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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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Five stories that have North Texas talking: no indictments in Sandra Bland jail death; Dallas mayor welcomes refugees; a fundraiser for Bernie Tiede; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: more immigrant children coming to North Texas; former state lawmaker Chris Harris has died; Dallas Zoo gets a mystery donation; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the feds join the search for the so-called “affluenza” teen; a judge rules against the Texas foster care system; a science experiment stirs up controversy; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Austin welcomes Google’s fancy cars; authorities are looking for the so-called “affluenza” teen; “The Force Awakens” opens tonight; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a nativity debate in Orange; Allen ISD gets money for its stadium woes; Texas A&M scales back its Israel campus plans; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a fight against panhandlers in Fort Worth; the Lewisville Lake Dam could be in trouble; a Dallas school board member gets a promotion; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a Dallas winner at the Dallas Marathon; UNT police officer shoots and kills an ax-wielding student; the Dallas Cowboys lose (again); and more.

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Update, Friday afternoon: The first group of immigrant children arrived in Ellis County late Friday afternoon. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Serial is back; undocumented children arrive in North Texas today; Greg Abbott’s dog turns 1; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: hundreds of undocumented children coming to North Texas; Fort Worth Zoo welcomes a gorilla; a fake mass shooting demonstration won’t happen at UT-Austin; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a small-town police chief tells residents to apply for gun permits; more efforts to keep refugees out of the U.S.; Ted Cruz talks about refugees and Donald Trump; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Leon Bridges earns a Grammy nomination; Ted Cruz is leading in Iowa; Tony Romo hosts a sleepover; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Darth Vader as Fort Worth police officer?; a proposal to secede from the U.S. has been voted down; Leon Bridges appears on "SNL;" and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: McKinney firefighter gets a lot of attention for rescuing a dog; a popular Oak Cliff bookstore turns off Wi-Fi; 2015 is the wettest year on record in Dallas-Fort Worth; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: more colleges don’t want campus carry; Texas is suing to block Syrian refugees; the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System is under the microscope; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a dog gets on the wrong plane at DFW airport; suicides are skyrocketing in Texas prisons; could the Texas Rangers move to Dallas?; and more.

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This year is the wettest on record in North Texas. And the rain won’t go away! 

Here’s what you should know about our wet and wild 2015.

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On this day 60 years ago, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Ala. Today, Dallas Area Rapid Transit is honoring her by reserving the front seat of more than 500 DART buses.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Charlie Brown is up for auction; a Dallas Plan Commissioner is kicked off a plane; today is World AIDS Day; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: showing support for Irving mosque; the Chinese love Texas real estate; UT-Arlington’s basketball team attracts national attention; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: an act of kindness in Pflugerville is going viral; Tony Romo is ready to return Sunday; remembering KERA’s Glenn Mitchell; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: academic experts won’t vet Texas textbooks; Joe Biden loves the proposed Texas bullet train; the future of Fair Park; and more.

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On Wednesday, Dallas City Council members discussed the future of Fair Park -- specifically a proposal to have a nonprofit group manage the park. Here’s what you should know about the plans for Fair Park’s future.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: laser strikes planes near Dallas; could a casino open in Texas?; Dallas’ anti-discrimination ordinance attracts some heat; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: highways are bad in Dallas-Fort Worth; a gas war in Stephenville; a terminally ill “Star Wars” fan has died after seeing the new movie; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: some Texas utilities offer free electricity at night; Texas gets a bad grade for government transparency; Ted Cruz doesn’t care that GOP politicians don’t care for him; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: JFK limousine license plates sell at auction; George W. Bush talks about his father; an alligator rescue in a parking lot; and more.

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Dallas consistently ranks in the middle in the Trust For Public Land’s ParkScore index, which rates park space. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. City officials, however, hope to change that. The Belo Foundation last week gave Dallas $30 million to build four parks downtown.

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Boo! Did we scare you? Happy Halloween, y’all! To get you in the mood, here’s a frightening Halloween roundup. (OK, it’s not too scary – we are public media, after all …)

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: God makes for a controversial school assignment; gentrification in Dallas; ‘Bums vs. Billionaires’ at a Plano school; and more.

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