Eric Deggans Joins NPR News
August 2, 2013 at 4:03 AM (PT)
TAMPA BAY TIMES media critic ERIC DEGGANS is joining NPR NEWS as a TV critic and correspondent, starting his full-time work for the network in OCTOBER.
DEGGANS, a TIMES staffer since 1995 after a stint at the ASBURY PARK PRESS, has been a contributor to NPR for several years; he is also the author of the recent book "Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation." He will be honored tomorrow with the 2013 Arts & Entertainment Task Force Legacy Award at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK JOURNALISTS' annual convention.
"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," said 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."
"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," added NPR NEWS Exec. Editor MADHULIKA SIKKA.