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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
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    CRESTONE, Colo. — Friends and family of 30-year-old Kristal Anne Reisinger are offering up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for her disappearance. That’s a significant jump in money from the original reward of $1,000 posted a year ago. The FOX31 Problem Solvers first told you about Reisinger last summer. She disappeared under suspicious circumstances shortly after moving from Denver to Crestone – a tiny town in southern Colorado near Great Sand Dunes […]

  • Colorado lawmakers fast-track money for police body armor

    DENVER — Business at the Colorado legislature wrapped up with plenty of across-the-aisle arguing about how to spend tax money on roads and state retirement funds. However, lawmakers appeared to be united behind a request from the Governor’s Office to start allocating more money to police body armor protection. Gov. John Hickenlooper told FOX31, following the shooting deaths of three Colorado peace officers (all of whom were wearing soft body armor vests) within a five-week span earlier this year, he […]

  • Tougher standards for police body armor designed to better protect officers

    DENVER — The National Institute of Justice is moving toward implementing tougher manufacturing standards for police-protective gear. The more stringent proposed testing rules would require most hard body armor (rifle-resistant plates) to prevent “penetration” from typical AK-47 and AR-15 rounds – something not now required. As first reported by FOX31, at least 25 peace officers have been killed with a rifle over a decade while wearing body armor, where the fatal shot penetrated a vest through the torso. None of […]

  • 137 officers have been killed over 10 years while wearing body armor

    DENVER — Why are so many police officers being murdered while wrapped in the protection of body armor? It’s a question that’s been on the minds of Colorado this year after the gunshot deaths of three deputies, in three different departments, over a five-week period. December 31, 2017: Douglas County Deputy, Zackari Parrish III January 24, 2018: Adams County Deputy, Heath McDonald Gumm February 5, 2018: El Paso County Deputy Sheriff, Micah Lee Flick To find answers, the FOX31 Investigative Team […]

  • 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, 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 Games. […]

  • 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 […]