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Eric Aasen

Managing Editor

Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department. He also oversees keranews.org, 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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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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