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

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

    September 24, 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 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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September 26, 2020
September 30, 2020
  • Eric at University of Delaware event: Fact v Fiction: Presidents in Hollywood.

    September 30, 2020

    This panel will feature political minds from Washington D.C. to Hollywood to examine portrayals of the White House and the real thing. Panel includes: 

    Howard Gordon, a critically acclaimed television writer and producer, co-created the award-winning breakout series Homeland. Gordon was also the executive producer of the television series 2424: Live Another DayTyrant, and 24: Legacy. A twenty-five-year industry veteran, Gordon first gained national attention for his award-winning work on the groundbreaking series The X-Files, for which he won multiple Golden Globes.

    John Mankiewicz is an Emmy-nominated television and film executive producer and screenwriter. He co-created the 2020 true-crime drama series Interrogation. He was co-executive producer for Bosch, and he co-created the television series The Street. He wrote and produced the first two seasons of the medical drama, House. A former journalist, he has contributed to EsquireRolling Stone, and most recently, the New Yorker. He was a columnist and beat reporter for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. A musician, he played guitar with Kinky Friedman, and was the musical director of Turn Ben Stein On, a talk show on Comedy Central.

    Steve Schmidt, a University of Delaware alumnus and CPC founding senior fellow, is one of the premier public affairs and campaign strategists in the country. In December 2019, he co-founded The Lincoln Project, a political action committee, after formally leaving the GOP. He regularly appears on national news programs including those on MSNBC. Schmidt has worked on numerous Republican campaigns, most notably managing daily operations of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 re-election campaign. He also served as an adviser for President George W. Bush.

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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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October 12, 2020
  • Eric speaks at Awty International School in Houston

    October 12, 2020  9:00 am - 11:00 am

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October 21, 2020
  • Eric speaks at Union College in New York

    October 21, 2020  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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October 22, 2020
  • Eric speaks at Auburn University Journalism Day

    October 22, 2020  10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Eric is featured speaker for the Auburn University Journalism Day, addressing journalism, communications, and public relations, graduate and undergraduate students and faculty and invited journalists working in the state of Alabama

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October 23, 2020
  • Eric speaks as general interest speaker at Auburn University

    October 23, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Eric is University/Community wide - Featured Speaker

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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