Host, The Tavis Smiley Show
Time selected him as one of America's 50 most promising young leaders. Newsweek profiled him as one of the "20 people changing how Americans get their news," and dubbed him one of the nation's "captains of the airwaves." The New York Post screamed "Look out, Larry King -- here comes Tavis Smiley!" The Los Angeles Times says he's on the "fast track, left lane," and the Philadelphia Inquirer calls Smiley one of the most important political voices of his generation.
As the former host of BET TONIGHT with Tavis Smiley on Black Entertainment Television, Tavis Smiley became known as black America's favorite talk show host. Honored with the NAACP Image Award for Best News, Talk or Information Series for three consecutive years, Smiley has authored five books. His most recent release, How to Make Black America Better, is a clarion call to African-Americans to take control of their own destiny. He is also the publisher of The Smiley Report newsletter. In addition to hosting The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR, Smiley currently offers political commentary on radio's Tom Joyner Morning Show. He is a contributing editor for USA Weekend magazine, a correspondent for CNN and an ABC-TV special correspondent for Good Morning America and Primetime Thursday.
Smiley's advocacy has been profiled on 60 Minutes and has earned him numerous awards and recognitions. Among them: the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award from the National Association of Minorities in Communications.
Smiley is founder of the Tavis Smiley Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage, empower and enlighten black youth. Youth to Leaders (Y2L), the cornerstone program of the Foundation, is an annual series of one-day leadership-building conferences in cities across the United States. Tavis Smiley Presents, a subsidiary of The Smiley Group, Inc., has produced the groundbreaking Black Think Tank series broadcast internationally on C-SPAN.
Educated at Indiana University, Smiley was previously a top aide to former Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley. He has appeared as an analyst on shows including Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, the Today show and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.
One of 10 children, Smiley is single and lives in Los Angeles. In his spare time, he enjoys a good game of Scrabble with friends.