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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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Several media reports indicate Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald is reportedly stepping down to lead the Baltimore force. But Fort Worth police tell KERA that he has not accepted another job offer at this time. The Baltimore mayor's office told KERA that "the process is still underway and no decision has been made."

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M&M's, you’ve got a date with the deep fryer! Pickles, you’re gettin’ fried! Lobster: fry it, baby!

Those are just a few of the new items in the running for the State Fair of Texas’ annual food competition: the Big Tex Choice Awards.

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Crews continue to make progress in stomping out a stubborn wildfire in Palo Pinto County, about 60 miles west of Fort Worth.

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The Dallas City Council has decided to bolster an ordinance to counter the problem of attacks by loose dogs.

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One Dallas police officer has died from his injuries and a second remains in critical condition after they were shot while trying to remove a man from a Home Depot in Northeast Dallas Tuesday afternoon.

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Texas is getting tough with chronically low-performing schools. A 2015 law allows the state education commissioner to shut down schools or take over districts when schools go five straight years with the state’s lowest accountability rating: "Improvement Required."

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After Hurricane Harvey hammered the Texas Gulf Coast, state and federal officials decided to change some of the ways they respond to a disaster.

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The former superintendent of the Dallas County Schools bus agency has been charged for his role in taking more than $3 million in bribes and kickback payments.

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In cities across Texas Saturday, thousands of people protested gun violence and called for stricter gun regulations.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The rain just won't go away. Up to 8 inches of rain has fallen over the last three days in parts of North Texas -- and more is on the way.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new flood watch has been issued for essentially the entire, already-rain soaked Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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The Plano City Council will meet Sunday to discuss the future of member Tom Harrison.

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North Texas just recorded its warmest year on record.

In 2017, the average temperature in Dallas-Fort Worth was 69.8 degrees, and that beat the previous record of 69.3 degrees in 2012, the National Weather Service says.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: The South Texas church where more than two dozen people were killed by a gunman during Sunday services will be demolished.

Pastor Frank Pomeroy says it would be too painful to continue using First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs as a place of worship, the Associated Press reports.

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The top local stories this evening from KERA News: A Confederate plaque in the Texas Capitol may be closer to coming down.

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Across Texas, city officials are critical of the special session agenda set by Gov. Greg Abbott -- they say many of the items are basically an attempt by state lawmakers to influence what city leaders do at the local level.

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The Texas Legislature’s special session starts Tuesday. At the top of Gov. Greg Abbott’s education agenda: school choice for special-needs students.

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It’s getting harder for people in Dallas-Fort Worth and other big cities in Texas to find affordable homes or apartments because the cost of housing is outpacing salaries.

That’s according to a new report from Harvard University.

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Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington are among a handful of North Texas cities holding runoff elections on Saturday to fill city council and school board seats.

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U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual rankings of the best high schools in the country. The Dallas school district’s School for the Talented and Gifted dropped to fourth place – after five straight years as the No. 1 school. A charter school in Scottsdale, Arizona, took the top spot.

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Robert Wilson, who brought Jim Lehrer and Monty Python to American television audiences while leading KERA during its early years, died today after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 75. 

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Another election day is fast approaching. Cities, school districts and other local governments across North Texas are gearing up for municipal elections on May 6. Early voting starts next Monday. In Tarrant County, there are some crowded races for dozens of open seats, and a whole host of questions about taxes and bonds that voters across the county will decide.

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The strict voter ID law that Texas passed six years ago took another body blow today. A federal judge ruled for a second time that the law was intentionally crafted to discriminate against minorities.

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Opening statements are expected to begin Thursday morning in the federal corruption trial of John Wiley Price.

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At the Texas Capitol in Austin, battle lines are sharpening around one of this year’s biggest fights over social issues. It’s a battle over bathrooms, specifically which bathrooms transgender people should be allowed to use. 

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The top local stories this afternoon from KERA News:

More Texas lawmakers are calling for the state to end straight-ticket voting. That’s when a person can vote for one political party down the ballot. Most states do not allow straight-ticket voting.

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Credit rating agency Moody's has once again downgraded the city of Dallas bond rating. It means the city will pay more interest on new debt. The agency cited, in part, the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund. It could go broke in about a decade if changes are not made.

State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is underway at Fair Park. For nearly 65 years, Big Tex, the giant cowboy, has stood over the fair, greeting visitors.  Here’s a history lesson.

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It’s a big day for our very own Sam Baker. The local host of "Morning Edition" is marking his 25th anniversary at KERA.

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The Dallas Police Department says it plans on spending $32 million in overtime this fiscal year – more than the $17 million budgeted.

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