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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 Christopher.Halsne@KDVR.com

Recent Articles
  • Lawyers cash in on mayor’s security-detail harassment suits

    DENVER — Outside law firms billed the city of Denver $182,305.82 to help Mayor Michael Hancock’s office settle a pair of lawsuits filed by members of his security detail. The amount was unknown to taxpayers until Thursday. The costs are in addition to a $200,000 settlement given to former Denver police officer Wayne McDonald in 2016. He sued the city in 2013 after the mayor fired him for allegedly sexually harassing another member of his staff, Leslie Branch-Wise. That figure […]

  • 430 charges filed against trio in alleged illegal gambling operation

    DENVER — The Denver District Attorney’s Office has formally charged three people in connection with an alleged illegal gambling operation. Bargrat Garamov and his wife Tammy, and business associate Eduard Gugulyan face multiple counts each of engaging in professional gambling, fraudulent limited gaming acts, possession of gambling devices, maintaining a gambling premises and shipping/invoicing slot machines. The DA’s office said the three are accused of illegal gaming activities at their businesses, La Fortuna, American Pride Skill Games and El Dorado Skill […]

  • Emails reveal Denver councilman suggested mayor suspend himself over inappropriate texts

    DENVER — Emails were sent to and from members of the Denver City Council involving Mayor Michael Hancock and the inappropriate messages he sent to a former member of his security detail. Internal emails reveal City Councilman Kevin Flynn wrote to Hancock’s staff saying he should consider suspending himself to slow the growing controversy. “I and likely all of my colleagues are hearing from constituents that we need to call for him to resign,” Flynn wrote. Also in the documents, […]

  • Denver hospital waited 6 weeks to warn patients of sterilization fail

    DENVER — A failed system for sterilizing surgical equipment at Centura Health-Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver wasn’t discovered by the hospital itself. The FOX31 Problem Solvers have learned inspectors from the Joint Commission’s Office of Quality and Patient Safety (OQPS) visited Porter six weeks ago and issued “a Preliminary Denial of Accreditation decision.” The Joint Commission is the most important hospital accreditation and rating agency in the country. In a statement to FOX31, the Commission stated: “We conducted an on-site […]

  • Another Cherry Creek elementary school sex assault goes unreported

    AURORA, Colo. — A growing chorus of Cherry Creek Schools parents, upset about the way the district deals with allegations of sexual assault, are calling for change. Many are demanding the district to fire or change leadership. Others are stepping forward with stories of abuse of their kids at school. One of those parents contacted the FOX31 Problem Solvers last week after seeing an investigation that revealed the district has failed to report at least 30 sex assaults to state […]

  • How to access student disciplinary and crime statistics for any school in the state

    DENVER — Colorado law mandates that parents must be able to easily access student disciplinary and crime statistics for any school in the state. That’s not a reality. And once the information is found, the data aren’t always accurate. By analyzing thousands of police calls, at least 30 sex assaults reportedly to have occurred inside the Cherry Creek School District since 2016. None were reported to the Colorado Department of Education, a misstep State Sen. Rhonda Fields said is a […]

  • Cherry Creek School District blasted for underreporting sex assaults

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — In August, the Aurora Police Department received a call about the alleged conduct of a Cherry Creek School District employee. According to a police dispatch call report, the mother of an Overland High School student had discovered texts on her daughter’s phone. She told Denver Social Services. As a “mandatory reporter,” a case worker relayed the information to police. Police documents described the communication. “Teacher at Prairie Middle School … sexually propositioned student.” The text “asked […]

  • Student sex assault cases going unreported by Cherry Creek School District

    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. — Three employees of the Cherry Creek School District were criminally indicted by a grand jury earlier this year for failing to report suspected sexual abuse of a middle school student. Prosecutors say, in 2013, a 14-year-old girl came forward and told her principal, assistant principal, and counselor about a teacher who had been allegedly raping her. Court records also indicate the trio of school leaders not only failed to call police as required by law but […]

  • Lawmakers: Cash-paying slot machines are not games of skill

    DENVER — The Colorado Legislature wants to outlaw cash-paying slot machines at unregulated adult skills game arcades after a FOX31 Problem Solvers undercover investigation last year. Rep. and House Majority Leader KC Becker, D-13th District, said lawmakers already believed the state’s “internet sweepstakes cafe” law prohibited businesses from operating slot machines and other casino-style games without oversight from the Gaming Commission. However, a number of gaming centers have slot machines programmed to pay players who “nudged” winning wheels into the […]

  • Denver rape prosecution rates remain low

    DENVER — Denver’s district attorney is seeing a higher volume of sexual assault cases than her predecessor, but statistics show that hasn’t turned into a higher percentage of prosecutions. Beth McCann’s predecessor, Mitch Morrisey, took a lot of criticism for refusing to charge 70 percent of rape cases, most under a classification labeled internally as “no reasonable likelihood of conviction.” According to a document compiled by McCann’s office, McCann has charged defendants in about 33 percent of rape cases, a […]

  • Smoky Hill High School English teacher accused of sexually assaulting former student

    AURORA, Colo. — The Cherry Creek School District is dealing with another teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student. The Aurora Police Department said detectives have been asking questions about a well-known Smoky Hill High School teacher. Late Tuesday afternoon, the district confirmed 74-year-old English teacher Perry Weissman is on paid administrative leave pending a personnel matter. A police report states on Dec. 11, the principal at Smoky Hill met with detectives after receiving an email from a former student […]

  • Thousands of inmates released on the streets after midnight

    BRIGHTON, Colo. — It’s 1 a.m. The temperature in Brighton is well below freezing and falling fast. Uriah Wilson and about a dozen other inmates, who had been in custody all day inside the Adams County Detention Center, step into the pre-dawn darkness, wondering why jail guards chose this time to let them free. “Two o’clock this afternoon I was supposed to be credited with time served and ready to go. And they waited until after midnight and kick me out? (I […]