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Badi Uzzaman, Indian-born British actor, died from chest infection he was , 72

Mohammed Badi Uzzaman Azmi), better known as Badi Uzzaman and also known as BadiUzzaman, was an Indian-born British television and film actor died from chest infection  he was , 72. According to The Guardian, Uzzaman was perhaps best known for his role as a hospital patient in the 1985 television series, The Singing Detective, opposite actor Michael Gambon. He later appeared in numerous television roles during his career, often as a supporting character, including Torchwood, Inspector Morse, Coronation Street, Cracker, The Bill and Casualty.

(8 March 1939 – 14 June 2011

Uzzaman was born on March 8, 1939, in Phulpur, Azamgarh, British India.[1] His father worked for the railroad industry, so he moved to the city of Abbottabad in present-day Pakistan.[1] He continued to move with his family depending on his father’s job transfers, which included time in both Quetta and Lahore.[1] Uzzaman graduated from Government College, Abbottabad, in 1959, where he studied English and Urdu.[1][2]
Uzzaman began his career as a radio presenter in Pakistan. He switched to acting, appearing in roles of Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) following the state-owned channel’s launch in 1964.[1]
In 1984, Uzzaman was cast in Malia, a Pakistani film about a traveling fair with a strong, underlying theme against the martial law imposed by the government of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.[1][2] In the film, Uzzaman played five different characters.[3] The film was sharply rebuked by Zia’s government,[1][2] and had to be completed in London.[3] Uzzaman left Pakistan and was granted political asylum in the United Kingdom soon after Malia’s release.[1][2] He became a British citizen.[1][2]
At the age of 72, Uzzaman died of a lung infection on 14 June 2011.[1][2]


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Betty Neumar, American murder suspect died she was , 79

Betty Neumar was an American woman charged with arranging the murder of her fourth husband, Harold Gentry, who died in 1986. Al Gentry, brother of Neumar’s fourth husband Harold, had urged police to investigate his death for 22 years, prior to her arrest in 2007. Following this arrest, and learning of the fact that Neumar had had five husbands in total who had all died, the case generated much media interest in the United States, who dubbed Neumar the ‘Black Widow‘  died she was , 79. On June 13, 2011 Betty Neumar died in a Louisiana hospital of an undisclosed illness.

(November 1931 – June 13, 2011)


Betty Johnson was born in November 1931 in Ironton, Ohio to Odis and Elizabeth Walden Johnson. She graduated from South Point High School in 1949.[3]
She was married five times:

  1. Clarence Malone (1950–1952) remarried twice after the couple split and died November 27, 1970 in Medina, Ohio;[4]
  2. James Flynn (? – 1955) was shot dead on a pier in New York in 1955;
  3. Richard Sills (? –1965) died from an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound sustained during an argument the couple was having in a closed room in their Big Coppitt Key, Florida home;
  4. Thomas Harold Gentry (1968–1986) was found dead in the couple’s Norwood, North Carolina home, shot multiple times;[5] and
  5. John Neumar (1991–2007) was found dead from apparent natural causes.

Mr. Neumar’s cause of death was listed as sepsis, ischemic bowel, and ileussymptoms that could point to death by arsenic poisoning. Additional reasons his death were considered suspicious came from Neumar’s son, John Neumar, Jr., who told authorities he was not informed of the death until reading about it in a newspaper. When he contacted the widow about his father, he was told that he had already been cremated despite having previously bought a burial plot.[6]


In May 2008 Neumar was charged with hiring a hit man to kill her husband.[7]
Investigators are taking a closer look at the deaths of her other husbands, three of whom had been shot dead.[8]
Neumar was extradited to Albemarle, North Carolina in June 2008, a month after her arrest. She was charged with the murder of her fourth husband, Harold Gentry, by North Carolina officials after receiving a tip pointing to her involvement.[9] The indictment alleges that Neumar “sought out a former police officer and her neighbor to kill her husband in the months before his death”, with the motive allegedly being his $20,000 life insurance policy.[10]
To date (July 16, 2008), the deaths of four of her five dead husbands are being reinvestigated, as well as the death of her first child, Gary Flynn, whose 1985 death was ruled as suicide.[11]
Neumar was released in October 2008 on a $300,000 bail bond.[12]
Charged with three counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder, as of May 2009 Neumar remained free on bond while she waited for the trial.[13] Investigators had the ashes of her fifth husband John Neumar seized, and analysed for traces of arsenic. The results were negative.[10] As of November 2009, no trial date had been set.[10]

