Dateline Predator Catcher Chris Hansen Hangs with SUNY Purchase Journalists

Dateline's Chris Hansen with our Journalism 1 class.

Dateline’s Chris Hansen with our Journalism 1 class.

There’s nothing like a bit of star power to add some zing to a field trip. So when Chris Hansen emerged into the corridors of Dateline’s offices to press the flesh of some very excited SUNY Purchase Journalism 1 students yesterday, I knew the field trip had just gone from great to fantastic.

I had to smile when someone called out,”Thanks for catching all those predators, Chris.” (Was that you, Corinne?) Hansen, a Dateline correspondent, known for the hugely popular series “To Catch A Predator” was extremely charming and spent some time talking to the students about journalism and his job. He gamely posed for endless photographs, which really seemed to be the highlight of the trip.


There were some other highlights. We toured some of the NBC sets: Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Dr. Oz Show. We also took turns pretending to be Lester Holt seated at the anchor’s chair in the studio.

The whole outing was put together by my pal, Allison Orr, who’s a senior producer at Dateline. She gave the group the scoop on NBC’s prestigious Page program as well as an explanation of her job and what it takes to get there. And she handed me the card of their internship co-ordinator.

We gave Allison a Purchase “Think Wide Open” T-shirt as a modest token of our undying gratitude to her. We also have intern Chloe Nouvelle to thank for shepherding us around for the two hours we were there.

We finally emerged from NBC into the crazy tourist-tree-skating rink scene right on the doorstep of the NBC studios at 30 Rockefeller Center and skedaddled on over to Pronto Pizza for some slices and sodas courtesy of a Student Engagement Grant from Purchase College.

The intrepid field trippers were Pete Dowd, Hannah Ednie, Cassandra Coppola, Lindsay Wilson, Tanira Wiggins, David Reyes, Corinne Santiago, Angela Jordan, Tanya Thompson, Jessie Pauli and Johanna Waldron.

Thanks to Corinne for the use of some of her photos in this post.

Check out some of the other trips I’ve done with my classes here.


Filed under In the News

12 responses to “Dateline Predator Catcher Chris Hansen Hangs with SUNY Purchase Journalists

  1. Andrew Salomon

    What a great trip!


    I had a blast on this trip. It was just as informative as it was inspiring to a Journalism student needing a little direction. I had never thought about possibly working in television until now. Thanks again!

  3. Corinne Santiago

    It was indeed me who thanked him for catching the predators. Haha! What an awesome guy and an awesome day!

  4. Johanna Waldron

    This trip was so awesome! Totally worth it and a great way to learn more about Journalism. I suggest that this trip should happen more often!

  5. Lindsay Wilson

    This was an exciting and educational trip. We met Chris Hansen, enough said!

  6. Jessie Lee Pauli

    Seriously the best field trip ever. Meeting Chris Hansen was like reliving my childhood. Then sitting in the anchor chair was like seeing my future 15 years from now (I could only hope). I’m so happy Tara George was able to take us. It was a great experience and made me even more motivated to pursue my broadcast dreams!

  7. Tanira Wiggins

    I had so much fun. It was great to get out of the classroom and to see hands on what goes on behind the scenes of shows and broadcasting news. Thanks Prof.George

  8. Tanya Thomspon

    I had a great time touring NBC!! We got to walk into the Saturday Night Live studio!! We also saw the sets of popular news shows.
    What was also great was that we met top NBC execs and Chris Hanson and got a chance to ask them how they became successful in the news business. Definitely an invaluable experience. Thanks Prof. George!!!!!!!!! Thanks Chris Hanson!!!!!!

  9. Hannah Ednie

    It was a really good experience for everyone. I liked learning about the path people took to get from college to NBC producers. Also seeing the SNL, Dr. Oz, and Jimmy Fallon sets was awesome. It’s something I wouldn’t have been able to if I hadn’t gone on the field trip…Thanks Prof. George!

  10. Cory Passet

    This…. this is just not fair. My j1 class didn’t meet Chris Hansen.

  11. Angela Jordan

    Meeting Chris Hansen was so cool!

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