John Walsh to Receive the Governors Award at Creative Arts Emmys

John Walsh America's Most Wanted 2011
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AMERICA'S MOST WANTED: AMERICA FIGHTS BACK: Host, John Walsh. Saturdays (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will honor the 'America's Most Wanted' creator and host September 10.

America's Most Wanted creator and host John Walsh will receive this year's Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Governors Award, it was announced Tuesday.

The honor will be presented at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony September 10 at the Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE. 

"John Walsh has dedicated his life to the betterment of society, and while doing so has used television in an inventive and extraordinary way,” Television Academy Chairman and CEO John Shaffner said 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."

Walsh created America's Most Wanted in 1988 after his son, Adam, was abducted from a mall near his home in Hollywood, FL July 27, 1981 and was later found dead. The case, which remained open for 27 years, was solved in 2008.