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John Walls

John Walls joined CTIA-The Wireless Association® in 2004, assuming the position of Vice President, Public Affairs. Walls' primary responsibilities are supervising external and internal communications, which include the association’s web site, www.ctia.org, as well as the efforts of its research and creative staff. He also serves as Treasurer of the Wireless Foundation.

Prior to his joining CTIA, Walls was a television news and sports anchor for nearly 25 years, most recently anchoring the evening newscasts for NBC-affiliate KJRH-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma from 2000 to 2004. Walls was a member of the original anchor team for Fox Sports Net and was based in Los Angeles from 1996 to 2000. He has also served as Sports Director for three television stations, including from 1984 to 1996 for KTUL-TV and KOTV in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He began his broadcasting career in 1978 at WWVU-TV, a PBS affiliate, in Morgantown, West Virginia before serving as host of the syndicated television program, “PM Magazine” in Texas. Walls has received numerous awards for his work in broadcasting, notably Regional News Emmys for his reporting on methamphetamine in Oklahoma and his on-location anchoring of the Timothy McVeigh execution.

Walls graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Securing Data on All Platforms: March WOW Policy Point

As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do the methods cyberthieves use to breach consumer data. From securing wireless networks to investing millions of dollars in cybersecurity measures, learn about the wireless industry’s efforts to secure user data and what the industry needs from policymakers to address and protect consumers from new threats.

What’s in a Privacy Policy?: March WOW Wireless at Work

Many apps use data such as your location to enrich your mobile experience, but many consumers are unaware of the information their favorite apps collect and how it’s used. Jonathan Zuck of the Association of Competitive Technology discusses the importance of privacy policies and the need to create readable versions.

Virtual Danger, Real Lesson: Texting and Driving Simulator

A major hurdle to combating distracted driving is the idea among some drivers, especially teens, that texting and driving is okay. To help illustrate just how dangerous this practice is, the It Can Wait campaign developed the Texting and Driving Simulator. The simulator provides users the ability to try to text while driving, but safely [...]

San Jose’s Connected Law Enforcement Car

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, it makes sense that the City of San Jose would lead the way to connect their law enforcement, and their vehicles, to the wireless network. San Jose’s CIO Vijay Sammeta talks about how wireless technology replaces the traditional police citation book, which allows officers to process events in [...]

QUIZ: Distracted Driving: Teens Behind the Wheel

Teenage drivers, often the most inexperienced drivers on the road, are the most at risk for distracted driving. Take the quiz below and test your knowledge of how teenagers are handling their responsibilities behind the wheel, and remind your teen to never text and drive.

XRS Keeps Trucks Connected with Smartphones

Wireless devices are replacing thousands of dollars of unique equipment in trucks, by allowing drivers to do everything from track hours and routes to conducting safety inspections on the trucks with the devices they already have with them. XRS CEO Jay Coughlan explains how mobile is keeping the trucking industry connected while reducing costs.

Texting While Driving Simulator: February WOW Wireless Lifechanger

CTIA’s Vice President of Public Affairs John Walls demonstrates the “It Can Wait” campaign’s texting and driving simulator, available on its website. In a safe virtual environment so no one is harmed, users must read and send texts while driving, which helps illustrate the impossibility of performing these two dangerous activities simultaneously.

Safe Apps for the Connected Car: February WOW Insider Interview

AutoTech Council Executive Director Liz Kerton discusses the challenges and importance of developing apps for the connected car that promote safety and keep the driver’s attention focused on the roads.