BBC documentary

The case of Betty Neumar was the subject of a BBC television documentary, Black Widow Granny?, first aired on BBC One on 3 November 2009.[1] The film featured interviews with friends and relatives, as well as an interview with Neumar, who had otherwise avoided the media.[10]


On June 13, 2011 Betty Neumar died in a Louisiana hospital of an undisclosed illness. Police stated that they would look into her death


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Geoffrey Fisken, New Zealand World War II flying ace died he was , 95

Geoffrey Bryson Fisken, DFC), was a New Zealand fighter pilot who was the British Commonwealth’s leading air ace in the Pacific theatre of World War II died he was , 95. He is credited with shooting down 11 Japanese aircraft.

(17 February 1916 – 12 June 2011)

Early life

Fisken was born in Gisborne,[2] He was the son of a farmer, and entered that profession himself, farming sheep at Masterton. Fisken learnt to fly privately during the 1930s, taking lessons in a DH60 Gypsy Moth.[3]

Military career

In September 1939, at the outbreak of World War II Fisken volunteered for the Royal New Zealand Air Force, but was initially barred from enlisting. At the time in New Zealand farming was considered to be a reserved occupation as it was considered vital for the war effort, and as such it was not until early 1940 that Fisken was able to enlist, after convincing his employer to release him for service.[2] Following this Fisken was accepted as a pilot and undertook training at Bell Block in New Plymouth and also at Ohakea, before graduating as a Sergeant Pilot in 1941.[2]

Singapore and Malaya

In February 1941, Fisken was posted to Singapore to join No. 205 Squadron RAF which was flying Short Singapore flying boats at the time. When he arrived, however, he discovered that these machines were being transferred to No. 5 Squadron RNZAF, so Fisken was instead sent to complete a fighter conversion course on Royal Australian Air Force CAC Wirraways, and Brewster Buffaloes.[2] Upon completion of this course, he was posted to No. 67 Squadron RAF, which was primarily made up of New Zealanders at the time and was in the process of forming at Kallang along with No. 243 Squadron RAF.[2]
The all-metal monoplane Buffaloes that equipped these squadrons were an advance on the biplanes that Fisken was used to, as well as the Wirraways he’d flown during his fighter training. However, the stubby Buffalo has acquired a mixed reputation as a fighter.[citation needed] Successful in Finnish hands against the Soviets during the Winter War, nevertheless it was placed on second-line duties by the Royal Air Force, who found the aircraft that arrived in Singapore had multiple faults, including secondhand poorly-conditioned engines, design flaws in the undercarriage, unserviceable weapons and unserviceable oxygen. As increasing numbers of aircraft arrived at the end of 1941, local modifications were hurriedly contrived to make them more battle ready.
In October 1941, as fears of Japanese aggression increased, No. 67 Squadron moved to Mingaladon, Burma, but Fisken was posted back to Kallang to join No. 243 Squadron.[2]
The Japanese attacked Allied territories in Asia and the Pacific on 8 December 1941. Initially, No. 243 Squadron concentrated on the unsuccessful defence of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse. Fisken was flying one of two Buffaloes to arrive at the sinkings first, describing the scene as “a grey metal bow sticking out of the sea, surrounded by an oil slick and many bodies.”[4] As the Japanese advanced down the Malay Peninsula, Singapore came under an increasing number of bombing raids, and 243 Squadron was tasked with defending the city.
On 16 December, Fisken claimed a victory over a Zero. A fortnight later, on 29 December, he claimed two unidentified Japanese bombers.[2] On 12 January 1942, Fisken claimed a Ki-27.[3] He claimed a Mitsubishi Zero two days later on 14 January,[2] being lucky to land after being caught in the explosion of the Japanese plane.[nb 1] On 17 January, he shot down, or assisted in the destruction of, three Mitsubishi G3M bombers, and four days later brought down another fighter.[2]
By this time, 243 Squadron had lost the majority of its pilots and virtually all its aircraft. As a result it was merged with the Australian No. 453 Squadron RAAF, which continued to operate, along with No. 488 Squadron RNZAF.[2] Fisken claimed another fighter on 1 February.[3] Five days later, he was “bounced” by two Japanese fighters.[5] He nevertheless shot one down, but only narrowly escaped the other, being injured in the arm and leg by a cannon shell before the dogfight ended.[3] He was evacuated to New Zealand shortly before Singapore fell.[2]

