Chris Hansen joins 'Crime Watch Daily,' will focus on catching predators in digital world

Posted at 4:13 PM, Aug 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-22 19:13:58-04

Investigative journalist Chris Hansen is joining Crime Watch Daily.

Widely known for his investigations that jailed hundreds of alleged child predators, Hansen is ready for more.

Crime Watch Daily will return for season two in September on ABC15, this time under a new name -- Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen.

Hansen will host the nationally-syndicated show, which airs at 3 p.m. on ABC15, from the streets of New York, while correspondents Matt Doran, Jason Mattera, Ana Garcia, Andrea Isom and Michelle Sigona work from Los Angeles.

The next season of the show will also feature a revamped version of Hansen's original series called Hansen vs. Predator.

In this segment, he'll look into how children are being targeted through digital platforms, like social media, by "predatory teachers, dirty politicians, financial scammers and even celebrities," according to the release.

"The name Chris Hansen is synonymous with crime fighting," said executive producers Scott Eldridge and Jeremy Spiegel, in a prepared statement. "We can't wait to come out of the gate with all-new takedowns as Chris expands his net to other types of predators."

Hansen had been working on a project entitled Hansen vs. Predator, funding it via Kickstarter. In a February 2016 update from "Team Chris Hansen," an investigation they were working was completed and the team was "shopping it to several interested networks."

In the months following, updates were shared about being in negotiations with networks. On August 22, the announcement regarding Crime Watch Daily was revealed.

Hansen also hosts Killer Instinct, an investigative series, on Investigation Discovery.

Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped in 2002 from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, Utah, will also return to the show as a special correspondent, according to the show.

The second season debut marks Hansen's most notable return to television since 2006. To Catch A Predator suffered a black eye that year, when police and SWAT teams, followed by the TV crew, confronted a Texas District Attorney at his home before the man shot himself.

The man's sister sued NBC over his death. The case was settled in 2008, according to