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

October 11, 2019
  • Eric at the NPR Collective event

    October 11, 2019  9:00 am - 5:00 pm NPR Headquarters, 1111 North Capital St. NE, Washington DC, 20002

    Eric appears on a panel about the Business of Television during the NPR Collective, a two-day event bringing together NPR staffers with donors and fans to get a close look at how we do our work. More info here: https://www.nprcollective.org/schedule-day-1

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October 14, 2019
  • Eric in conversation with Candi Carter

    October 14, 2019  8:00 am - 10:00 am Poynter Institute for Media Studies, 801 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA

    Eric interviews Candi Carter, executive producer of The View, as part of Poynter's Leadership Academy for Diversity in Digital Media

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November 7, 2019
  • Eric teaches at Poynter's The Power of Diverse Voices workshop

    November 7, 2019  9:00 am - November 10, 2019  3:00 pm Poynter Institute for Media Studies, 801 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA

    Eric is among a team of instructors leading a transformative four-day seminar that helps journalists of color find their voice and build skills for writing opinion pieces and personal essays. Details here: https://www.poynter.org/the-power-of-diverse-voices-the-poynter-minority-writers-workshop/

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November 8, 2019
  • Eric teaches at Poynter's The Power of Diverse Voices workshop

    November 7, 2019  9:00 am - November 10, 2019  3:00 pm Poynter Institute for Media Studies, 801 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA

    Eric is among a team of instructors leading a transformative four-day seminar that helps journalists of color find their voice and build skills for writing opinion pieces and personal essays. Details here: https://www.poynter.org/the-power-of-diverse-voices-the-poynter-minority-writers-workshop/

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November 9, 2019
  • Eric teaches at Poynter's The Power of Diverse Voices workshop

    November 7, 2019  9:00 am - November 10, 2019  3:00 pm Poynter Institute for Media Studies, 801 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA

    Eric is among a team of instructors leading a transformative four-day seminar that helps journalists of color find their voice and build skills for writing opinion pieces and personal essays. Details here: https://www.poynter.org/the-power-of-diverse-voices-the-poynter-minority-writers-workshop/

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November 10, 2019
  • Eric teaches at Poynter's The Power of Diverse Voices workshop

    November 7, 2019  9:00 am - November 10, 2019  3:00 pm Poynter Institute for Media Studies, 801 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA

    Eric is among a team of instructors leading a transformative four-day seminar that helps journalists of color find their voice and build skills for writing opinion pieces and personal essays. Details here: https://www.poynter.org/the-power-of-diverse-voices-the-poynter-minority-writers-workshop/

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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