Todd Hansen is a broadcast journalist and award-winning host of BYU-TV’s The Story Trek. He was born in Provo, Utah, and grew up in nearby Pleasant Grove. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications Studies from Brigham Young University.
Hansen began his career as a reporter and anchor with a CBS affiliate in the Washington Tri-Cities area. He then took a job with Fox News in Salt Lake City, where he reported news for ten years. He left when he grew weary of the negativity prevalent in the news. While at Fox News, he pitched the idea to tell the story of an average person on the street and the result, nicknamed “Trippin’ with Todd,” was a regular Sunday night segment. When he learned that BYU-TV was searching for a new series, he presented his idea of Story Trek, which is based on Hansen’s belief that everyone has a story to tell.
Hansen and his crew travel throughout the United States and randomly knock on doors to find people who are willing to tell their life story on television. Most people initially say that they don’t have anything special to tell, but Hansen always finds their experiences compelling and conveys an uplifting message to his viewers.
The Story Trek reaches approximately 60 million households across the country. Hansen was presented with an Emmy as producer and host of The Story Trek during the 2012 Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards in Phoenix, Arizona. The show has won five Emmy's in the last two years.