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

January 14, 2022
  • Society of Ohio Archivists Social Justice & Black Lives Matter winter workshop

    January 14, 2022  12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    The Society of Ohio Archivists will host “Crucial Conversations: Recognizing and Overcoming Racial Injustice & Bias," featuring Eric Deggans and Dave Snyder, moderated by Jerolyn Barbee. Deggans is a well-known television commentator and author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation (2012). Snyder is the founder of Black Lives Matter Cincinnati, which seeks to engage white evangelicals, Trump-supporters, and white progressives in conversations on race with those least comfortable talking about it, through social media. Barbee is the Assistant Director, National Afro-American Museum Cultural Center, Wilberforce, Ohio.

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January 17, 2022
  • Eric delivers keynote at Interlochen Martin Luther King Jr. Day event

    January 17, 2022 Interlochen Center for the Arts, Green Lake Township, MI 49643, USA

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February 3, 2022
  • Eric provides keynote speech at Iowa College Media Association convention

    February 3, 2022  6:15 pm - 8:15 pm

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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