Bio, Pictures & Praise
Thomas Wolfe once said, "If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men ever know."
In his lifetime, Dr. Eric J. Chambers has been gifted with many talents and has tasted that triumph Thomas Wolfe spoke about. His most triumphant achievement came in the wee hours of July 17, 2013, at 2:30 AM when he received an e-mail notifying him that he was selected to receive the “Celebrity of Faith Award” and a coveted honorary doctorate degree from Next Dimension University, an accredited Bible college in Ontario, CA. “I was in total shock when I read that e-mail!” said Chambers. “I had to read it several times to let it sink in and make sure it said what it said! My heart was touched with compassion as I cried myself to sleep knowing the Lord has honored my faithfulness.” He received the doctorate on August 17, 2013, before a capacity crowd of nearly 2000 people.
On November 17, 2011, he created The CUT: The Chambers Urban TV Network, a Hollywood-based entertainment and news syndicate. It offers video reports to urban media all over the world~from Hollywood to South Africa. June 14, 2003, he launched his national TV show, “The Jazzspel with Eric J.” on The Word Network, the nation’s second-largest urban TV network based in Southfield, Michigan. Available in over 86 million US homes and worldwide, Dr. Chambers aired 137 episodes and was on TV a record 458 consecutive weeks!!!
The Hollywood-based reality program featured celebrity interviews and music videos. Among the guests who appeared are Beyoncé, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Arsenio Hall, Vivica A. Fox, R. Kelly, Toni Braxton, Tamar Braxton, Yolanda Adams, Stevie Wonder, Kanyé West, Gladys Knight, Loretta Devine, Kelly Rowland, Jason Alexander, Mark Wahlberg, and Magic Johnson to name a few.
Before The Word Network, for six years Chambers worked as an editor/producer for the CBS2 News in Hollywood where his career was decorated with four Emmy Awards and five Golden Mike Awards. He also served as an editor/reporter at KGTV10 (ABC) in San Diego, CA. He has also worked for ABC, NBC, Big Brother, The Amazing Race, The Reelz Channel, CNN, DirecTV, and NFL Network.
The accomplished documentary filmmaker’s works include “Storm Cloud Rising: I Wanna Go Home,” a compelling, heart-wrenching look at Hurricane Katrina’s effect on his native New Orleans, La., and its Gulf neighbors. Other works include “It's Something Wonderful About Truth: Remembering Emmett Louis Till” which includes a never-before-seen interview with Till’s mother, the late Mamie Till Mobley. And "Belleau Wood Departing: A Sailor's Story" is a military documentary set for release in 2014. It chronicles Dr. Chambers' career onboard the US Navy ship. He also covered President Barack Obama’s historic run for the White House and a plethora of Hollywood red carpet premieres and events.
Dr. Chambers appears on the 2013 audio bible, “The Bible Experience: New International Version,” directed by Chip Hurd. It stars Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Idris Elba, Bishop T.D. Jakes and more.
He launched his Jazzspel radio show on Smooth Jazz 98.1 KIFM in San Diego on July 10, 1994. The show aired a record 888 straight weeks! He started at the station as the news and public affairs director in 1993 and was the morning drive anchor. In January 2013, The Jazzspel re-launched in online syndication. On March 29, 2020, it returned to Smooth Jazz KIFM 98.1 HD2. You may listen live Sundays from 8 am - 10 am PST on kifm.com.
Dr. Chambers is the author of “The Love I Have For You: Breaking The Baby-Daddy Cycle with Fatherly Love,” a book about the importance of fathers being an integral part of their children’s lives. Rick Warren, the best-selling author of all times and author of “The Purpose Driven Life” endorsed the book. Dr. Chambers is currently writing his forthcoming book, “Dining With The Ancestors: When Heroes Come To Dinner.”
He began his journalism career on June 22, 1976, as a 13-year-old sportswriter for his hometown Slidell (La.) Daily Sentry-News, earning $3.00 per article. His first beat was covering little league baseball. He eventually covered high school and college sports, and professional wrestling.
In January 1982, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving as a radioman (communications specialist) and international morse code specialist with a Top Secret security clearance. During his navy career, he traveled to Africa, Australia, Japan, Thailand, The Philippines, Korea, and Hong Kong.
Chambers attended Southern University in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana; San Diego City College and San Diego State University in San Diego, California. He has a degree in Speech Communications. He is the single father of Aerica Noelle, his precious, daughter. They reside in Orange County, California.
Dr. Eric J. Chambers
Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library Yorba Linda, CA
Father 2 Child Commencement
San Diego, CA
4-Time Emmy / 5-Time Golden Mike Award Winner formerly with CBS in Hollywood
"Rejoice with those who rejoice."
Honorary Doctorate Degree
Next Dimension University * Ontario, CA
17 AUGUST 2013
"Runnin' Out of Daylight"
We Must Work While It's Day
Ordained COGIC Minister * San Diego, CA
23 OCTOBER 2011