Best Of 2011

BEST LOCAL VOICE FOR MEDIA: Eric Deggans

A frequent guest commentator on CNN and MSNBC, Deggans started out as the pop music critic over at the St. Petersburg Times back in 1995. He has since served as TV critic, reporter, lecturer and adjunct professor, and was president for eight years of the Tampa Bay chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists — and still manages stints as a touring bass player and drummer. In his current role as media critic, Deggans regularly provides ethical reporting, balanced commentary, the latest celebrity scoop, as well as analysis of why we’re so fascinated with celebrity scoop. We’re proud to know him, and still get excited when his face is on the television. @deggans.