No. 14 Squadron RNZAF

In late March the RNZAF formed the surviving pilots from No. 243 and 488 Squadrons into No. 14 Squadron RNZAF at Ohakea.[2] Employed in the home defence role, they were initially equipped with Harvards, while awaiting delivery of Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawks.[2]
As a result of his performance in Singapore, Fisken received a commission and was promoted to the rank of pilot officer. In April 1943, he joined No. 14 Squadron at Wigram.[2] Later the squadron was posted to the New Hebrides where they were based at Espiritu Santo, before moving to the front line at Guadalcanal on 11 June 1943.[2] The following day Fisken destroyed two more Zeroes. On 4 July, flying the colourful P-40 “Wairarapa Wildcat” he had his last victories, destroying a further two Zekes and a Mitsubishi G4M.[2] “Wairarapa Wildcat” also had success in the hands of other pilots. NZ3072 was scrapped after the war, but NZ3009 was restored and painted to represent NZ3072 “Wairarapa Wildcat”.
In September 1943 Fisken was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.[2] However, he found himself increasingly troubled by the injuries he had received in Singapore, and was medically discharged from the RNZAF in December 1943.[2][5]
Although his last victories in the Solomons were clearly documented, the number of his confirmed victories (as against probables) over Singapore has been contested, giving rise to totals of between 10 and 13 in different texts. Nevertheless, he is believed to be the highest scoring British Commonwealth ace in the Pacific theatre.[2][3][5]

Later life

Following his discharge from the RNZAF, Fisken returned to farming.[5]
He passed away on 12 June 2011 at Lara Lodge in Rotorua where he had lived for 31 years. His wife Rhoda predeceased him by 14 years. They had six children, five boys and a girl.[6]
In 2005, Geoff Fisken and “Wairarapa Wildcat” were reunited at a Masterton airshow.


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Carl Gardner, American singer (The Coasters) died he was , 83.

Carl Edward Gardner was an American singer, best known as the foremost member and founder of The Coasters. Known for the 1958 song “Yakety Yak“, which spent a week as number one on the Hot 100 pop list, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 died he was , 83..

(April 29, 1928 – June 12, 2011)

Life and career

Gardner was born in Tyler, Texas, to Rebecca and Robert Gardner.[1] As a singer, his first major career success came with The Robins, a rhythm and blues group which had a big hit in the early 1950s, “Smokey Joe’s Café”.[1]
After leaving that group, Gardner formed the Coasters with Bobby Nunn in 1955, at the behest of the songwriting/producing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. The Coasters went on to produce several enduring classics of 1950s rock and roll music including “Yakety Yak“, “Charlie Brown“, and “Poison Ivy“.[1]
Together with the other members of the Coasters – Cornell Gunter, Billy Guy and Will “Dub” Jones – Gardner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.[2]
Gardner’s son, Carl Jr., officially joined The Coasters in late 2005, after Gardner semi-retired, although Carl Jr. had been touring with them since at least 1998.
Carl Gardner, Sr. died on June 12, 2011, after suffering with congestive heart failure and vascular dementia (according to the Coasters website).[3] His son Carl, Jr., having taken over as lead singer, carries on with the group.


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John Hospers, American philosopher, first Libertarian Party presidential candidate (1972) died he was , 93.

John Hospers was an American philosopher died he was , 93.  In 1972 he was the first presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party, and the only minor party candidate to receive an electoral vote in the 1972 U.S. Presidential election.

