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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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State Fair of Texas

Five stories that have North Texas talking: the State Fair of Texas opens today; watch Big Tex bust a move; an 80-year-old Fort Worth man goes viral; and more.

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Pope Francis addresses the United Nations this morning. Watch the livestream below:

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Pope Francis addressed Congress this morning. Watch the address below.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: A brown bear injures a Plano moose hunter; Fort Worth names a new police chief; no selfie sticks at the State Fair of Texas; and more.

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Pope Francis arrived in the United States on Tuesday. This morning, he met with President Barack Obama at the White House. Then he greeted thousands of people in a parade as he traveled via popemobile.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: more on the Ahmed Mohamed case; the latest on a Texas secession effort; Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood celebrate a birthday; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ahmed Mohamed withdraws from Irving ISD; the Dallas County district attorney extends her leave of absence; the Cowboys’ Tony Romo will miss two months; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: survey examines Texas and happiness; the Cowboys’ Tony Romo got hurt during Sunday’s game; celebrating gay pride in North Texas; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Donald Trump does Dallas; Mark Cuban says he could top Trump and others; exploring Texas city rivalries; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Donald Trump campaigns in Dallas tonight; the Cowboys score a last-minute victory; more Cubans are coming to Texas; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: folks give the Alamo and Big Bend bad Yelp reviews; marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; Meadows Museum gets more Spanish art; and more.

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Paleoanthropologist Lee Berger, who discovered a new human-like species, is coming to Dallas. He’ll speak at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science Sept. 29. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the latest on the Sandra Bland lawsuit; Alice Walton is selling her ranch; remembering Ebby Halliday; and more.

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Ebby Halliday, the down-home grande dame of the North Texas real estate scene, died in her sleep Tuesday night. She was 104.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: more on the football players accused of hitting a referee; Fort Worth schools have a new leader; a teen selfie goes viral; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: two football players hit a referee; a crossing guard is back on the job in Trophy Club; Larry McMurtry gets a White House honor; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas’ slang word is ‘hoss;’ Dan Patrick says there’s war on police; a college student is riding a Barbie Jeep around campus; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Arlington doesn't care for tourists?; Christian Taylor's autopsy released; Garland officer is called a hero; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Farmers Branch City Council says ‘no’ to a gun range; police body cameras arrive in Dallas; a year since the disappearance of Christina Morris; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Texas isn’t great for motorists; a super PAC for Rick Perry; Blue Bell is back; and more.

State Fair of Texas

Five stories that have North Texas talking: the king and queen of State Fair food are crowned; UT-Austin removes the Jefferson Davis statue; more on the Harris County deputy shooting; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ken Paxton appears in court; the SPCA removes scores of animals from an area home; Fifty Shades of Grey has a North Texas connection; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Dallas County district attorney is taking a leave of absence; Dr. James “Red” Duke has died; a Texas teen is battling a brain-eating amoeba; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: get ready for veggie corny dogs at the State Fair of Texas; Jeb Bush gets testy when asked about “anchor babies;” Texas A&M picks its quarterback; and more.

Blue Bell / Instagram

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Blue Bell announces its first flavor; it’s time to head back to school; freestanding ERs are taking off across the state; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: MegaFest is in Dallas; Parkland Hospital moves into a new facility; watch a large sculpture get dismantled in the Dallas Arts District; and more.

NorthPark Center

NorthPark Center turned 50 this week. In 1965, Raymond and Patsy Nasher transformed a Dallas cotton field into a shopping center that is now one of the top-performing malls in the country.

It generates more than a billion dollars in sales a year, and remains a family business. Daughter and NorthPark co-owner Nancy Nasher sat down with Eric Aasen to talk about how she got into the business.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a Texas female pilot finishes the elite Army Ranger school; a ruling on Houston’s anti-discrimination ballot; a Dallas startup launches private air service to Houston; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: NorthPark turns 50; American will fly to Cuba later this year; one of the country’s best new restaurants is in Texas; and more.

State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas will feel a little bit like New England this year. That’s because lobster is on the menu. But it will be fried. (But of course.)

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