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Chris Halsne joined the FOX31 Problem Solvers investigative team after spending 14 years as lead investigative reporter for KIRO-TV in Seattle. His in-depth reporting on controversial topics have earned him a National Edward R. Murrow award for Investigative Reporting, several National Press Club Consumer Journalism awards, and numerous regional Murrow and Emmy honors.

Halsne’s specialties include exposing government corruption, cold case crimes, aviation, using computer data to discover new truths and keeping politicians and powerful community leaders honest.

In addition, The Humane Society of the United States has recognized his exposes’ into animal abuse with its highest honor – the national Genesis Award.

Halsne believes strongly in the Society of Professional Journalists principal: Give voice to the voiceless.

After receiving his journalism degree from the University of Kansas, Halsne worked for television stations in Missouri, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma.

Halsne is a documentary filmmaker, an author and a guy who loves sports and the outdoors.

His wife of 27 years grew up in Colorado and has always considered this area her home. They have two grown daughters: The oldest is a Certified Prosthetist-Orthotist pursuing a PhD. The other is an officer in the United States Army.

You can send Chris an email at

Recent Articles
  • Police crackdown on adult skill games arcades

    EVANS, Colo. — At least three Denver-area adult, skill games arcades have been raided by police – shut down for “alleged illegal gambling.” This comes on the heels of an exclusive FOX31 Problem Solvers investigation into whether these kinds of strip-mall quasi-casinos are flaunting loopholes in Colorado statute. Multiple law enforcement sources tell FOX31, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office has taken the lead in a statewide crackdown. Based on witness testimony and visits by the FOX31 investigative team, police showed up […]

  • Man accused of killing fellow inmate released from Denver jail despite ICE detainer

    DENVER —  Prosecutors in Denver have declined to file homicide charges against a teenage jail inmate who allegedly beat another inmate to death on Monday. Now he’s free and wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after the Denver City Jail already released him. Police, prosecutors and jail sources said 19-year-old Ricardo Lopez Vera got into a “mutual combat” fight with 42-year-old William Anderson in or near the shower area in pod H on Monday morning. The Denver Office of […]

  • ‘No bail jail:’ Simple divorce disputes resulting in jail time for some

    DENVER — Colorado couples go through about 22,000 divorces a year, most turning to the courts to settle all sorts of family, custody and financial matters. In the ugliest of situations, one ex-partner can get the other ex-partner locked up. Some local attorneys called it “no bail jail,” simple divorce disputes that result in hard time for clients who break the rules of an agreement. The offending party is often arrested inside the family courtroom under a civil commitment MITT, […]

  • Denver Public Schools sued over ‘family enterprise’ inside school

    DENVER — Denver Public Schools is facing a pair of federal lawsuits for its alleged failure to monitor a principal, her charity-organizer husband and sex-offender son. Two former PUSH Academy employees separately claim, among other things, harassment, hostile work environment and retaliation. A FOX31 Problem Solvers investigation last summer exposed a tangled web of financial dealings and nepotism connecting DPS, the PUSH Academy, a nonprofit Youth Adults for Positive Action and the well-connected Robertson family. All are named in the […]

  • Governor discusses oversight for unsanctioned horse races

    DENVER — After seeing a months-long FOX31 investigation into the dangers of unsanctioned horse racing, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said he’s supportive of some sort of new oversight. “When financial self- interest is involved, people might dope up horses — do things that are unacceptable for almost everyone,” Governor Hickenlooper told FOX31 during a recent on-camera interview. “You want to get all those people together and say how can we make sure these horses are not mistreated for the lowest […]

  • Unsolved death on Amtrak train ‘frustrates’ medical examiner

    DENVER — Denver Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Caruso doesn’t like mysteries. Over a two-year period, he and his staff of forensic pathologists performed 1,257 autopsies and 357 chart reviews. Of those, doctors failed to determine a specific cause of death only 47 times. “We try not to use undetermined very often. It is very unrewarding for the doctors. We don’t like it, but in some cases it’s all we can do,” Caruso said. “We sort of feel like we […]

  • Arapahoe County deputies hired to work at unsanctioned horse races

    DEER TRAIL, Colo. — The FOX31 Problem Solvers first exposed unregulated match races: Doping, gambling and abuse of horses going unchecked by regulators and politicians. Now, it’s been uncovered that Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies not only knew about the horse races, they profited from them. Public records show the organizers of an unsanctioned series of “Mexican Horse Race” events held in Deer Trail hired at least 30 deputies on 14 occasions to provide extra patrols. Residents who live near the rodeo […]

  • Unsanctioned horse racing flourishing in rural Colorado

    DEER TRAIL, Colo. — It’s Easter outside the Deer Trail Rodeo grounds. Armed teams of private security in flak jackets set up a roadblock searching passengers and vehicles. What they are looking for is unclear, but alcohol and beer are allowed to pass. An Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputy drove by slowly on the street outside the stadium but did not stop. By early afternoon, approximately 500 spectators are lined up along metal railings near a long, manicured dirt track. They […]

  • Are they games of skill or gambling in Denver business?

    DENVER — There are no legal casinos in Denver, but inside adult amusement business La Fortuna at 9 S. Federal Blvd., the near constant dinging of slot machines are loud enough to be heard from the parking lot. The colorful windows outside La Fortuna blink with lights and advertise “Best Skill Games in Town,” promising entrants cash winnings. The reported operators said they run games just like the ones at Dave and Buster’s or Chuck E. Cheese’s. But hidden cameras […]

  • Boulder’s repeat false alarm violators exposed

    BOULDER, Colo. — Fining Boulder businesses for repeatedly setting off false security alarms seems to be working to reduce unnecessary police calls. Before March 1, owners of security alarms faced no penalty for falsely summoning police. Only a month into the new program, which fines false alarm violators up to $450, the Boulder Police Department said officers have seen a “dramatic” reduction. Using the Colorado Open Records Act, the FOX31 Problem Solvers identified 40 businesses that over a two-year period created at […]

  • Death on a train: Mother escaping abusive home arrives dead in Denver

    DENVER — Marina Placensia’s family arrived at Denver’s Union Station the morning of Sept. 1 excited to see her, but also admittedly a little nervous. The day before, seven of her relatives said they set in motion a secret, risky plan they hoped would save Placensia’s life. By most accounts, the 28-year-old mother of four had been living for years in a world of domestic violence. Her brother, Christopher Medina, said his sister was “ready to break the cycle” and […]

  • Missing marijuana: Weed disappearing from licensed dispensaries, not all cheaters get caught

    DENVER — The Colorado Department of Revenue Marijuana Enforcement Division collected at least $683,500 in fines from pot shops in 2016. According to records obtained by the FOX31 Problem Solvers, 47 licensed marijuana dispensaries were caught breaking the law. Additionally, dozens more individual shop co-owners and employees either paid fines or lost the ability to work in the industry. One pattern of noncompliance stood out: The much-touted “seed-to-sale” tracking of every marijuana plant has some flaws. To prevent dispensaries from […]