(June 9, 1918 – June 12, 2011)

Education and career

Born in Pella, Iowa, Hospers graduated from Central College. Hospers earned advanced degrees from the University of Iowa and Columbia University. He conducted research, wrote, and taught in areas of philosophy, including aesthetics and ethics. He taught philosophy at Brooklyn College and at the University of Southern California (USC) Department of Philosophy, where for many years he was chairman of the philosophy department.[3]
Hospers was professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Southern California.
In 2002, an hour-long video about Hospers’ life, work, and philosophy was released by the Liberty Fund of Indianapolis, as part of its Classics of Liberty series.[4]


Hospers’ books include: Meaning and Truth in the Arts (1946), Introductory Readings in Aesthetics (1969), Artistic Expression (1971), Law and the Market (1985), Introduction to Philosophical Analysis (now in the 4th edition, 1996), Human Conduct (now in its 3rd edition, 1995), Understanding the Arts (1982), and Libertarianism – A Political Philosophy for Tomorrow (1971). He was editor of three anthologies, and contributed to books edited by others. He authored about 150 articles in various scholarly and popular journals.
Hospers was editor of The Personalist (1968–1982) and The Monist (1982–1992), and was a senior editor at Liberty magazine.[5]

Friendship with Ayn Rand

During the period he taught philosophy at Brooklyn College, Hospers was much interested in Objectivism. He appeared on radio shows with Ayn Rand, and devoted considerable attention to her ideas in his ethics textbook Human Conduct.[6]
According to Rand’s biographer, Barbara Branden, Hospers met Rand when she addressed the student body at Brooklyn College. They became friends, and had lengthy philosophical conversations. Rand’s discussions with Hospers contributed to her decision to write nonfiction. Hospers read Atlas Shrugged, which he considered an aesthetic triumph. Hospers also became convinced of the validity of Rand’s moral and political views, but disagreed with her about issues of epistemology, the subject of their extensive correspondence.[7] Rand broke with Hospers after he criticized her talk on “Art as Sense of Life,” before the American Society of Aesthetics at Harvard.[8]


In the 1972 U.S. Presidential election, John Hospers and Tonie Nathan were the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, respectively, of the Libertarian Party. The Libertarian Party was poorly organized, and Hospers and Nathan managed to get on the ballot in only two states[9] (Washington and Colorado), receiving 8715 popular votes.[10] They received one electoral vote from faithless elector Roger MacBride, a Republican from Virginia, resulting in Nathan becoming the first woman to have received an electoral vote in a United States presidential election.[9]

[edit] Electoral history

United States presidential election, 1972


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Laura Ziskin, American film producer (Pretty Woman, Spider-Man, What About Bob?), died from breast cancer she was , 61.

Laura Ellen Ziskin was an American film producer  died from breast cancer she was , 61. In 1990, Ziskin was the sole executive producer of the hit comedy Pretty Woman. Ziskin became the first woman to produce the Academy Awards telecast alone, producing the 74th Academy Awards in 2002 and the 79th Academy Awards in 2007.

(March 3, 1950 – June 12, 2011)

Life and career

Ziskin was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, California, the daughter of Elaine Edelman, and Jay Ziskin.[3] Jay was a psychologist and lawyer who died of prostate cancer aged 77 on June 14, 1997.[4] Her family was Jewish.[5] After graduating from the University of Southern California USC School of Cinematic Arts in 1973,[3] Ziskin started out writing for game shows, then became the personal assistant of Jon Peters. Ziskin quickly became a development executive, moving into feature films with Jon Peters’ production company where she worked on the 1976 remake of A Star Is Born, starring Barbra Streisand. When she was about 27, Ziskin married writer Julian Barry, relocating to Connecticut to help him raise his three children from a previous marriage. The two later had a daughter, Julia Barry.[3][6] In 1978, she was the associate producer of The Eyes of Laura Mars. Ziskin was married to Alvin Sargent from 2010 until her death.[3]

Fogwood Films and as an independent producer

Ziskin formed Fogwood Films with partner Sally Field in 1984, and produced Murphy’s Romance. As an independent producer, Ziskin cast the relatively unknown actors Kevin Costner and Sean Young with veteran Gene Hackman and produced the hit thriller No Way Out for Orion Pictures. In 1988, Ziskin and partner Ian Sander produced two films featuring Dennis Quaid, the remake of D.O.A. and Taylor Hackford‘s Everybody’s All-American.

