Eric Deggans will join NPR News full time in October as a TV critic and correspondent.
Deggans will be honored at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention as the recipient of its 2013 Arts & Entertainment Task Force Legacy Award.
He has contributed to NPR for several years, producing radio pieces and appearing regularly on its news programs to discuss TV and media. He also covered the Trayvon Martin case, including the relationship between TV and violence. Deggans has also contributed to NPR’s race, ethnicity and culture blog Code Switch.
In this newly-created role of TV critic and correspondent, he will offer his perspective on television, media and cultural criticism, as well as context on entertainment trends and their intersection with society and culture in America today, a release explained.
Deggans is currently a TV and media critic at the Tampa Bay Times, which he joined 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.”