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

Feb
28
Wed
all-day PANEL: Coloring the Media panel @ University of Florida
PANEL: Coloring the Media panel @ University of Florida
Feb 28 – Mar 1 all-day
PANEL: Coloring the Media panel @ University of Florida | Gainesville | Florida | United States
Discussion on how coverage decisions are made involving subjects of color and issues affecting non-white people in newsrooms. The culmination of Black History Month celebration at UF’s National of Association of Black Journalists chapter.Read More[...]
May
3
Thu
all-day Discussion: Race and Fact-Checking
Discussion: Race and Fact-Checking
May 3 – May 4 all-day
Discussion: Race and Fact-Checking @ Gainesville | Florida | United States
Event with Florida Humanities Council and the Poynter Institute on the subject of race and fact-checking.Read More about Discussion: Race and Fact-Checking
May
19
Sat
all-day Board of Jurors: Peabody Awards ...
Board of Jurors: Peabody Awards ...
May 19 all-day
Board of Jurors: Peabody Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting
Attending the Peabody Awards ceremony as a board members and juror in New York City.Read More about Board of Jurors: Peabody Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting
Jun
25
Mon
all-day Keynote: Summer Media Institute @ University of Florida
Keynote: Summer Media Institute @ University of Florida
Jun 25 all-day
Keynote:  Summer Media Institute @ University of Florida | Gainesville | Florida | United States
Keynote address for the University of Florida’s Summer Media Institute, a workshop for journalists in high school.   Read More about Keynote: Summer Media Institute

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