“TAVIS SMILEY REPORTS will take a look at the country’s most important people and recent events, from perspectives that are rarely portrayed,” says host Tavis Smiley. “I will be talking to the people and traveling to the places that have transformed us as a nation, often in ways we don’t even realize.”
“For years, Tavis Smiley has explored topics by engaging his guests in thought-provoking discussions, and we’re eager to see him take his award-winning approach outside of the studio,” says John F. Wilson, PBS Senior Vice President and Chief TV Programming Executive. “These primetime specials allow Tavis to seek out the stories and individuals that are a driving force in today’s world.”
The first TAVIS SMILEY REPORTS, premiering Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on PBS, focuses on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she completes her first year as America’s chief diplomat and looks ahead to the challenges of the next three years. Smiley has been granted exceptional access to Secretary Clinton and will accompany her on diplomatic missions abroad, to meetings on Capitol Hill and within the State Department itself to give the American public a candid and incisive view of the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy and international relations.