Approaching its 23rd season and 1000th milestone episode in March 2010, "America's Most Wanted" (AMW) is one of network television's longest-running series and continues to be Saturday's No. 1 show. Lauded by law enforcement organizations nationwide and internationally, this hour hosted by John Walsh has changed the lives of thousands of crime victims, has put hundreds of perpetrators behind bars and continues to be a powerful voice for crime victims everywhere.

Among its many accomplishments, "America's Most Wanted" has helped capture nearly 1,100 criminals, including 17 on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. The series has also reunited 43 missing children with their families, which is Walsh's proudest achievement.

In 2003, "America's Most Wanted" and John Walsh made national headlines for their determined efforts leading to the recovery of kidnapped teen Elizabeth Smart. Later that year, Walsh joined President George W. Bush in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House as the PROTECT Act of 2003, which expanded the use of Amber Alerts, was signed into law.

On July 29, 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act. The result of years of lobbying by Walsh and others, the new law—signed on the 25th anniversary of the abduction and murder of Walsh's 6-year-old son, Adam—expands the National Sex Offender Registry and strengthens federal penalties for crimes against children.

Walsh has received many awards and commendations for his efforts on behalf of the nation's children, including the Man of the Year Award from the U.S. Marshals Service, which made him an honorary U.S. Marshal in 2003. He was also named Father of the Year by the Center for Criminal Justice Studies and "A Young American Who is Changing America" by Esquire magazine. He also has received the National PTA's Lifetime Achievement Award. An active voice for victims' rights, Walsh co-founded the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 1984.

"America's Most Wanted" originally premiered in 1988. Since then, the program's mission has expanded. The series targets dangerous fugitives, and regular updates are provided until the featured criminals are caught. Viewers can report tips by calling 1-800-CRIME-TV, or by completing the Online Tip Form available on the AMW website.

Lance Heflin is executive producer of "America's Most Wanted" for STF Productions, Inc. and Steve Katz is co-executive producer.


Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: February 7, 1988
Seasons: 23
Production Company: STF Productions

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