Children’s advocate, author and host of the nation’s number-one crime fighting show, America’s Most Wanted (FOX), John Walsh has turned his personal grief into positive energy to help children and their families. Walsh’s son, Adam, was missing and then later found murdered in the summer of 1981. Since then, he and his wife Revé’s dedicated efforts have led to the passage of the Missing Children Act of 1982 and the Missing Children’s Assistance Act of 1984. The latter bill founded the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Walsh successfully shepherded the 2006 passage of the Adam Walsh Child Protection & Safety Act, which created a National Sex Offender Registry.
Walsh’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. He was named Father of the Year in 1984 by the National Father’s Day Committee and is the only private citizen to receive a Special Recognition Award by a U.S. Attorney General. In addition, CBS recognized him as one of the 100 Americans Who Changed History. Walsh’s life has also been chronicled on A & E’s Biography program and MSNBC’s Headliners and Legends with Matt Lauer. In 1988 he was named the U.S. Marshals’ Man of the Year and two years later received the same honor from the FBI, the Bureau’s highest civilian award.
Walsh serves on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He recently teamed up with Cox Communications to launch Take Charge! Smart Choices for Your Cox Digital Home. Through this initiative, Walsh is helping families manage their mass media experience with an eye toward safe and appropriate content and usage guidelines for TV and the Internet.