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  • Category: Television
  • Unveiled: 24 Apr 2014
  • Address:
    6298 Hollywood Blvd
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  • Notes: The 2,522nd Star

Travis Smiley

Next star: Donald O'Connor
Previous stretch: Zubin Mehta

Biography

Tavis Smiley at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.

Tavis Smiley (/ˈtævᵻs/; 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. 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 (2002–04) and currently hosts Tavis Smiley on PBS on the weekdays and "The Tavis Smiley Show" from PRI. From 2010 to 2013, Smiley and Cornel West joined forces to host 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.

Fact file

  • Born: September 13, 1964 (age 51) Gulfport, Mississippi U.S.
  • Education: Indiana University (B.A., public affairs, 2003) Maconaquah High School
  • Occupation: Talk show host Author Entrepreneur Advocate Philanthropist
  • Years active: 1992–present
  • Notable credit(s): Tavis Smiley host (2004–present) The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI (radio) host (2005–present) Smiley & West co-host (2010–2013) BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley host (1996–2001)
  • Religion: Christian
  • Website: www.tavistalks.com

Read more about Travis Smiley at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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