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 19, 2020
  • Webster University's new virtual talk show, Webster Speaks: Dialogues on Race, Equity and Inclusion

    August 19, 2020  7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Eric appears as a guest on Webster university's virtual talk show. The subject is, loosely, how media are covering police brutality and violence against unarmed African Americans and the ensuing protests, compared with the past. What is changing as forms of media change? What still needs to happen to get accurate coverage of issues important to POC?

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August 20, 2020
  • IDS DS alumni-student panel on “Reporting in a Crisis”

    August 20, 2020  6:45 pm - 8:15 pm

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September 10, 2020
  • PolitiFact panel on TV politics coverage

    September 10, 2020  11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Eric moderates panel featuring heads of political coverage from ABC, NBC, CNN, and more, alongside editors from PolitiFact sponsored by the Poynter Institute.

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September 24, 2020
  • Eric moderates Paley Front Row Event Celebrating PBS' 50th Anniversary

    September 24, 2020  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Eric moderates Paley Front Row PBS 50th Anniversary Celebration Event with Ken Burns, Judy Woodruff, Skip Gates, and Paula Kerger.

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October 8, 2020
  • University of Iowa speech on Race and Media

    October 8, 2020  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Eric gives speech on how race affects media and society for the University of Iowa

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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