The Tavis Smiley Show

Airs Every Sunday 3p-4p (CT)


“The Tavis Smiley Show” is a high-energy exchange of views, information, and insight hosted by Tavis Smiley. The two-hour weekly show offers a unique blend of news and newsmakers in expanded conversations, along with feature reports and regular commentators Cornel West, Connie Rice, J.C. Watts, Omar Wasow, Dr. Ian Smith, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, Michael Eric Dyson, Antonio Gonzalez and George Johnson. Each week, Smiley engages commentators and guests in substantive and provocative discussions on a wide range of topics including: politics, health, finance, sports, technology and pop culture. An insightful exploration of the issues that matter from fresh, diverse points of view is the show’s hallmark.

About Tavis Smiley:

From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, as a broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate and philanthropist, Tavis Smiley continues to be an outstanding voice for change. Smiley is currently the host of the late night television talk show “Tavis Smiley” on PBS and “The Tavis Smiley Show” from Public Radio International (PRI).

In 2010, Smiley leaves his studio chair in Los Angeles to go on the road to examine some of the country’s most defining moments in four hour-long “Tavis Smiley Reports” primetime TV specials. The reports include going behind the scenes with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, examining one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s greatest speeches, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” and traveling to the streets of New Orleans to mark Hurricane Katrina’s fifth anniversary.

In 2007, Smiley made television history as the moderator and executive producer of the All-American Presidential Forums on PBS, the first primetime television Democratic and Republican presidential debates with a panel exclusively comprised of journalists of color.

In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has authored fourteen books. His memoir, “What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America,” became a “New York Times” best seller, and the book he edited, “Covenant with Black America,” became the first nonfiction book by a black-owned publisher to reach #1 on the “New York Times” best-sellers list.

His latest book, “Accountable: Making America As Good As Its Promise,” examines hard-hitting truths about the issues our country faces and addresses how our political leaders, corporations and, finally, American citizens themselves can enforce accountability and affect change.

An avid reader committed to presenting America with stories from many different voices, Smiley founded SmileyBooks, as a co-publishing venture with Hay House, Inc. From established “New York Times” best selling authors to exciting new voices, SmileyBooks covers topics that appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. SmileyBooks titles are published in hardcover, trade paperback and digital media, offering the widest possible readership and exposure.

“Time” magazine honored Smiley in 2009 as one of The World’s 100 Most Influential People. The annual “Time” 100 list profiles men and women whose power, talent or moral example has made a significant difference in the world.

In 2009, Smiley released “STAND,” his first documentary film, which he directed, wrote and produced. “STAND” shares the experiences of Smiley and 10 black male friends during a special road trip through Memphis and Nashville. The friends explore the impact of the civil rights movement and the role and relationships of black men in America against the backdrop of the 2008 presidential race and the 40th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

Smiley is the presenter and creative force behind “America I AM: The African American Imprint.” This unprecedented traveling museum exhibition, which debuted in January 2009, will tour the country for four years, celebrating the extraordinary impact of African American contributions to our nation and the world, as told through rare artifacts, memorabilia and multimedia.

Smiley’s most gratifying accomplishments are rooted in his passion to inspire the next generation of leaders. The Tavis Smiley Foundation, a nonprofit organization, was established to provide leadership training and development for youth. Since its inception, more than 6,000 young people have participated in the foundation’s Youth to Leaders training workshops and conferences.

His communications company, The Smiley Group, Inc., is dedicated to supporting human rights and related empowerment issues and serves as the holding company for various enterprises encompassing broadcast and print media, lectures, symposiums and the Internet.

Smiley’s achievements have earned him numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees, including one from his alma mater, Indiana University. In 2009, Indiana University named the atrium of its School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) building, The Tavis Smiley Atrium. Smiley is also the recipient of the Du Bois Medal from Harvard University and the 2009 Interdependence Day Prize from Demos in Istanbul, Turkey.