Tavis Smiley


Tavis Smiley Brief Biography

Tavis Smiley
Tavis Smiley (born September 13, 1964) is an American talk show host, author, liberal political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist. Smiley was born in Gulfport, Mississippi, and grew up in Bunker Hill, Indiana. After attending Indiana University, he worked during the late 1980s as an aide to Tom Bradley, the mayor of Los Angeles. Smiley became a radio commentator in 1991, and starting in 1996, he hosted the talk show BET Talk (later renamed BET Tonight) on BET. Controversially, after Smiley sold an exclusive interview of Sara Jane Olson to ABC News in 2001, BET declined to renew Smiley's contract that year. Smiley then began hosting The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR from 2002 to 2004 and currently hosts Tavis Smiley on PBS on the weekdays and "The Tavis Smiley Show" from PRI. Starting in 2010 Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have joined forces for their own radio talk show, Smiley & West. They were featured together interviewing musician Bill Withers in the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. He is the new host of "Tavis Talks" on BlogTalkRadio's Tavis Smiley Network.

Tavis Smiley News

• Famous birthdays for Sept. 13: Niall Horan, Tyler Perry, Lili Reinhart, Ben Savage, Fiona Apple, Stella McCartney, Michelle Duggar, Tavis Smiley
• The Almanac for Sept. 13, the 256th day of 2017
• The Almanac for Sept. 13, the 257th day of 2016
• Tavis Smiley: 'Dancing with the Stars' producers shouldn't have signed me up, I asked to compete in the spring

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