Tavis Smiley Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 07 Nov, 2016
Facts of Tavis Smiley
Date of Birth: 1964 , September-13
Age: 57 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet 1 Inch
Name Tavis Smiley
Birth Name Tavis Smiley
Father Emory Garnell Smiley
Mother Joyce Marie Roberts
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Gulfport, Mississippi
Religion Christian
Ethnicity Black
Profession Talk show host
Working For Television
Net Worth $10 million
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Brown
Famous for Talk show host, author, entrepreneur, advocate, philanthropist
Affair with Unknown
Girlfriend Unknown
Married Unknown
Education Indiana University Bloomington, Maconaquah High School
Movies Sinister
TV Show The Tavis Smiley Show
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Tavis Smiley is a political commentator, philanthropist, advocate and a talk show host as well as an author who has been known for his very own talk show called BET Talk on BET and The Tavis Smiley Show on NPS.


Tavis Smiley is a versatile personal;it who has been known particularly for his very own talk show called BET Talk which aired on the BET channel. He has also hosted The Tavis Smiley Show on NPR and currently hosts Tavis Smiley on PBS.

Early Life

Tavis Smiley was born on the 13th of September, 1964 in Gulfport, Mississipi. He was enrolled in the Maconaquah High School for his primary education. He graduated with a BS degree in public affairs from the Indiana University in the year 2003.


Tavis Smiley’s political career started off when he was still in college. After this, he campaigned for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council and finished fourth. After this, he started work as a radio commentator whereby he broadcasted one-minute segments called The Smiley Report.

By 1996, Tavis Smiley became a commentator for the Tom Joyner Morning Show and became the political commentator for various discussion shows in the MSNBC, ABC as well as the CNN.

Tavis Smiley began hosting and executive producing the BET Tonight which aired on the Black Entertainment Television network.  The show began on 1996 and was later renamed as the BET Tonight. On 2001, BET refused to renew his contract after he sold an interview of Sara Jane Olson to the ABC Channel. He then began The Tavis Smiley Show on the NPR channel. The show ran from 2002 to 2004 and he now hosts Tavis Smiley on the PBS Channel. He is also the host of The Tavis Smiley Show on PRI.

Personal Life

Tavis Smiley has reportedly not been married yet. He seems to be pretty secretive when it comes to his personal life and has never released any information in regards to having a girlfriend. It has been known that he has never been married in front of the public eye. Denise Pines is a dear and close friend of Tavis, but apart from that, a romantic relationship between them has never been established. It can hence be said that Tavis is currently without wife or children and it surely will be time before news about him getting married will be released out to be the general public.

Net Worth, Salary, and Appearance

Tavis Smiley has the net worth of a whopping $10 million. His endeavors as a host, entrepreneur and commentator have led him to attain this amount of salary and net worth. A presentable and amiable personality, Tavis has the height of 6 feet and 1 inch and a presentable demeanor that attracts a lot of his fans,