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

January 28, 2020
  • Eric interviews PBS president Paula Kerger

    January 28, 2020 Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

    The keynote event is part of the Real Screen Summit 2020. https://summit.realscreen.com/2020/

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February 11, 2020
  • Eric speaks at Kent State University

    February 11, 2020 Kent State University, 800 E Summit St, Kent, OH 44240, USA

    Eric delivers the 2nd annual Dix Lecture in Media Ethics

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February 26, 2020
March 9, 2020
  • Eric keynotes Black History Month event

    March 9, 2020 Imani Christian Academy, 2150 E Hills Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15221, USA

    Eric speaks on code switching and media

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March 13, 2020
March 14, 2020
March 27, 2020
  • Eric appears at Tiger Bay Club luncheon

    March 27, 2020  11:30 am - 1:00 pm The Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba, Tampa, FL 33605, USA

    Eric joins a panel of local journalists and educators to speak on journalism and the 2020 election

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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