Touchstone Pictures

Ziskin’s success came with the hit comedy Pretty Woman in 1990, starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, that Ziskin executive produced for Touchstone Pictures. The following year was a let-down for Ziskin and Touchstone alike, with What About Bob? and The Doctor both failing at the box office. A switch to Columbia resulted in Stephen FrearsHero in 1992, a loose remake of 1941’s Meet John Doe, for which Ziskin both produced and supplied the story. Ziskin directed her first short film in 1994, Oh, What a Day! 1914 and produced the Nicole Kidman tour-de-force To Die For in 1995, under the banner of Laura Ziskin Productions.

Fox 2000

By the time that last film was in release, Ziskin had been appointed president of Fox 2000, one of several off-shoots 20th Century Fox developed to speed up their production and distribution. Since the formation of Fox 2000, Ziskin rounded up an impressive number of directors and writers. Among those released were Edward Zwick‘s Gulf War drama Courage Under Fire and the romantic comedy One Fine Day and Pat O’Connor’s Inventing the Abbotts and the big-budget disaster film Volcano. Ziskin and Tom Rothman helped develop the script for The English Patient before studio head Bill Mechanic returned the rights to director Anthony Minghella, who then got it produced and distributed through Miramax.[7]
Ziskin executive produced As Good as It Gets in 1997. The film received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and three acting nods, and its stars, Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, took home the leading role Oscars in the acting categories.

Columbia Pictures

After nearly five years on the job, Ziskin resigned from Fox 2000 in November 1999 and within a month had a production deal at Columbia Pictures. After being tapped to serve as the first solo female producer of an Academy Awards telecast in 2002, Ziskin returned to the big screen with the highly anticipated feature version of Spider-Man. The film was released on May 3, 2002 to good reviews from critics, went on to break box office records, and became the highest grossing film of 2002. The success of the film led to two sequels, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. In 2002, Ziskin was also awarded the Crystal Award by Women in Film for her efforts at expanding the role of women in the entertainment industry.[8]

Breast cancer activism

In February 2004, Ziskin was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, a disease doctors had repeatedly missed previously because of the diffuse type of cancer she had.[9]
On May 28, 2008, Ziskin, along with Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the Noreen Fraser Foundation and Ellen Ziffren, announced the creation of Stand Up To Cancer. SU2C is an initiative intended to enable cutting-edge research targeting all types of cancer, including breast cancer, prostate cancer, skin cancer, brain cancer, colon cancer, cervical cancer, etc.
Ziskin died of breast cancer at her home in Santa Monica, California on June 12, 2011, aged 61.[2][10]

Selected filmography as producer and executive producer


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Who is Joseph Rogan?

Who is Joseph Rogan? The entertainment and commentating world knows him as Joe Rogan  who is an American comedian, video blogger, actor, writer, martial artist, activist and color commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Early life

Rogan was born on August 11, 1967, in Newark, NJ; he lived in several cities as a child (primarily Boston) and was prone to behavioral problems until discovering Tae Kwon Do in his early teens.[1][2]



In 1994, Rogan co-starred on the Fox comedy Hardball as Frank Valente, the young, ego-centric star player on a fictional professional baseball team. [3] The show was cancelled after nine episodes.
From 1995-1999, Rogan co-starred on the critically acclaimed comedy NewsRadio. He portrayed Joe Garrelli, the electrician at WNYX, a news radio station in New York City. [4][5]
In 2002, he appeared on one episode of Just Shoot Me as Chris, Maya Gallo’s boyfriend.

Martial arts

During high school, Rogan was a practitioner of Taekwondo and gained a black belt at age 15. He went on to become a four-time state champion in Massachusetts, and a U.S. Open Taekwondo champion. His record as a kickboxer is 2-1.
In 1996, Rogan began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the Carlson Gracie at his school in Hollywood, California. After Gracie relocated to Chicago, Rogan later began training under Jean Jacques Machado, (a cousin of the Gracie family), eventually earning his brown belt under Machado.[6] In addition, Rogan holds a brown belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo.


