Chris Hansen to host ‘Crime Watch Daily’

Chris Hansen (Crime Watch Daily)

Chris Hansen (Crime Watch Daily)

SAN DIEGO – Veteran crime reporter Chris Hansen will host the national TV show “Crime Watch Daily” as it moves into its second season, officials announced Monday.

The show will be renamed “Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen.”

Hansen is known for his work on his hidden camera series “To Catch a Predator,” which aired on Dateline NBC.  In the show, Hansen helped capture 300 predators, according to a press release from “Crime Watch Daily” creators.

“There isn’t a bigger, more respected name in crime reporting than Chris Hansen. We hunted down Chris the way he hunts down predators to take this job. We are excited to have him lead our amazing team of correspondents, to build on our success and take ‘Crime Watch Daily’ to the next level,” said creator/executive producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey.

According to the release, Hansen will bring the “Predator” series back to television, revamped for “Crime Watch Daily” in a new signatures series called “Hansen vs. Predator.”

In the segments, the release states, Hansen will help stop predators targeting children through different social media platforms. The crime reporter will also go after predatory teachers, dirty politicians, financial scammers and celebrities.

“I am thrilled to join the extraordinary team at ‘Crime Watch Daily,’” says Hansen. “It’s a perfect platform for enterprise reporting. I can’t wait to get started!”

Elizabeth Smart will also return to the show.

In May, Smart joined for an episode as a special correspondent to shed light on recent topics in the news; the conflict between rape investigations and honor code investigations at her alma mater, Brigham Young University.

“Smart will bring her powerful life story and unique point of view to help tell other survivors’ stories and to be and advocate for victims,” the release states.

Smart got national attention when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home at the age of 14 in 2002. She was held captive for nine months.

“Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen” is nationally syndicated on Tribune-owned stations. The second season premieres Sept. 12.