The Archive offers congratulations to America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh, who will receive the Governors Award at this Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The award honors “an individual, company or organization that has made a substantial impact and demonstrated the extraordinary use of television.” Walsh’s efforts are indeed exceptional: tips from viewers of America’s Most Wanted have led to the capture of over 1150 fugitives. Interviewed by The Archive of American Television in 2008, Walsh shares why he decided to host America’s Most Wanted after the kidnapping and unsolved murder of his young son, Adam:
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In his Archive interview, John Walsh discusses his start in the hotel business and speaks openly about the kidnapping of his son, Adam. Walsh shares how he was approached by producers Linda Otto and Alan Landsburg to be involved with a television movie, Adam, based on Adam’s kidnapping and murder. The overwhelming, positive response to the movie led to a sequel, Adam: His Song Continues, and to Walsh and his wife becoming active in getting legislation passed to aid in the recovery of missing children. Walsh discusses his initial reluctance to hosting America’s Most Wanted, on the fledgling FOX network, but soon saw the huge potential of the show to assist in the capture of fugitives. He also briefly hosted a daytime talk show, The John Walsh Show, and continues to fight for the creation of a national DNA Database. Melody Chen conducted the one-hour interview on October 28, 2008 in North Hollywood, CA.