The host of "America’s Most Wanted" will receive the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, reports Reuters. John Walsh’s show has been responsible for helping police capture 1,500 fugitives and for locating 50 missing children since 1988.
In a statement about the Emmy honor, academy Chief Executive John Shaffner said, "John Walsh has dedicated his life to the betterment of society, and while doing so has used television in an inventive and extraordinary way. His contribution to society goes far beyond just hosting a hit TV show, but sets a prime example of how television can be used to convey an important message."
Walsh’s own story, including the 1981 death of his 6-year-old son Adam after the boy was abducted from a mall near his home, inspired him to create "America’s Most Wanted." Walsh became a world-renown crime fighter and victims’ advocate.
In part because of Walsh’s nationwide efforts, in 1984 President Ronald Reagan signed the Missing Children’s Assistance Act, prompting creation of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.