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

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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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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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Blue Bell is continuing its comeback. The Brenham company announced Monday it will start selling its ice cream in selected stores once again.

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Coppell is one of the best places to live in the country, according to Money magazine.

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Blue Bell trucks are back on the road. The Brenham-based company released a video showing a truck heading out -- filled with something sweet.

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Did you know Saturday is World Population Day? Well, now you do. 

We thought this was a good time to explore the changing Texas population.

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