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 27, 2021
  • Eric hosts NABJ panel on My Father the Mover

    January 27, 2021  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Mthuthuzeli Stoan Galela is a self taught/trained dancer from Cape Town in Gugulethu. He's more than a dancer; he's a Mover. Using African electronic "Gqom" dance, The Mover helps kids in the township of Khayelitsha to transcend the grips of poverty and abuse and find their superpowers. MTV has created a short documentary about his work; Eric will interview The Mover and director Julia Jansch in a viral panel sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists

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January 29, 2021
  • Eric moderates panel with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick for virtual Realscreen Summit

    January 29, 2021  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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February 3, 2021
  • Eric appears on panel: Journalism, the Election and the Transition - What Did the Media Get Right and Wrong?

    February 3, 2021  4:15 pm - 5:45 pm

    Panel features Eric, former CNN and NBC anchor Soledad O'Brien and Jon Alsop from the Columbia Journalism Review. Moderated by former Reuters editor Betty Wong. Convened by Baruch College. Link to register:

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February 4, 2021
February 11, 2021
  • Eric appears at Eastern Kentucky University's Chautauqua Lecture Series

    February 11, 2021  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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February 22, 2021
  • Eric speaks at Clarion University in Pennsylvania

    February 22, 2021  6:30 pm - 8:00 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