Journalist Chris Hansen is no stranger to crime investigations. Having won eight Emmy awards for investigative reporting, outstanding coverage of a news story and outstanding coverage of breaking news, Hansen’s reports have stirred interest in both national and international issues. But his award-winning, breakthrough investigative reporting involving online sexual predators for DATELINE NBC exposed hundreds of men who targeted young teenagers over the Internet. In Investigation Discovery’s (ID) new six-part series, Hansen goes into the field to take an in-depth look at some of America’s most horrific crimes, talking to people closest to the crimes that have shocked a nation and forever changed lives. Produced for ID by ITN Productions, KILLER INSTINCT WITH CHRIS HANSEN will premiere on ID in 3Q 2015.
“Investigation Discovery is thrilled to bring Chris Hansen’s journalistic expertise and passion for the truth to our viewers,” said Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Discovery Family Channel and Discovery Life Channel. “Chris and our partners at ITN Productions are working hard to produce an investigative newsmagazine that will draw in the viewer and make them feel as if they are right there in the moment – living every jolt and shock as the criminal drama unfolds. That is what Chris does best, and we look forward to what will unfold in KILLER INSTINCT.”
“I am thrilled to be a part of this compelling project. This is reporting the way I like it…in the field, gritty and aggressive,” said Hansen. “We’ll bring viewers with us on our journey of discovery as we explore captivating cases with interviews from those who have never spoken before. I have been a reporter for more than 30 years and this is some of the most fascinating television I have ever helped produce.”
“Human relationships and their fallibility are at the heart of all these stories,” said Ian Russell, Head of International Programmes at ITN Productions. “Chris is an expert at extracting new information and new emotions from the main participants to bring new insight to these infamous cases.”