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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, 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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When will North Texas reach 100 degrees this summer?

So far this year, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport hasn’t recorded 100 degrees – yet. We’re going to get close this week.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: The Robert E. Lee statue was vandalized in Dallas; an earthquake hits Irving this morning; potholes are annoying Troy Aikman; and more.

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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.

Rodger Mallison / Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Five stories that have North Texas talking: an alligator is pulled out of the Trinity River; Presidents Bush and Clinton talk in Dallas; Mavericks fans aren’t happy with DeAndre Jordan; and more.

UT-Southwestern Medical Center

There’s some big news coming out Friday from UT-Southwestern Medical Center: It’s been named a comprehensive cancer center.

Waco Police Department / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Waco bikers involved in the shootout say they’re innocent; Baylor University no longer bans “homosexual acts;” a pot-bellied pig was lost – then found; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: an Irving woman is awarded $230,000 for getting scores of robocalls; Whataburger tells customers that open carry guns aren’t on the menu; a Texas-shaped pool seeks to become a historical landmark; and more.

Philip Lange /

Texas-based Whataburger is asking customers not to openly carry guns in its restaurants.

Denys Prykhodov /

Five stories that have North Texas talking: a Granbury gay couple gets a marriage license after filing a lawsuit; the grandfather of modern cheerleading has died; a new medical school is coming to North Texas; and more.

National Cheerleaders Association

Lawrence Herkimer was called the grandfather of modern cheerleading. He died last week in Dallas. He was 89.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: an alligator kills a Texas man; the Alamo gets a special designation from the United Nations; a Fort Worth band is performing at a prestigious jazz festival; and more.

Nickolay Stanev /

Five stories that have North Texas talking: peas in guacamole?; a co-defendant pleads guilty in the John Wiley Price federal corruption case; a roundup of things to do over the July 4 weekend; and more.

BJ Austin / KERA News

Dwaine Caraway wants John Wiley Price’s seat on the Dallas County Commissioners Court. It promises to be a lively race – especially against the backdrop of Price’s corruption case.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: McKinney sends a massive bill to Gawker; Ted Cruz on same-sex marriage; the Texas Theatre needs some repairs; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: six people are charged after heckling Joel Osteen; some Texas clerks refuse same-sex marriage licenses; Texas abortion clinics get a reprieve – for now; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the Fort Worth Stockyards is considered an endangered historic place; DISD’s Mike Miles resigns; Dwaine Caraway wants to be Dallas County commissioner; and more.

Dallas ISD livestream / YouTube

Mike Miles, who pushed for controversial reforms in the Dallas Independent School District, announced Tuesday morning that he’s resigning as superintendent. 

Darryl Brooks /

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Highland Park gets fancy porta-potties; rain causes problems with roads; what a Supreme Court ruling on healthcare could mean for Texas; and more.

City of Wylie Office of Emergency Management / Twitter/@WylieOEM

We saw yet more rain over the weekend – 3 to 6 inches in some areas -- and all of that water flooded roads and crept into some homes. It also caused a bridge to collapse in Hunt County, which is northeast of Dallas.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Jordan Spieth wins the U.S. Open; more flooding in North Texas; Whataburger sells breakfast overnight again; and more.

Fort Worth Independent School District

Ornette Coleman, the celebrated saxophonist who was born in Fort Worth, died Thursday morning. He was 85.

Brandon Brooks/YouTube

Five stories that have North Texas talking: the former McKinney police officer apologizes for what he did in the viral video; commuter rail in Tarrant County; Dallas ISD debate team heads to a national tournament; and more.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Gov. Abbott approves $800 million border security bill; the McKinney police officer has resigned following the viral video; Dallas and Fort Worth mayors are in Europe; and more.  

Fort Worth Zoo / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: it’s a baby boom at the Fort Worth Zoo; Rick Perry announces he’s running for president; another shake-up in the Dallas County District Attorney’s office; and more.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Rick Perry and Hillary Clinton appear in Texas today; Dallas City Council trashes the bag fee; cheaper beef is coming thanks to Texas floods; and more.

M.L. Gray / Fort Worth Star-Telegram archive

Five stories that have North Texas talking: an Arlington man is scheduled to be executed Wednesday; Allen High’s stadium is fixed; the Denton City Council discusses its fracking ban; and more.

Whataburger / Facebook

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Whataburger limits its breakfast hours; Dan Patrick says he’s not running for governor; arrests at a fracking protest in Denton, and more.

Alan Melson / KERA News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas-Fort Worth sees its wettest May ever; the campus carry bill heads to the governor’s desk; Bob Schieffer retires; and more.

BJ Austin / KERA News

In May in Dallas-Fort Worth and across Texas, it rained and it rained. And then it rained some more. 

Alan Melson / KERA News

Update, Saturday morning: A second person has died in the Dallas area following Friday's storms and flooding.