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John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted since its 1988 debut -- and New York Times bestselling author of Tears of Rage and No Mercy -- is a longtime veteran of the battle for victims' rights. He and his wife, Revé, were central in the fight for passage of the federal Missing Children Act and the founding of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, as well as the enactment of hundreds of state and local laws.

Honored in Rose Garden ceremonies by three presidents, John Walsh has been selected as Man of the Year by dozens of law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Marshals, the National District Attorney's Association, and the FBI -- and, in 1992, became the first civilian to receive the prestigious Special Recognition Award of the U.S. Attorney General. American Portraits named him one of the 160 Americans who have made an outstanding contribution to the history of the United States. His proudest achievement, however: being named the nation's "Father of the Year" in 1985.

John is also the head of his own production company, Straight Shooter Productions; one of its first creations was the Emmy® Award-nominated prime-time children's special Smart Kids.

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