“America’s Most Wanted” host and producer John Walsh will receive the ATAS Governors Award at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in September. Earlier this year Fox announced that it would be phasing out the long-running program, a staple on its airwaves since 1988. Walsh has since said he and his company are trying to find a new home for the series, which has helped lead to the arrest of more than 1,500 fugitives.
“John Walsh has dedicated his life to the betterment of society, and while doing so has used television in an inventive and extraordinary way,” said Academy Chairman/CEO John Shaffner in a statement. “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.”