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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
  • Victim’s name matches tattoo on accused pedophile

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. — New documents show a Jefferson County group home leader, arrested for molesting at-risk youths under his supervision, had tattoos inked into his arm with the name or names of at least one of his alleged victims. Affidavits show 55-year-old William Wayne Sexton sits in jail facing at least 10 felony counts of sexual assault, including charges related to sexual assault by a person in a position of trust with children under the age of 15. When Sexton […]

  • Police: At-risk youth supervisor abused boys

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A live-in group home leader and caregiver for Jefferson County at-risk youth has been charged with multiple counts of sex assault. Court records show 55-year-old William Wayne Sexton remains in jail facing a minimum 10 felony charges related to child rape:  sex assault on children in a position of trust, sex assault, and contributing to delinquency of minors. A pair of arrest affidavits, obtained exclusively by the FOX31 Problem Solvers, show two alleged victims have stepped forward […]

  • District attorney acquits school sex offender after jury votes guilty

    DENVER — On Jan. 18, 2017, only about a week into her new job as Denver District Attorney, Beth McCann had her office file an “unusual” request in district court. The document was called a “people’s statement conceding reversal of conviction.” It essentially told the court system that the DA’s office had changed its mind after winning a conviction during a jury trial the prior year. In fact, McCann’s office wrote that it completely agreed with the convicted criminal’s defense […]

  • Congressman calls 176-yard VA staff shuttle service ‘wasteful’

    DENVER — A FOX31 investigation into the cost of driving VA hospital employees about one block every working day for five years has gotten the attention of a congressional leader. By using surveillance, financial documents and witness accounts, the Veterans Administration was found to have spent at least $750,000 shuttling staff between two doors on the same medical campus. That’s a conservative figure because records concerning the cost of gas, maintenance of buses and some extra driver/staff time have not […]

  • Special buses drove Aurora VA staff 176 yards for 5 years

    DENVER — Over budget by nearly $1 billion, the cost of the recently opened Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora are, by now, well known. However, the FOX31 Problem Solvers keep discovering ways the VA has used tax dollars in ways that don’t seem to make much sense. The Problem Solvers’ latest discovery is a nearly five-year program which provided a fleet of employee-only shuttle buses to drive staff between the North and South doors of the […]

  • Deputy Micah Flick’s controversial autopsy released

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Six months after a gun battle took the life of El Paso County Deputy Micah Flick the coroner has officially released the cause of death. Clearly stated with one word: homicide. The medical examiner concluded a single bullet entered flick’s heart through his upper chest. Gunpowder residue reports show the bullet was fired at “close range” and in an area not typically protected by a soft body armor ballistics vest. A second autopsy related to Flick’s […]

  • Immigration agent caught on camera disparaging protesters?

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Violent criminals who can’t read. Is that what ICE agents really think of those who protest against that agency’s family separation practices? FOX31 Problem Solvers reported from a protest on August 2 outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement center in Centennial. Eight people were reportedly arrested for trespassing or blocking the entrance to the ICE facility. Afterward, the FOX31 investigative team requested and started collecting police body camera footage from that day. We were surprised by the […]

  • Popular ‘Up and Vanished’ podcast features missing Colorado mom

    CRESTONE, Colo. — Over the past year, the FOX31 Problem Solvers have been investigating the mysterious disappearance of 29-year-old Kristal Anne Reisinger. She moved from Denver to Crestone to learn more about the region’s well-known spiritual centers. About July 13, 2016, she was last seen attending a local “drum circle ceremony.” Reisinger has not contacted her young daughter, friends,or family since then. The Saguache County Sheriff’s Office believes foul play is involved and detectives continue to work on active leads. […]

  • SeaQuest stores 80 parakeets in teenager’s garage; state investigating

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — FOX31 cameras rolled this week as dozens of parakeets, purged from a closed wildlife animal exhibit, changed hands in a parking lot across the street from the Southwest Plaza mall. It’s causing even more trouble for the already troubled SeaQuest-Littleton. FOX31 first reported two weeks ago that inspectors from the Colorado Department of Agriculture ordered SeaQuest to shut down its interactive aviary. According to public records, that demand came after inspectors found repeat violations which were […]

  • SeaQuest denies refunds, angry customers say

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Some families, who bought passes to an interactive wildlife exhibit at Southwest Plaza mall, are demanding their money back to no avail. According to several prior customers who contacted FOX31, SeaQuest Aquariums isn`t offering refunds for annual memberships despite that organization being under an “open investigation” by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Records show state animal-welfare inspectors failed SeaQuest’s aviary exhibit three times in a row, which ultimately led to a cease and desist order. SeaQuest […]

  • SeaQuest pays fines after keeping sloth, capybara in a home basement

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — The FOX31 Problem Solvers have uncovered more troubles at a controversial wildlife exhibit operating inside Southwest Plaza Mall near Littleton. This time, the violations are related to mammals. We’ve been investigating animal welfare concerns at SeaQuest for weeks; mostly focused on serious safety issues inside its interactive bird cage. State inspectors found the situation so “unsustainable” they issued a cease and desist order for that exhibit on Monday. Now, FOX31 has discovered SeaQuest also recently paid […]

  • Handicap doors missing, broken at new VA hospital

    AURORA, Colo. — The new Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora will end up costing nearly $2 billion. The FOX31 Problem Solvers spent time over the summer documenting entry and exit points, wondering if the VA would create Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant doorways. At least two outside access doors are without electronic push buttons that automatically open the entryway. Inside, additional doors had automatic mechanisms installed, but the devices didn’t work. The most problematic, persistence barrier leads to the VA’s Psychosocial […]