Book Eric Deggans

Eric Deggans is an award-winning journalist who has covered TV. media, music and pop culture for more than 20 years. Currently serving as TV Critic for NPR, Eric served as TV/Media Critic for the Tampa Bay Times newspaper and has appeared on PBS’ NewsHour, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel and the Tom Joyner Morning Show, among other outlets.

He has lectured or delivered presentations at Columbia University, Loyola University, Indiana University and California State University, among other schools. He has also delivered keynote addresses for the International Communication Association, the University of South Florida Honors Program, and The National Scholastic Press Association.

Now, he’d like to bring those insights — developed over decades of thinking, writing and speaking out — to your event as a keynote speaker!

Upcoming Events

Oct
17
Tue
7:00 pm PANEL: Restoring Respect @ Church of St. Peter
PANEL: Restoring Respect @ Church of St. Peter
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm
PANEL: Restoring Respect @ Church of St. Peter | Saint Petersburg | Florida | United States
On Oct. 17, Deggans will be appearing on a panel about Restoring Respect at The Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 4th Street North, downtown St. Petersburg. It starts at 7 p.m. and he’ll be joined by Donald Eastman,[...]
Nov
2
Thu
all-day The Power of Diverse Voices: The...
The Power of Diverse Voices: The...
Nov 2 – Nov 5 all-day
The Power of Diverse Voices: The Poynter Minority Writers Workshop
Opinion writing plays a vital role in explanatory, features and watchdog journalism, and is important in a thriving democracy. This four-day seminar, funded by the Association of Opinion Journalists, will foster the diversity of voices[...]
Nov
9
Thu
all-day SPEAKER: “Building Bridges, Not ... @ University of Wisconsin-Madison
SPEAKER: “Building Bridges, Not ... @ University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nov 9 all-day
SPEAKER: "Building Bridges, Not Walls: Decoding the Media's Confusing Coverage of Race, Gender and Culture." @ University of Wisconsin-Madison
On November 9, Deggans will be speaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison delivering a speech titled “Building Bridges, Not Walls: Decoding the Media’s Confusing Coverage of Race, Gender and Culture.”Read More about SPEAKER: “Building Bridges, Not[...]
Jan
30
Tue
all-day Building Bridges Instead of Wall...
Building Bridges Instead of Wall...
Jan 30 all-day
Building Bridges Instead of Walls: Decoding the Media's Confusing Coverage of Race and Culture.
On January 30, Deggans will serve as a distinguished visiting professor at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. The school will present a student with a scholarship in Deggans’ name. He will also be delivering[...]

What Others Say

Michael Uth
“We hosted Eric as part of a company-wide awareness initiative focused courage, especially moral courage. Consistent with this theme, we challenged him with a sensitive topic – how to have difficult conversations about race. His skill in approaching this topic in an accessible, non-threatening, productive way gave us the opportunity to think deeply and learn a lot, and earned him overwhelmingly positive feedback."
Michael Uth

Corporate Compliance and Ethics Officer, The Progressive Corporation

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“No one breaks down the complexity of race, media, and popular culture more cogently than Eric Deggans.  Witnessing him speak in person (which I did at Harvard), with his informative, entertaining and interactive PowerPoint, and his utterly engaging ‘teacherly’ persona, is even more rewarding than hearing his NPR commentaries, which are always masterfully superb.  No one teaches me more about contemporary media than Eric Deggans.”
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Host of the PBS series Finding Your Roots and chair of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard

TEDx speech: How to Talk About Race Across Race Lines

Eric Deggans' final thought on race baiting

Eric talks the evolution of Jon Stewart on The Daily Show