Eric Aasen

Digital News Editor

Eric Aasen is KERA’s digital news editor. He oversees keranews.org, the station’s news website, and its blogs, Breakthroughs, and Class of 17. He also reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio.

Eric joined KERA in September 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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The High Five
8:16 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Greg Abbott Will Get A $20,000 Tax Refund, While Wendy Davis Gets An Extension

Gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott released his 2013 tax return -- he expects to get a $20,000 refund. He and his wife Cecilia earned more than $190,000.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: it’s tax time for the political candidates; GOP convention officials to visit Dallas soon; remembering Margaret Crow; and more.

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Texas News
7:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Dallas Is The Worst Outdoor City In America, Outside Magazine Declares

Message to Outside magazine, which declares Dallas is the worst outdoor city in the country: Dallas can certainly be outdoorsy. Ever been to White Rock Lake?
Laurie L. Snidow Shutterstock.com

Dallas isn’t outdoorsy, Outside magazine says. It calls Dallas “outdoor-challenged.” In fact, the magazine has declared that Dallas is the worst outdoor city in the country.

Outside surveyed the 50 biggest cities in the country. So how did the magazine crunch the numbers?

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Texas News
11:10 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

UT-Austin To Pluck Maroon Bluebonnets, But Flower Creator Says It's No Prank

In this undated photo, maroon bluebonnets were mixed in with more traditional bluebonnets near the Texas Capitol.
Texas A&M Aggie Horticulture

There’s another twist in the scandal that should be known as Bluebonnet-gate. Or maybe we should call it Maroonbonnet-gate?

That’s not exactly the color of choice for University of Texas Longhorns. So when maroon-and-white bluebonnets began sprouting in the shadow of the UT Tower this spring, the burnt-orange brigades saw red. Accusations flew.

Two Texas A&M horticulturists developed a maroon bluebonnet, but one told KERA he doesn’t think the UT version is the real thing.

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Bluebonnet Bonanza
6:32 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

15 Amazing Things You Should Know About Texas Bluebonnets

A classic Texas springtime scene: A field of beautiful bluebonnets.
Richard A McMillin shutterstock.com/gallery-1034824p1.html

It’s time for the bluebonnet bonanza.

For just a few sweet weeks across North Texas, bluebonnets are in bloom. But act fast: They don’t last long. They’re about to peak across the metro area. (You have until Easter weekend to catch the peak.) But the flowers should last through the end of April – and perhaps into early May if we’re lucky.

Texans have long been fascinated by bluebonnets. Join us as we travel virtually through the bluebonnets – you might just learn something new about Texas’ favorite flower.

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Texas News
2:30 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Conjoined Twin Boys Who Were Separated Are Set To Leave Dallas Hospital Wednesday

Owen and Emmett Ezell are expected to be released Wednesday from Medical City Children’s Hospital.
Medical City Children's

The conjoined twins who were separated last summer are one step closer to going home with their family.

Owen and Emmett Ezell are expected to be released Wednesday from Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas. They’ll head to a local inpatient rehabilitation center.

Instead of being hooked to breathing machines, the boys are breathing on their own, with the assistance of a trachea breathing tube.

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Real Estate
11:58 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Hot, Hot, Hot: In Dallas And Fort Worth, One In 10 Homes Sells Within Just 72 Hours

Homes are selling fast in Dallas-Fort Worth and across Texas.
aastock Shutterstock.com

The housing market in North Texas is hot, hot, hot.

It’s so hot that if you’re selling a home, be prepared to have a place to live – because it’s likely to sell quickly, according to a new national survey issued by the Redfin Research Center.

Dallas is ranked No. 5 on a list of the country’s fastest housing markets in March. In Dallas, 14 percent of homes sold within three days.

Fort Worth is ranked No. 8. Slightly more than 10 percent of Fort Worth homes sold within three days.

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The High Five
8:13 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Tonight, Dan Patrick And Julian Castro Square Off In An Immigration Debate

Tonight, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro debates state Sen. Dan Patrick about immigration reform.
Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: a high-profile immigration debate; tougher rules on fertilizer following the West explosion?; conjoined twins will soon go home; and more:

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KERA Weather Blog
7:15 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Low 30s In Texas In April?! Monday Night Was Very Cold; Tuesday Morning Is Chilly, Too

Monday night's going to be very cold across North Texas.
National Weather Service

How low did it go overnight?

At 7 a.m., D/FW International Airport recorded 37 degrees – not below freezing and not quite close to setting a record. The last time we recorded freezing temperatures at D/FW this late in April was back in 1997 – 32 degrees on April 13.

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The High Five
10:51 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Cow Head, Chicken Feet, Water Bugs: North Texas Stars In Tonight’s 'Bizarre Foods'

Andrew Zimmern and Chef Tim Byres with Chicken Scratch filled a bucket of beer that they'll use to marinate a cow head.
'Bizarre Foods America' Travel Channel

Five stories that have North Texas talking: North Texas stars in Andrew Zimmern’s TV show tonight; it’s going to get really cold tonight; Dallas' Jordan Spieth came close to winning the Masters; and more.

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West Explosion
10:32 am
Mon April 14, 2014

As West Explosion Anniversary Nears, State Fire Marshal Urges Safety Changes

Last April's fertilizer plant explosion in West killed 15 people.
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This week's anniversary of the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people brought Texas lawmakers back to the Capitol in Austin to consider tougher oversight of chemical facilities.

Investigators told a Texas House committee Monday that they're still not sure what sparked the fire.

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