Tavis Smiley in Detroit
Tavis Smiley, host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS, visited Detroit March 23-25. Smiley taped five episodes of his award winning program in front of a live audience. Detroit Public Television (DPTV) will provide the crew and state-of-the-art facilities to help produce the shows. The focus included examining the city’s Downtown resurgence, the challenges facing long-time residents of the city, the Arab American community in Dearborn, the arts community, and education.
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Smiley is a broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate and philanthropist whose thoughtful conversations with world figures and his work to inspire the next generation of leaders have made him a celebrated journalist and passionate advocate for youth empowerment. His show has won numerous awards and is seen daily on PBS stations throughout the country as well as on the WORLD Channel. Funding for the 5-night series is provided by Ford Foundation and The Skillman Foundation.