Johnathan Walton

Johnathan Walton is a driven and enterprising vigilante who has dedicated his life to hunting down con artists and bringing them to justice. The first con artist Walton put in jail was Marianne Smyth aka Mair Smyth [5] who scammed hundreds of thousands of dollars from 43 victims, including Walton himself,[6] in the United States and Europe, using an elaborate series of confidence tricks. [7][1]

Walton also works as a reality TV producer on shows like American Ninja Warrior for NBC, Shark Tank for ABC and Savage Builds for the Discovery Channel. [8] His career in unscripted television was preceded by a 10-year stint as an Emmy Award-winning TV news reporter and producer at local stations KHOU-TV in Houston, Texas, KABB-TV in San Antonio, Texas and WSVN-TV in Miami, Florida. [9] [10]


  • Has won four Regional Emmys for his Primetime TV Specials for CBS Houston.
    • 2006 Emmy for Walton's World Gone Wild aired Dec. 2005. KHOU-TV Houston Johnathan Walton, Reporter[2]
    • 2005 Emmy for The Best of Walton's World Strikes Back aired Dec. 2004.

KHOU-TV Houston Johnathan Walton, Reporter[3]

    • 2004 Emmy for The Best of Walton's World Gone Wild

KHOU-TV Johnathan Walton, Reporter[4]

    • 2003 Emmy for Christmas in Walton's World show.[5]
    • Gave his first Emmy to his mom, who put it on her mantel.
  • 2004 Texas Associated Press Broadcasters First Place Light Feature.[6]
  • Numerous Houston Press Club Lone Star Awards
  • 2003 Houston Chronicle Award for "Baffoon". Described as "A pudgy, puckish clown for the 21st century,"[7]
  • 2006 Houston Chronicle Award for Funny Person on Local TV. Described as "tickles us best"[8]

Other NotablesEdit

Con Artist Marianne Smyth Documentary Website


  1. ^ Kilkenney, Katie. [:// "The Hollywood Producer, the "Heiress" and a Very Personal Quest for Justice"] Check |url= value (help). The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-01-10. Retrieved 2006-10-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)2006 Lone Star Emmy
  3. ^ [1] Archived 2012-02-13 at the Wayback Machine2005 Lone Star Emmy
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-06-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)2004 Lone Star Emmy
  5. ^ [2]Belo Press Release
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-09-05. Retrieved 2006-09-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)Walton wins First Place Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Award for Light Feature
  7. ^ [3]2003 Houston Chronicle calls Walton "Funny and smart"
  8. ^ [4]2006 Houston Chronicle says that Walton "tickles us best"