Tavis Smiley http://wfpl.org en Noise and Notes: Tavis Smiley on Poverty, Newsroom Diversity and President Obama http://wfpl.org/post/noise-and-notes-tavis-smiley-poverty-newsroom-diversity-and-president-obama <p>Public radio and television talk-show host <a href="http://bizlex.com/2012/08/pbss-tavis-smiley-to-keynote-community-actions-2012-poverty-forum/">Tavis Smiley will be in Kentucky this month as the keynote speaker at a forum on poverty</a> and the shrinking middle-class.</p><p>Smiley is known to most as a journalist and political commentator, but most recently he’s taken on the title of advocate for the poor.</p><p>In “The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto”, a new book co-authored with Cornel West, he argues that <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/07/10/156387172/poverty-in-the-u-s-by-the-numbers">poverty is the new American norm</a> and that neither political party is paying much attention. The statistics are daunting, as a radio documentary conducted by NPR earlier this year showed just that.</p><p> Sun, 09 Sep 2012 02:30:00 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1592 at http://wfpl.org Noise and Notes: Tavis Smiley on Poverty, Newsroom Diversity and President Obama