Rogan began working for the UFC in 1997, making his debut interviewing fighters at UFC 12: Judgement Day in Dothan, Alabama, before eventually becoming a color commentator for the promotion.[7]


Rogan worked on the TV series Fear Factor, as a host of the United States version of the show. He hosted from June 11, 2001 through September 12, 2006 before the show was canceled by NBC. Rogan will return as the host of Fear Factor in an upcoming rebooted edition of the show, which will air fall 2011 on NBC.[8]
In December 2009, Rogan began hosting a regular podcast with concurrent live Ustream availability.[9] Frequently co-hosted by his friend and the show’s producer Brian “Redban” Reichle, the podcast features an array of guests from the pursuits of comedy, acting and Mixed Martial Arts. Now known as The Joe Rogan Experience, the show is regularly found in the Apple iTunes top 10 most downloaded comedy, and was named one of iTunes “Best of 2010” audio podcasts in its first year. He refers to himself as a werewolf commonly on the podcast, admittedly after the Twilight series.

Personal life


Jerri Rogan

On May 21, 2008, Rogan announced on the Kevin and Bean radio show in Los Angeles that his girlfriend Jessica had a baby girl, and confirmed the news on his fan forum.[10] The couple married in 2009. On episode 22 of The Joe Rogan Experience (recorded May 25, 2010), Rogan announced that “baby Rogan number two was just born the other day”.[11][12]


Although raised Roman Catholic,[13] Rogan stated in September 2010, during a guest appearance on the Alex Jones radio show, that he does not follow any organized religions because he feels it is all the work of man. Rogan also said that he is not completely opposed to the concept of a “higher power” such as a God, however views the concept of God as part of nature that exists in everything.


One of the recurring themes in his stand-up comedy and life is the use and support of cannabis, psilocybin mushrooms, and DMT. Rogan supports the medical and recreational use of cannabis.[14] He has also starred in the marijuana documentary The Union: The Business Behind Getting High. He has an isolation tank in his basement.[15] Rogan was featured in the 2010 History Channel documentary, Marijuana: A Chronic History, as an advocate of legalized medical use of marijuana. He is also the presenter of the 2010 documentary, DMT: The Spirit Molecule, released in October 2010.


Carlos Mencia

On February 10, 2007, Rogan confronted comedian Carlos Mencia on stage at the Comedy Store on Sunset, accusing him of plagiarism. Rogan posted a video of the altercation with audio and video clips from other comedians, including George Lopez, Reverend Bob Levy, Bobby Lee and Ari Shaffir, among others.[16]

Comedy recordings

  • I’m Gonna Be Dead Someday (CD) (August 22, 2000)
  • Live from the Belly of the Beast (DVD) (May 4–5, 2001)
  • Joe Rogan: Live (DVD) (September 1, 2006)
  • Shiny Happy Jihad (CD) (April 10, 2007)
  • Talking Monkeys In Space (CD & DVD) (2010) Comedy Central Records

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Who is Christopher Edward Hansen?

Who is Christopher Edward Hansen? The entertainment and new reporting world know Chris Hansen as an American television infotainment personality. He is known for his work on Dateline NBC, in particular the former segment known as To Catch a Predator, which revolved around catching potential Internet sex predators using a sting operation.

Hansen was born March 26, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan but grew up in northern Detroit suburbs of West Bloomfield and Birmingham. In an interview with the Lansing City Pulse, Hansen said that watching the FBI and police investigate the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa inspired him to become a journalist.[2] He graduated from Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications.[1][


Hansen became a reporter for Lansing NBC affiliate WILX in 1981 during his senior year at Michigan State University.[1][2] He then reported for WFLA in Tampa, various radio stations and newspapers in Michigan, WXYZ in Detroit, and WDIV as an investigative reporter and anchor from 1988.[1] In May 1993, Hansen joined NBC News as a correspondent for the newsmagazine Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric.[1]

