Tavis Smiley features a unique mix of news and pop culture combined into one thought-provoking and entertaining program. It is a hybrid of news, issues and entertainment, featuring conversations with newsmakers, politicians, celebrities and real people.
Since its first season, the show has won numerous NAACP Image Awards for "Outstanding Television, News, Talk, or Information (Series or Special)."
It is the first West Coast talk show for PBS. In 2011, Tavis Smiley began a co-production partnership with WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. For more information on WNET, visit www.wnet.org
The New York Times
“You have Oprah and you have Tavis – they are the king and queen.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Smiley is one of the most important political voices of his generation.”
Los Angeles Times
“Smiley is a reminder of the days when talk show hosts were conversationalists, no sycophants or joke meters.”
“One of the most dynamic, outside-the-lines voices in American journalism.”
New York Daily News
“[Tavis Smiley] provides one place that helps promote dialogues that might not otherwise take place before audiences who might not otherwise think that they have anything in common.”
The Plain Dealer
“In the age of high-decibel, in-your-face talk shows, Tavis Smiley keeps the volume low and the content high.”
“Tavis has to go no further than his life to find a good story. It is a story of rising out of poverty with a purpose, a hearing the music of a dream, his hopes to be not just a broadcaster or a businessman but also a leader, a builder.”