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

July 27, 2021
  • Eric presents: "From Amos N Andy to A Black Lady Sketch Show: How the Comedic Voice of Black America Evolved on TV."

    July 27, 2021  10:30 am - 12:00 pm Chautauqua Institution, 1 Ames Ave, Chautauqua, NY 14722, USA

    NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans offers a compelling walk through the evolution of Black comedy on TV, beginning with Amos N Andy and Beulah, through Good Times, The Richard Pryor Show, The Cosby Show, Robert Townsend's Partners in Crime, The Chris Rock Show and many more. Details:

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August 4, 2021
  • Eric attends Aspen Institute panel: The Ethics of Journalistic Decisonmaking

    August 4, 2021  8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Greenwald Pavilion, Rio Grande Trail, Aspen, CO 81611, USA

    Featuring Eric Deggans, TV critic for NPR and contributor to MSNBC and NBC News, Joanne Lipman, author of “That’s What She Said: What Men Need to Know (and Women Need to Tell Them) About Working Together” and former editor-in-chief of USA TODAY/USA TODAY NETWORK, and Brian Stelter, CNN chief media correspondent and anchor of “Reliable Sources”, in conversation with Vivian Schiller, executive director of Aspen Digital. 

    The conversation will explore the changing nature of journalism in a polarized world and the ethics of journalistic decision-making. For more info:

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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