Dateline NBC

Hansen’s notable work for Dateline includes coverage of the Columbine massacre, the Oklahoma City terrorist attack, the Unabomber and the TWA Flight 800 disaster; as well as investigative reports on Indian child slave labor and on counterfeit prescription drug sales in China. Hansen was responsible for most of Dateline’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as stories on terrorist groups and the operations of Al-Qaeda. He exposed how a group linked to Osama Bin Laden had tried to buy missiles and nuclear weapons components, and he also worked on an exclusive report detailing an attempted 1994 terrorist attack in France. His series on the lack of security at airports resulted in the Federal Aviation Administration opening an investigation and ultimately revising its policies.[1]

To Catch a Predator

In conjunction with the website Perverted-Justice, Hansen hosted a series of Dateline NBC reports under the title To Catch a Predator. Volunteers from Perverted-Justice impersonated teenagers online and arranged to meet with adults for sex. The meeting places were usually “sting houses”, where camera crews from NBC and sometimes police awaited the would-be pedophile.[3]
Capitalizing on the success of Hansen and his Predator investigations, Dateline NBC created three Tuesday night spin-offs of its original concept; Hansen hosted To Catch a Con Man and To Catch an I.D. Thief.[1] In March 2007, Hansen’s book, To Catch a Predator: Protecting Your Kids from Online Enemies Already in Your Home, was released in the American market.

Louis Conradt, Jr. controversy

Louis William “Bill” Conradt, Jr. was a district attorney in Texas who became inextricably linked to To Catch a Predator after he committed suicide when the Kaufman County SWAT team entered his house, with Dateline cameras recording the action.
Conradt’s death prompted criticism of the show, already attacked by some in the legal and journalistic profession for breaking down the walls between the press and the police. A year later, Rolling Stone and Esquire magazines published articles criticizing To Catch a Predator. Hansen was criticized for his predator series; among the accusations he faced was that he colluded with law enforcement authorities to conduct the stings. Hansen denied these accusations, claiming that he and law enforcement agencies conducted “parallel investigations” and that he barely talked to law enforcement during the cases. In the Esquire article, Luke Dittrich accused Hansen of deception.[4]
In September 2007, Esquire interviewed Hansen about the show and, in particular, the case of Conradt. In the interview, Hansen defended To Catch a Predator and its practices, but admitted he never saw the MySpace page that he mentioned in his own blog and on the show to incriminate Conradt.[5]
According to the Esquire interview, Murphy detective Sam Love claims that Hansen asked the Murphy Police Department to obtain a search warrant for Conradt, since Conradt had stopped communicating with the decoy.[5] Hansen denied doing so, and claimed no knowledge of anyone from NBC or Perverted-Justice making such a request. Hansen admitted to several other inconsistencies or gaps in his personal memory. He claimed that NBC cameramen were never on Conradt’s property; footage obtained by Esquire showed a cameraman on the property even before Kaufman County, Texas SWAT team members had arrived. Hansen claimed that members from Perverted-Justice were never at the scene.[5]
In June 2008, NBC settled a lawsuit with Patricia Conradt, the sister of Louis Conradt. The amount of the settlement is not public.[6] The Los Angeles Times reported that To Catch a Predator was being dropped from regular production as a result of the controversies surrounding it.[7]
State investigators subsequently found three laptops, a cell phone and several computer disks in Conradt’s home, all containing child pornography.[8]


Hansen has appeared on such television programs as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Adam Carolla Show, Today, Scarborough Country, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Rise Guys Morning Show, The Don and Mike Show, The Opie and Anthony Radio Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Glenn Beck Program, and Diggnation.
On January 9, 2007, Hansen appeared on the BET news series, American Gangster. The special, which was hosted by actor Ving Rhames, focused on Detroit drug lords, the Chambers Brothers gang. Hansen gave insight into the lives of the brothers based on the reporting he had done on them in the 1980s and 1990s as a reporter for ABC affiliate WXYZ (Channel 7) and NBC affiliate WDIV (Channel 4). On January 13, 2008 he attended the NBC Golden Globes Winners Special which was poorly attended by the nominees due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.[9]


Hansen has received seven Emmy Awards, four Edward Murrow awards, three Clarion awards, the Overseas Press club award, an IRE, the National Press Club award, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Award; as well as awards for excellence from the Associated Press and United Press International.

Personal life

He is married to Mary Joan Hansen; the couple has two sons. The family resides in Connecticut.[1]


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