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. The 9-time Emmy and Golden Mike Award winner formerly of CBS in Hollywood, has had a fantastic career, and it's still going strong.
His journalism career began in 1976 as a 13-year-old sports writer for his hometown Slidell (La.) Daily Sentry News earning $3 per article covering little league baseball. And his professional TV career began in 1986 as a messenger in the mailroom at KGTV10 (ABC) in San Diego, where he also became a part-time reporter and fill-in anchor. Since then, his career has soared!
In the Fall of 2022, Dr. Chambers is launching a new urban entertainment TV show called The CUT Chronicles. Based in Hollywood, the show will feature celebrity interviews, plus segments on health, wealth, fashion, culture, and more.
On 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, the show became wildly popular. It aired nationally for nine years and had 137 episodes. It was on TV for a record 458 consecutive weeks!!!
Among the guests he's interviewed are Beyoncé, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Arsenio Hall, Vivica A. Fox, Toni Braxton, Tamar Braxton, Yolanda Adams, Stevie Wonder, Kanyé West, Gladys Knight, Loretta Devine, Kelly Rowland, Fred Hammond, Howard Hewett, Jason Alexander, Mark Wahlberg, Jon Lovitz, Oscar de la Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Shaquille O'Neal, Chante Moore, Evander Holyfield, Jane Seymour, Paris Hilton, and Magic Johnson to name a few.
Before launching The Jazzspel TV show, for six years, Chambers worked as an editor/producer at CBS2 News in Hollywood, where his career was decorated with four Emmys and five Golden Mike Awards. He has also worked at ABC, NBC, Big Brother, The Amazing Race, The Reelz Channel, CNN, DirecTV, and NFL Network.
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.
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, who became his surrogate grandmother. And "Belleau Wood Departing: A Sailor's Story" is a military documentary. 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 in the 2013 audio bible, “The Bible Experience: New International Version,” directed by Chip Hurd. It stars Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Idris Elba, and 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 for 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 can listen live Sundays from 8 am - 10 am PST on KIFM.com.
Dr. Chambers is the author of five books: “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. His second book is “Dining With The Ancestors: When Heroes Come To Dinner.” It is a Black History coffee table picture book. He interviewed over 400 celebrities, asking if they could dine with anyone in history, who it would be, and what the conversation would consist of. In the summer of 2022, he released two more books in his "I Want To Know You Series." They include "Mama, I Want To Know You: A Living Journal of History Still In The Making" and "Daddy, I Want To Know You: A Journal of Living History Still in The Making." In the Fall of 2022, he will release "Honey, I Want To Know You: A Journal for Couples." Each book offers prompt questions that, when answered, will provide greater insight into who people are and their history.
One of his most triumphant achievements 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 a coveted honorary doctorate and “Celebrity of Faith Award” from Next Dimension University, an accredited Bible college in Ontario, CA. “I was completely shocked when I read that e-mail!” said Chambers. “I had to read it several times to let it sink in and ensure it said what it said! My heart was touched with compassion as I cried to sleep knowing the Lord honored my faithfulness.” He received the doctorate degree on August 17, 2013, before a capacity crowd of nearly 2000 people in Ontario, California.
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, Fullerton College, 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