NPR NEWS HIRES ERIC DEGGANS AS TV CRITIC AND CORRESPONDENT
August 1, 2013; Washington, D.C. – Media critic Eric Deggans (@Deggans) is joining NPR News as a TV critic and correspondent. Deggans, a longtime TV and media critic at the Tampa Bay Times, begins reporting fulltime for NPR in October. Deggans' work is widely recognized, and tomorrow, he will be honored at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention as the recipient of its 2013 Arts & Entertainment Task Force Legacy Award, given to a veteran A&E journalist that has set an example for others in the field.
Deggans has contributed media criticism and commentary to NPR for the past several years, producing radio pieces and appearing regularly to discuss TV and media on all of its news programs. He brought his deft understanding of media to NPR's coverage of the Trayvon Martin case and the relationship between TV and real-world violence, and has also contributed to NPR's race, ethnicity and culture blog Code Switch. In this newly created role of TV critic and correspondent, Deggans will continue to bring audiences his distinct perspective on television, media and cultural criticism, and offer context on entertainment trends and their intersection with society and culture in America today.
"For many years, I have been a fan of NPR's super smart journalism and I often fantasized of what it might be like to join their ranks as a contributor," says Deggans. "A position like this one is beyond my wildest dreams; I'm honored and excited by the opportunity to help shape NPR's coverage of television and pop culture."
Deggans joined the Tampa Bay Times in 1995 as a pop music critic, moving to the TV beat in 1997. He spent 2004 on the Times editorial board before returning to the arts desk, first as media writer in 2005, then again as TV critic in 2006. He is the author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation.
"We are thrilled that Eric is joining NPR, and going to be part of a team that will enhance our coverage of one of the most important social forces in our time, the impact of TV," says Madhulika Sikka, Executive Editor of NPR News.
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