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Eric Deggans

TV Critic

Eric Deggans is NPR's first full-time TV critic, also serving as media analyst and guest host for the network.

Deggans came to NPR in 2013 from the Tampa Bay Times, where he served as TV/Media Critic and in other roles for nearly 20 years. A journalist for more than 30 years, he is also the author of "Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation," a look at how prejudice, racism and sexism fuels some elements of modern media, published in October 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Deggans also serves as an adjunct instructor at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy and Indiana University's Media School. He teaches classes on race, media, reporting and writing.

He is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and chair of the Media Monitoring Committee for the National Association of Black Journalists. From 2017 to 2022, he served as a media analyst/contributor for MSNBC and NBC News and, in August 2013, he guest-hosted CNN's media analysis show Reliable Sources several times.

In 2019, Deggans served as the first African American chairman of the board of educators, journalists and media experts who select the George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in electronic media. His one-year tenure as chair capped a total six years he served on the board of jurors.

From 2004 to 2005, Deggans sat on the then-St. Petersburg Times editorial board and wrote bylined opinion columns (in 2011, the newspaper changed its name to the Tampa Bay Times). From 1997 to 2004, he worked as TV critic for the Times, crafting reviews, news stories and long-range trend pieces on the state of the media industry both locally and nationally. He originally joined the paper as its pop music critic in November 1995. He has worked at the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey and both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Press newspapers in Pennsylvania.

Additionally, he worked as a professional drummer in the 1980s, touring and performing with Motown recording artists The Voyage Band throughout the Midwest and in Osaka, Japan. He continues to perform with area bands and recording artists as a drummer, bassist and vocalist.

Deggans earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and journalism from Indiana University.

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Friday

Comcast plans to offer a new streaming bundle. Is streaming the new cable?

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Wednesday

Stand-up comic W. Kamau Bell is featured in Black Twitter: A People's History. Hulu/Disney hide caption

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Friday

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Can Netflix build a factory for appointment TV?

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"It warms my heart to know that little Black kids out there will be like, 'Oh, I can be The Doctor,'" Ncuti Gatwa says. "It feels like a huge, lovely responsibility." Disney hide caption

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New 'Doctor Who' star Ncuti Gatwa feels 'sad' for critics of show's diversity

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Netflix tries more live programming with standup specials and Tom Brady roast

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Friday

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Bon Jovi docuseries 'Thank You, Goodnight' is an argument for respect

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Friday

Conan O'Brien is defining a new way forward for former late night hosts

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Thursday

Saturday

The Evans family in Netflix's Good Times: Jay Pharoah as Junior, Marsai Martin as Grey, Yvette Nicole Brown as Beverly, Gerald Anthony "Slink" Johnson as Dalvin and J.B. Smoove as Reggie. Netflix hide caption

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Wednesday

Hiroyuki Sanada in FX's Shogun. Katie Yu/FX hide caption

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Friday

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New Steve Martin documentary spotlights a comedy legend with nothing left to prove

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Wednesday

'3 Body Problem' presents a fascinating take on an alien invasion story

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Saturday

Thursday

4 female reporters tackle corruption and conflicts of interest in 'Girls on the Bus'

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Monday

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Returning characters revive 'The Walking Dead' in 'The Ones Who Live'

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Sunday

Shane Gillis returned to host Saturday Night Live five years after he was fired from the show. Above, Gillis performs at the Stand Up For Heroes Benefit in November 2023 in New York City. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bob Woodruff Foundation hide caption

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Saturday

The Walking Dead spinoff 'The Ones Who Live' is an ambitious attempt to reach new eyes

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Tuesday

The Bachelor producers Jason Ehrlich, Claire Freeland and Bennett Graebner answered questions at the TV Critics Association's winter press tour. PictureGroup/Disney hide caption

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Monday

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Tuesday

Sunday's Super Bowl was the most watched telecast in U.S. TV history

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Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show' return is so smooth, it's like he never left

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Monday