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

Mar
29
Fri
all-day Keynote: Indiana University Bice... @ IU Northwest
Keynote: Indiana University Bice... @ IU Northwest
Mar 29 all-day
Keynote: Indiana University Bicentennial 2020 Educational Conference @ IU Northwest
Keynote: Indiana University Bicentennial 2020 Educational Conference March 29 – Keynote address for Indiana University Northwest Bicentennial Education Conference. The event is organized to explore issues related to educational success and achievement in Northwest Indiana.[...]
Apr
2
Tue
all-day Speech: Building Bridges, Not W... @ Butler University
Speech: Building Bridges, Not W... @ Butler University
Apr 2 all-day
Speech:  Building Bridges, Not Walls @ Butler University
 “Building Bridges, Not Walls: Decoding Media’s Confusing coverage of Race, Gender and Difference.” Location: Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208.Read More about Speech: Building Bridges, Not Walls
May
18
Sat
all-day George Foster Peabody Awards @ Cipriani Wall Street
George Foster Peabody Awards @ Cipriani Wall Street
May 18 all-day
George Foster Peabody Awards @ Cipriani Wall Street
78th annual George Foster Peabody Awards May 18 – Eric appears as chair of the board of jurors at the 78th annual George Foster Peabody Awards, held in New York City. Among the many things[...]

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