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Television talk show host , writer

Tavis Smiley, American television talk show host, writer.


Smiley, Tavis was born on September 13, 1964 in Biloxi, Mississippi, United States. Son of Emory G. and Joyce M. Smiley.


Graduate, Indiana University, 1986. Doctor (honorary), Indiana University.


Assistant to Mayor Tomilea Allison, Los Angeles, 1984—1985. Council aide, 1987; special assistant to executive director, 1978—1988. Administrative aide to Mayor Tom Bradley, 1988—1990.

Commentator The Smiley Report, 1990—2001. Contributor Cable News Network, since 2001, HuffingtonPost.com. Special correspondent ABC-television, since 2001.

Commentator Tom Joyner Morning Show. President, Chief Executive Officer Smiley Group, Inc.



Founder Tavis Smiley Foundation. Board directors Challengers Boys and Girls Club, Black College Tour, Los Angeles. Member advisory board Martin Luther King Junior Center Non-Violent Social Change, 1992—1993, Inner City Foundation Excellence in Education, 1989—1991, After Class Scouting, Scouting United States of America, 1991.

Chairman operations committee Young Black Professionals, Los Angeles, 1988—1990. Member steering committee United Way Greater Los Angeles, 1989—1990.


Emory G.

Joyce M. Smiley