Veteran investigative journalist and Killer Instinct‘s Chris Hansen is joining Emmy-nominated syndicated series Crime Watch Daily as host. Now-titled Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen premieres its second season on September 12.

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Known for his investigations on Dateline NBC, where he helped put predators behind bars with his hidden camera series To Catch a Predator, Hansen will bring the franchise back to life in a revamped, new signature series called “Hansen vs. Predator. In the segments, Hansen will help bust a new breed of child predators that can now target children through a myriad of new social media platforms. He will also go after predatory teachers, dirty politicians, financial scammers and even celebrities.

For its second season, Hansen will anchor the series from New York City, while the show maintains its newsroom in Los Angeles. Hansen will lead the show’s team reporters that includes Matt Doran, Jason Mattera, Ana Garcia, Andrea Isom and Michelle Sigona. Returning to the show will be special correspondent Elizabeth Smart, an activist and journalist who came to national attention in 2002 when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home at the age of 14.

Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen is nationally syndicated on Tribune-owned stations in 30 markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The show is also cleared on additional stations representing 99% of the country. Affiliate news stations will continue to serve as an “extended newsrooms,” sharing local resources and reporters to cover the stories in local markets all over the country.

Hansen has won eight Emmy Awards for investigative reporting, outstanding coverage of a news story and outstanding coverage of breaking news. Hansen also hosts the Investigation Discovery (ID) series Killer Instinct, now entering its second season.

Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen is produced by Telepictures Productions and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, Jeremy Spiegel and Scott Eldridge serve as executive producers.