AMERICA’S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK enters its 17th season as one of network television’s longest-running series. Lauded by law enforcement organizations nationwide and internationally, this hour hosted by John Walsh has changed the lives of thousands of crime victims -- as well as the perpetrators it has put behind bars. The show has become a powerful voice for crime victims everywhere.
Among its most amazing achievements, AMERICA’S MOST WANTED has captured 754 criminals, taken 15 criminals off the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list and –Walsh’s proudest achievement – reunited 36 missing children with their families.
This past season, AMERICA’S MOST WANTED and John Walsh made national headlines for their work and relentless determination that led to the recovery of kidnapped teen Elizabeth Smart. Walsh also recently joined President Bush in the Rose Garden Ceremony at The White House as the “Child Protection Act of 2003” Bill was signed into law.
Awards and commendations bestowed on John Walsh for his efforts on behalf of the nation’s children speak for themselves. He has received the “Man of the Year” Award from the US Marshals Service, and was named “Father of the Year” by the Center for Criminal Justice Studies, and “A Young American Who is Changing America” by Esquire Magazine. He was also honored with the National PTA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. These are just a few of the accolades he has received.
AMERICA’S MOST WANTED originally premiered in 1988, and was renamed AMERICA’S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK in 1996. Since then the program’s mission has expanded. The series targets many dangerous fugitives and starts a relentless pursuit of the criminals profiled. The pursuit continues with regular updates until each of the featured criminals is caught.
Walsh, whose six-year-old son Adam was abducted and murdered 22 years ago, co-founded the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and over the years has become an active voice for victims’ rights.