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 14, 2021
  • Eric appears at Double Exposure Festival to speak on journalism during COVID

    October 14, 2021  3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Eric speaks on a panel called UNDER COVER OF COVID: The coronavirus pandemic is reshaping the ground rules for accountability journalism. In the U.S., the pandemic has nudged the judiciary toward greater acceptance of cameras in the courtroom and virtual attendance of trials, while also rendering it more difficult for journalists, filmmakers and the public to access physical materials related to trials. This panel will examine the enduring consequences of the pandemic for investigative journalists and documentary filmmakers.

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October 15, 2021
  • Eric appears at Story Movements convening

    October 15, 2021 Center for Media and Social Impact, American University

    Eric speaks on a panel called Expanding the Lens in the Future of Entertainment Storytelling

    Powerful creative energy is emerging from an exciting class of storytellers working across platforms and shifting old media and entertainment business models, from the formal TV business to digital and social platforms. They are expanding the lens of stories and lived experiences made available on small and big screens.

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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