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

August 30, 2022
  • Eric moderates panel on music journalism at the Public Radio Program Directors (PRPD) Conference

    August 30, 2022  4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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September 3, 2022
  • Eric moderates panel at the National Book Festival: How Racism Happens with Linda Villarosa & Robert Samuels

    September 3, 2022 Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

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September 8, 2022
  • Eric speaks at Beacon College in Florida

    September 8, 2022  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm The Venetian Center, 1 Dozier Cir, Leesburg, FL 34748, USA

    Eric will appear as part of the Beacon Salon Speaker Series to address the future of TV, social media and objective truth in the modern world.

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September 17, 2022
  • Eric Deggans speaks to Pinellas Remembers group

    September 17, 2022  5:30 pm - 8:00 pm University of South Florida USC Ballroom, 200 6th Ave. South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

    Eric offers an hourlong talk on how prejudice and stereotypes in media have fueled the racism of the past and the current moment. He'll speak on everything from the roots of the disingenuous fight against Critical Race Theory to the four types of racism which most often distort media. There will also be a signing of his book, "Race-Baiter."

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September 23, 2022
  • Eric speaks at University of Notre Dame's Anti Racist lecture series

    September 23, 2022  12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Eric speaks in this virtual session for the University of Notre Dame’s Klau Institute for Civil and Human Rights as a guest expert in their virtual guest lecture series, Building an Anti-racist Vocabulary

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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