansen as KidSafe Foundation’s “Child Advocate of the Year” at our 7th annual gala. Chris has done tremendous work to keep children safe online and in the real world. Years ago we read Chris’s book “To Catch a Predator” and credit him with helping us develop KidSafe’s internet safety curriculum. We are proud to be able to honor him in person, it feels as if we have come full circle.” Said Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA Cofounder & Executive Director of KidSafe Foundation
Chris Hansen is the host of the upcoming Discovery (ID) series Killer Instinct with Chris Hansen. Chris is the creator of Dateline NBC’s To Catch A Predator and was formerly a correspondent for “Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric on NBC News. Chris is currently developing a syndicated program as well as digital content.
Hansen has received numerous awards including eight Emmy’s for investigative reporting, outstanding coverage of a news story and outstanding coverage of breaking news. He has received the Overseas Press club award, an IRE, the National Press Club award and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Award. Hansen has also received awards for excellence in journalism from both the Associated Press and United Press International, and he has won four Edward R. Murrow awards for his news series investigating aviation security and safety as well as his coverage of the Ford/Firestone case. In September 2004, Hansen began his breakthrough investigative reporting on online sexual predators. Twelve dramatic hidden camera investigations have exposed over 250 men who target young teenagers over the Internet. He has received two Emmy Awards for his 2004 report on child sex trafficking in Cambodia for which he went undercover in a dramatic mission to rescue some of the children.
He’s been honored with three Clarion awards for his coverage Indian child slave labor, aviation security and the Unabomber case and a first place medal for an undercover investigation of airport security as well as numerous Headliner awards. Hansen graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.