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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.

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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! Little ghosts and goblins will be robbing you of candy soon. But, once your kiddos go to sleep, you can always pick through their loot.

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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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Don Henley performs on “Austin City Limits;” Bernie Tiede is scheduled to appear in court; the governor sends the Dallas County sheriff a letter about immigration; and more.

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The rain kept falling and falling across Texas -- some parts of the state saw more than 20 inches in recent days. Here are five things you should know about the deluge:

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: texts and the Waco biker shootout case; a rainy weekend; the latest on Planned Parenthood in Texas; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: campus carry in Fort Worth; it’s raining, it’s pouring; Dallas police will increase their presence in Oak Lawn; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Norwegians are crazy for Texas; a Plano family sleeps in one big bed; Fort Worth police stop a DeLorean – kind of; and more.  

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Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding ring is now on display at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ahmed Mohamed is leaving Irving – and the U.S.; Oswald’s wedding ring is in Dallas; a Granbury driver says he swerved into a motorcycle because an insect bit him; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas kicks Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid; Ahmed Mohamed visits the White House; extreme drought enters D/FW; and more.

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It was a record-breaking State Fair of Texas.

The fair, which wrapped up Sunday, announced it sold $53.6 million in food and ride coupons this year, smashing the $42 million sold last year.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ahmed Mohamed heads to the White House; presidential candidates debate in Plano; the State Fair of Texas wraps up; and more.

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A video of a poetic love letter to Whataburger is going viral. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a grand jury considers the Waco biker shootout; Laura Bush’s quest to preserve Texas’ natural beauty; learn about Friday's Aurora event; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Bevo has cancer; an Alamo face-lift; Terminal F at D/FW International?; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: TCU off-campus parties are getting rowdier; a Texas Congress member plans to run for House speaker; the governor supports the “In God We Trust” police stickers; and more.

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