Virginia Sherwood/NBC
Associated Press
August 05, 2013 AT 09:42 PM EDT

An NBC News reporter best known for his Dateline NBC reports featuring him confronting would-be child sex predators is leaving the network.

Chris Hansen stepped from the shadows in the long-running To Catch a Predator series to confront men lured to houses thinking they were about to meet minors they had contacted online for sex. NBC on Monday confirmed a TV Guide story saying Hansen is leaving after 20 years.

Hansen says through NBC he’s looking forward to pursuing new opportunities on air and as a producer. He says new projects will be announced in the next few months.

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