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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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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. 


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.


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.


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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Hitting the road anytime soon?

Across Texas, you’ll pass through scores of towns. Some are poetic – Glen Rose, Pecan Plantation, Enchanted Oaks.

Maybe you’ll drive through the trio of sisters in Collin County – Melissa, Anna and Josephine.

There’s Sunrise and Sunset. A place called Paradise. There’s even Elmo and Kermit!

But you’ll also pass through Texas towns with some strange names.

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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.

Texas Independence Day is March 2. (On that day, back in 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted at Washington-on-the-Brazos.) So, to celebrate, the KERA News staff figured we’d come up with a list of quintessential Texas experiences – a list of things you should do in the Lone Star State before you kick the bucket.

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Juan Williams was in North Texas last week, speaking at events sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth. He’s written a new book called “We The People.” He explores modern-day Americans who extend the Founding Fathers’ original vision of the United States.

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Several downtown Dallas buildings this week have become makeshift conference centers, classrooms, and deal sites for entrepreneurs and investors.

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The top 10 percent rule in Texas gives high-performing high school students automatic admission into the best public universities in the state. But that doesn’t always mean top students from low-income backgrounds will attend.

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Dallas officials took a big step toward preserving something unusual in the city – and it’s not an old building. It’s a natural spring.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Tonya Couch is out of jail; an update on the McKinney pool party; remembering David Bowie; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: guns in psychiatric hospitals; no one won the huge Powerball lotto; Ted Cruz suggests Hillary Clinton should be spanked; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: a unique delivery in Plano; Tonya Couch is back in Texas; what hunters think of Texas gun laws; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: indictments in an ongoing Texas biker rivalry; the Texas trooper who arrested Sandra Bland is charged with perjury; PETA honors the McKinney Fire Department; and more.

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The new year brought a new law that’s generated a lot of heat in Texas – the open carry of handguns. Here's a look at what open carry means for Texas.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the more popular dog names in Texas; open carry has arrived; another loss for the Cowboys; and more.

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If you drive around North Texas, you’re often stuck in traffic. Go around the state and it’s even worse.

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Folks who visited in 2015 were especially interested in a Texas bucket list, Sandra Bland, a bike superhighway, rainy weather, and getting school kids more time on the playground. 

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: 2015 was a very wet year; Ethan Couch's mother is back in the U.S.; the best movies of 2015; and more.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: what did Texas search for on Google in 2015?; outrage over Ethan Couch; a police chief delivers a baby; and more.

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Saturday’s North Texas tornadoes caused at least $1 billion in damages.

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Before Ethan Couch and his mother fled to Mexico, they held a going-away party. Then they hopped in a pick-up truck and drove to the border.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ethan Couch has been found in Mexico; more on the North Texas tornadoes; Texas sues the EPA – again; and more.

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Twelve tornadoes raced through North Texas Saturday night, killing 11 people and damaging hundreds of homes. 


Five stories that have North Texas talking: no indictments in Sandra Bland jail death; Dallas mayor welcomes refugees; a fundraiser for Bernie Tiede; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: more immigrant children coming to North Texas; former state lawmaker Chris Harris has died; Dallas Zoo gets a mystery donation; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: the feds join the search for the so-called “affluenza” teen; a judge rules against the Texas foster care system; a science experiment stirs up controversy; and more.


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Austin welcomes Google’s fancy cars; authorities are looking for the so-called “affluenza” teen; “The Force Awakens” opens tonight; and more.