Eric Aasen

Managing Editor

Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department. 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.

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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Lauren Silverman / KERA News

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.

Save Pemberton's Big Spring-Trinity Forest / Facebook

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.

Rodger Mallison / Fort Worth Star-Telegram/pool photo

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.

The Medical Center of Plano

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.

Waco Police Department/Facebook / Facebook

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.

Mary Rice /

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.

Jen R / Flickr

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