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Tavis Smiley is a talk show host, political commentator and philanthropist, well-known for work around diversity in journalism. He has hosted various shows on television and radio.
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Tavis Smiley began his national broadcasting career in 1996 when he joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show, as well as BET Tonight on the Black Entertainment Television cable network. He left his own show on NPR in 2004 because he felt the organization failed to reach a diverse audience. He has written several books and founded an annual youth leadership summit. He continues to interview and host.
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