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Eric Aasen

Managing Editor

Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. He also oversees, the station’s news website, and manages the station's digital news projects. He reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio. He's discussed breaking news live on various public radio programs, including The Takeaway, Here & Now and Texas Standard, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

In 2015, Eric was part of a KERA team that won a national Online Journalism Award. In 2017, KERA earned a station-record eight regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Overall Excellence. Also in 2017, KERA was nominated for a national Online Journalism Award for the station's coverage of the deadly Dallas police shooting.

Eric joined KERA in 2013 after 11 years as a reporter at The Dallas Morning News. His subjects ranged from the fiery demise of Big Tex (the iconic State Fair of Texas cowboy), to a friendly goose who helped children cross a busy street to school. He’s won numerous awards, including honors from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors for his feature writing and breaking news reporting.

A Minnesota native, Eric has wanted to be a journalist since he was in the third grade. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from DePauw University in Indiana, where he earned a political science degree and served as editor-in-chief of The DePauw student newspaper.

Eric and his wife, who’s also a journalist, have a daughter and son.

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North Texas just recorded its warmest year on record.

In 2017, the average temperature in Dallas-Fort Worth was 69.8 degrees, and that beat the previous record of 69.3 degrees in 2012, the National Weather Service says.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The South Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services will be demolished.

Pastor Frank Pomeroy says it would be too painful to continue using First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs as a place of worship, the Associated Press reports.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: A Confederate plaque in the Texas Capitol may be closer to coming down.

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Across Texas, city officials are critical of the special session agenda set by Gov. Greg Abbott -- they say many of the items are basically an attempt by state lawmakers to influence what city leaders do at the local level.

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The Texas Legislature’s special session starts Tuesday. At the top of Gov. Greg Abbott’s education agenda: school choice for special-needs students.

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It’s getting harder for people in Dallas-Fort Worth and other big cities in Texas to find affordable homes or apartments because the cost of housing is outpacing salaries.

That’s according to a new report from Harvard University.

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Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington are among a handful of North Texas cities holding runoff elections on Saturday to fill city council and school board seats.

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U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual rankings of the best high schools in the country. The Dallas school district’s School for the Talented and Gifted dropped to fourth place – after five straight years as the No. 1 school. A charter school in Scottsdale, Arizona, took the top spot.

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Robert Wilson, who brought Jim Lehrer and Monty Python to American television audiences while leading KERA during its early years, died today after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 75. 

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Another election day is fast approaching. Cities, school districts and other local governments across North Texas are gearing up for municipal elections on May 6. Early voting starts next Monday. In Tarrant County, there are some crowded races for dozens of open seats, and a whole host of questions about taxes and bonds that voters across the county will decide.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The strict voter ID law that Texas passed six years ago took another body blow today. A federal judge ruled for a second time that the law was intentionally crafted to discriminate against minorities.

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Opening statements are expected to begin Thursday morning in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price.

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At the Texas Capitol in Austin, battle lines are sharpening around one of this year’s biggest fights over social issues. It’s a battle over bathrooms, specifically which bathrooms transgender people should be allowed to use. 


The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

More Texas lawmakers are calling for the state to end straight-ticket voting. That’s when a person can vote for one political party down the ballot. Most states do not allow straight-ticket voting.


Credit rating agency Moody's has once again downgraded the city of Dallas bond rating. It means the city will pay more interest on new debt. The agency cited, in part, the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund. It could go broke in about a decade if changes are not made.

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The State Fair of Texas is underway at Fair Park. For nearly 65 years, Big Tex, the giant cowboy, has stood over the fair, greeting visitors.  Here’s a history lesson.


It’s a big day for our very own Sam Baker. The local host of "Morning Edition" is marking his 25th anniversary at KERA.

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The Dallas Police Department says it plans on spending $32 million in overtime this fiscal year – more than the $17 million budgeted.

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Juan Williams was in North Texas last week, speaking at events sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth. He’s written a new book called “We The People.” He explores modern-day Americans who extend the Founding Fathers’ original vision of the United States.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Several downtown Dallas buildings this week have become makeshift conference centers, classrooms, and deal sites for entrepreneurs and investors.

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The top 10 percent rule in Texas gives high-performing high school students automatic admission into the best public universities in the state. But that doesn’t always mean top students from low-income backgrounds will attend.

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Dallas officials took a big step toward preserving something unusual in the city – and it’s not an old building. It’s a natural spring.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Tonya Couch is out of jail; an update on the McKinney pool party; remembering David Bowie; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: guns in psychiatric hospitals; no one won the huge Powerball lotto; Ted Cruz suggests Hillary Clinton should be spanked; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a unique delivery in Plano; Tonya Couch is back in Texas; what hunters think of Texas gun laws; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: indictments in an ongoing Texas biker rivalry; the Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland is charged with perjury; PETA honors the McKinney Fire Department; and more.

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The new year brought a new law that’s generated a lot of heat in Texas – the open carry of handguns. Here's a look at what open carry means for Texas.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the more popular dog names in Texas; open carry has arrived; another loss for the Cowboys; and more.

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If you drive around North Texas, you’re often stuck in traffic. Go around the state and it’s even worse.

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Folks who visited in 2015 were especially interested in a Texas bucket list, Sandra Bland, a bike superhighway, rainy weather, and getting school kids more time on the playground.