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
7:22 am
Wed April 23, 2014

As Gov. Rick Perry Visits New York, He's Under Investigation In Texas

Gov. Rick Perry is under investigation regarding whether he abused his power in Austin.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the U.S. Chemical Safety Board says the West fertilizer plant could have been prevented; Austin City Limits announces its lineup; Gov. Rick Perry talks up Texas in New York; and more.

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The High Five
12:15 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

In Texas, We Love To Talk And Text And Email (And Check Facebook) While We Drive

Texans love to text -- and do other stuff -- and drive, according to a new study.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: how many Texans text while driving?; University of Texas at Dallas alums score big on “Shark Tank;” Wichita Falls is short on water; and more.

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Architecture
12:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Jeff Whittington Says Dallas City Hall Should Be Demolished (Well, Kind Of)

Dallas City Hall was designed by I.M. Pei, the famous architect.
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Are local journalists more in touch with the public's views on Dallas architecture than actual architects?

On Monday night, architects, local politicians, journalists and others gathered to compete in “Firmily Feud,” an architecture game show based on “Family Feud,” the classic game show. Four teams faced off: developers vs. the press; the city of Dallas vs. non-profits.

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Arts & Culture
4:30 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

For 120 Years, Four Generations Of One Family Photograph North Texas

Dance school girls, 1949.
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For more than 100 years, a family of Fort Worth photographers has captured vivid scenes across Dallas-Fort Worth and around the state. Four generations of Williams photographers have shot thousands of images, ranging from Pancho Villa's soldiers to author Larry McMurtry, from western landscapes to street life in Fort Worth.

The University of North Texas recently acquired thousands of these pictures. KERA’s Anne Bothwell talked with Byrd Williams IV, whose photos, along with those of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, are included in the collection.

Together, the family has captured more than 100 years of North Texas history. The collection includes more than 10,000 prints and 300,000 negatives.

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The High Five
7:34 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Thanks To The Drought, A Woman’s Remains Are Discovered In Lake Granbury

A look at Lake Granbury last month. Drought conditions helped authorities spot a pickup truck in the lake last week. Inside were a woman's remains. Authorities suggest the remains belong to Helen Holladay, missing since 1979.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Has a missing woman’s remains been discovered?; remembering William Blair Jr., Dallas is a basketball and hockey playoff team (at least for now); and more:

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Beer!
12:00 am
Sun April 20, 2014

Cheers! Meet The Brewmasters Behind The North Texas Craft Beer Craze

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In the past few years, North Texas has gone from a brewery desert to one of the country’s hubs for craft beer.

Credit new state laws and imaginative brewmeisters who are getting creative and creating tasty pints. A few North Texas beer scientists recently discussed the craft beer craze on “Think,” KERA’s midday talk show.

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The High Five
12:42 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

A Barbecue Showdown: North Texas Pitmaster Competes On National BBQ Show

Here's some of the barbecue served up at Meat Church in Waxahachie. (Looks good, doesn't it?) Meat Church pitmaster Matt Pitman is competing on a national barbecue show Saturday night.
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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A local barbecue guru competes on a national show; Glenn Beck expands his media empire; an earthquake hit Dallas Thursday; and more:

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West Explosion: One Year Later
11:21 am
Fri April 18, 2014

On Anniversary Of Explosion, West Pays Tribute -- And Looks Forward

“We remember those fallen, but we also have a fantastic story of rebuilding this town," says West Mayor Tommy Muska.
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Update, Friday afternoon: Today, the morning after a citywide memorial, KERA’s Doualy Xaykaothao talked with Amber Adamson, author of an upcoming book called “The Last Alarm: First Responders’ Stories of the West Explosion.”

The KERA Radio Story.

Update, Thursday afternoon: A year after a deadly explosion, West is rebuilding.

The small central Texas town paid tribute Thursday night to 15 people killed a year ago when a fertilizer plant exploded in a ball of fire. The blast injured hundreds of people, destroyed homes and schools and left a nearly 100 foot-wide crater.

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West Explosion: One Year Later
10:11 am
Fri April 18, 2014

‘They Want To Be Normal:’ Dallas Writer Who Grew Up In West Reflects On His Hometown

"Everybody I talked to -- they seem like they’ve bounced back," Zac Crain with D Magazine says about West. He grew up in the small town, which was rocked by a fertilizer plant explosion in April 2013.
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D Magazine’s Zac Crain is Facebook friends with practically half the town of West. He grew up just 500 yards from the fertilizer plant that exploded a year ago. He talked with KERA about life after the explosion. “It worried me that it was a town that could die out," he said. Crain reflected on the town the morning after the explosion. (Here's an expanded version.) Crain also profiled the town for D in July.

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Sports
12:48 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Dallas Is Both A Basketball And Hockey Playoff Town (For Now)

It's playoff time for Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. They face the San Antonio Spurs this weekend. Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars are also in the playoffs -- against the Anaheim Ducks.
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For the first time since 2008, Dallas is a basketball -- and hockey -- playoff town.

The Dallas Stars started their first postseason run in six years Wednesday night against the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks in California. (The Ducks defeated the Stars in the first game, 4-3. Game 2 is 9 p.m. Friday in California.)

Their basketball brethren, the Dallas Mavericks, are harboring some long-shot dreams, too: They start the NBA playoffs this weekend, their first postseason appearance since 2012.

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