Eric Aasen | KERA News

Eric Aasen

Managing Editor

Eric Aasen is KERA’s managing editor. He helps lead the station's news department, including radio and digital reporters, producers and newscasters. 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, as well as radio and TV programs in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

In 2015, Eric was part of a KERA team that won a national Online Journalism Award. In 2017, KERA earned a station-record eight regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Overall Excellence. Also in 2017, KERA was nominated for a national Online Journalism Award for the station's coverage of the deadly Dallas police shooting.

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.

Ways to Connect

Blanscape / Shutterstock.com

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.

Arina P Habich / Shutterstock.com

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

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.

Arina P Habich / Shutterstock

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 / Shutterstock.com

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 Creative Commons

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

All For You/Shutterstock.com

Folks who visited KERANews.org in 2015 were especially interested in a Texas bucket list, Sandra Bland, a bike superhighway, rainy weather, and getting school kids more time on the playground. 

BJ Austin / KERA News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: 2015 was a very wet year; Ethan Couch's mother is back in the U.S.; the best movies of 2015; and more.

s_bukley/Shutterstock.com

Five stories that have North Texas talking: what did Texas search for on Google in 2015?; outrage over Ethan Couch; a police chief delivers a baby; and more.

Stephanie Kuo / KERA News

Saturday’s North Texas tornadoes caused at least $1 billion in damages.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Before Ethan Couch and his mother fled to Mexico, they held a going-away party. Then they hopped in a pick-up truck and drove to the border.

ABC News screenshot

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ethan Couch has been found in Mexico; more on the North Texas tornadoes; Texas sues the EPA – again; and more.

National Weather Service / Twitter/@NWSFortWorth

Twelve tornadoes raced through North Texas Saturday night, killing 11 people and damaging hundreds of homes. 

Facebook

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.

Hriana / Shutterstock.com

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.

ABC News screenshot

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.

Google

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.

Andy Jacobsohn / The Dallas Morning News/pool photo

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.

Twitter/@Ansardeenfront

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.

Dallas Marathon / Facebook

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.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

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

f11photo / Shutterstock.com

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.

Fort Worth Zoo

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.

Shutterstock.com

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.

CBS/Late Late Show

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.

Fort Worth Police / YouTube

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.

First Response Photography

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.

Pages