IU grad Tavis Smiley receiving Hollywood star

This undated image from video released by PBS shows host Tavis Smiley, right, during an interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton on "Tavis Smiley Reports." Smiley, who’s marking his 10th year this month as host of his PBS talk show and his 20th year in broadcasting. (AP Photo/PBS)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University graduate and Kokomo-area native Tavis Smiley is set to get a star on Hollywood’s acclaimed Walk of Fame.

The university says the late-night talk show host will be given a star April 24. Jay Leno and Larry King are set to speak during the ceremony.

Smiley graduated from Maconaquah High School near Kokomo and went on to graduate with a degree from IU’s Bloomington campus.

He is the host of his own late-night television show on PBS and “The Tavis Smiley Show” on Public Radio International.

The broadcaster also has published several books, including the New York Times best seller “What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America.”

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