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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
  • Outrage over casinos prosecuting gamblers who use small abandoned slot credits

    BLACK HAWK, Colo. — Seventy-six cents. That’s how much a Denver man said he was convicted of “stealing” from a Colorado casino after he innocently played that small credit abandoned on a slot machine. On Wednesday, the FOX31 Problem Solvers exposed how casinos in Black Hawk, Central City and Cripple Creek are helping prosecute hundreds of customers a year under a little-known statute: Fraud — Take Money not Won. Since then, similar stories of casinos and prosecutors making criminals out […]

  • Colorado casino customers prosecuted for playing abandoned slot credits

    BLACK HAWK, Colo. — Casinos in Colorado have been quietly helping prosecute hundreds of everyday gamblers under a little-known law. Court records show in the past five years, 728 casino customers in Black Hawk and Central City, and 202 more mostly slot machine players in the Cripple Creek area, have been cited or arrested under Colorado Statute 12-47.1-823(1)(c). Their indiscretions range from innocently playing abandoned slot credits left on machines by other customers, cashing in credit vouchers found on the […]

  • Cheaters and dopers caught at Arapahoe Park horse track despite state regulations

    AURORA, Colo. — After an exclusive FOX31 Problem Solvers investigation this past year into illegal gambling, animal abuse and drugging of horses at unregulated “match races” throughout Colorado, viewers repeatedly asked to look behind the scenes into the only licensed horse track in this state, Mile High Racing at Arapahoe Park. It’s hard to imagine trainers thinking they can shoot a horse up with painkillers, attempt to fix a match or enter a jockey high on methamphetamine. But according to state […]

  • ‘Cyanide bombs’ in Colorado: Government agrees to stop using devices investigated by FOX31 Problem Solvers

    DENVER — An acting U.S. Attorney in Colorado on Monday signed off on a stay that orders Colorado Wildlife Services in Lakewood, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to halt the use of poison-ejecting devices M-44s. A judge ruled so-called “cyanide bombs” can no longer be used on public lands in Colorado to control predator coyotes until the federal government studies the environmental impacts of the sodium cyanide they launch when triggered. The FOX31 Problem Solvers first showed […]

  • Denver high school coach collected fees for players’ college recruiting exposure

    DENVER — The deal pitched by Denver South High School baseball coach Paul Grubesic to some families of his players was relatively simple: For a fee, a company called Athletes for College would help the high school players get noticed by college coaches. Such attention, Grabesic wrote in his sales presentation, was a “can’t lose offer … if you are serious about getting your athletes to the next level.” But an extensive FOX31 Problem Solvers investigation discovered Grubesic wasn’t fully […]

  • Cyanide bombs update: Feds negotiating a ban

    DENVER — There has been a significant development regarding the federal program that uses poison traps to kill coyotes. Thursday night the FOX31 Problem Solvers first told you about the dangers of “accidental discharges” of cyanide bombs. We profiled the case of a teenager who was injured, and his pet dog killed, after federal wildlife agents planted M-44 “coyote getters” in a field near a house in Pocatello, Idaho. Now, FOX31 has confirmed the government is leaning toward banning the […]

  • Cyanide bombs: Federal agents in Colorado set coyote traps despite accidents

    DENVER — Critics call them cyanide bombs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture calls them M-44s. No matter the name, they are controversial, indiscriminate killing-devices, aimed at wiping out predator coyotes. The M-44 is a spring-loaded mechanism that, once set vertically into the ground, looks like a thumb-sized, metal sprinkler head. Federally authorized agents bait the devices with rotten meat or other canine attractants. When any animal nudges it, sodium cyanide powder is shot up to 5 feet into the air. […]

  • Denver vice raids adult arcade, claims illegal gaming

    DENVER — Two popular adult “skills game” centers were raided Wednesday by the Denver vice unit. Earlier this year, a FOX31 Problem Solvers investigation grabbed the attention of officials. On Wednesday afternoon, the Denver Police Department served two search warrants, seizing property it believes is related to unlicensed gambling or gaming. It’s part of a larger statewide crackdown after an undercover sting found large amounts of cash being handed out to winners. The Denver vice squad blocked the alley behind […]

  • Detectives still working case 1 year after woman’s death on Denver-bound train

    DENVER — 28-year-old mother of four, Marina Placensia, died on a passenger train somewhere between Chicago and Denver. Now one year after police discovered her battered, broken, and bruised body inside an Amtrak car, Placensia’s death is still officially listed as “undetermined.” “We lost an amazing person,” her brother Christopher Medina told FOX31 during a family memorial on the anniversary of Placensia’s passing. “We still have no answers. My sister is still, her autopsy is labeled undetermined. Still to this […]

  • County shirks responsibility for fatal horse race

    EADS, Colo. — Earlier this month, 22-year-old jockey Jesus Munoz was thrown from his horse during a promoted event at the Kiowa County Fair. The next week, he died from the traumatic head injuries incurred during the race. This week, the FOX31 Problem Solvers discovered Kiowa County Commissioners have insurance for accidents at the fairgrounds, but all indications are, they are not going to let the jockey’s family utilize it. Our investigation found Munoz had already guided three horses to wins […]

  • Cheer coach under investigation claims to be Olympic athlete — but he’s not

    DENVER — The East High School cheer coach who is under criminal investigation for allegedly physically forcing teenage athletes into painful forced splits also runs nonprofit youth development program Mile High Tumblers Foundation. Video show 28-year-old Ozell Williams is a talented tumbler, and shows him flipping across the University of Colorado football field in 2009 as part of the cheer squad. But the FOX31 Problem Solvers found Williams has been inflating his resume. According to the Tumblers website, Williams’ biography claims, […]

  • Denver jail hires much needed help

    DENVER — Denver has taken a small step toward reducing the shortage of jail guard deputies. Eighteen new Sheriff`s Department employees were sworn into their jobs at a graduation ceremony in front of family and friends Friday. The event was an opportunity for FOX31 to speak in person with Sheriff Patrick Firman about a series of recent, critical headlines which include excessive use of overtime for deputies working at local jails. The FOX31 Problem Solvers previously reported overtime for “uniformed” […]