FILE – In this Oct. 24, 2008 file photo, NBC News reporter Chris Hansen attends [auth] the Friars Club Roast of “Today” show host Matt Lauer in New York. Hansen, who is best known for his “Dateline NBC” reports confronting would-be child predators, is leaving the network. NBC on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, confirmed a TV Guide story saying Hansen is leaving after 20 years. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
NEW YORK (AP) — An NBC News reporter best known for his “Dateline NBC” reports featuring him confronting would-be child sex predators is leaving the network.
Chris Hansen stepped from the shadows in the long-running “To Catch a Predator” series to confront men lured to houses thinking they were about to meet minors they had contacted online for sex. NBC on Monday confirmed a TV Guide story saying Hansen is leaving after 20 years.
Hansen says through NBC he’s looking forward to pursuing new opportunities on air and as a producer. He says new projects will be announced in the next few months.