Eric Aasen

Eric Aasen is KERA’s digital news editor. He oversees keranews.org, the station’s news website, and its blogs, Breakthroughs, and Class of 17. He also reports and writes stories for the website and contributes pieces to KERA radio.

Eric joined KERA in September 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.

Texas
2:30 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Big Tex Is Named The Country's Quirkiest Landmark (Of Course!)

Howdy, folks! Big Tex has been named the country's quirkiest landmark.
State Fair of Texas

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 1:49 pm

Big Tex, the beloved but odd State Fair of Texas icon, has been named the country’s quirkiest landmark. 

After four weeks of online voting, the larger-than-life cowboy earned the most votes in the USA Today and 10Best "Best Quirky Landmark" contest. The winner was announced Wednesday. 

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Texas
2:33 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

From Mary To Sophia (And Sofia): Texas' Most Popular Baby Names Through The Years

bikeriderlondon Shutterstock.com

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 5:19 pm

What are Texans naming their babies these days? And how does that compare to Lone Star babies from 50 years ago?

Sophia was the most popular baby girl name in Texas in 2013. For the boys, Jacob was No. 1 in Texas.

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George W. Bush
10:29 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Artist Formerly Known As President George W. Bush Unleashes His Inner Rembrandt

President Bush's portrait of Vladimir Putin, the Russian president.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:57 am

Since he left office, former President George W. Bush has devoted part of his free time to painting – everything from his dog Barney to self-portraits. A year after a hacker revealed some of his works-in-progress, Bush had his first real art show Friday at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas.

The exhibit, titled "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," opens to the public Saturday. It features portraits of 24 world leaders, including Tony Blair, Vladimir Putin and the Dalai Lama.

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Rangers' Opening Day
10:54 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Frozen Beer! Bacon On A Stick! Choomongous? Presenting Texas Rangers’ New Foods

The Choomongous -- it's humongous! It's named after Shin-Soo Choo, the new Rangers outfielder. It's a two-foot-long sandwich topped with Asian beef and spicy slaw.
Metroplex Sportservice/Texas Rangers

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 1:06 pm

Opening day for the Texas Rangers is Monday. The Rangers play the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. And Tanner Scheppers is the Rangers’ Opening Day starter, replacing Yu Darvish, who’s on the disabled list and dealing with stiffness in his neck.

We’re not going to preview the season right now. What we are interested in, though, is what’s new to eat. And the answer is … big! The bigger, the better. 

The Rangers unveiled their menu last week. Here’s a look at what you can eat at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

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Texas
3:55 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Watch This Dramatic Video Of Houston Firefighters Rescuing A Construction Worker

This video, taken Tuesday, shows Houston firefighters rescuing a construction worker from an intense fire.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 12:14 pm

Have you seen the dramatic video that shows Houston firefighters rescuing a construction worker from an apartment complex that caught on fire?

The video, which was posted on YouTube, shows a construction worker stuck on a fourth-floor balcony. Heavy flames approached. The worker dropped down to the balcony below. Firefighters arrived on a long ladder -- and they rescued the worker just as a wall on the roof was engulfed in flames and fell down.

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Texas
2:36 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Big Hoss, The World’s Biggest HD TV Screen, Debuts At Texas Motor Speedway

Presenting the world's biggest high-definition TV screen.
Texas Motor Speedway

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 12:49 pm

Oh, those boys and their video toys.

Move over, Dallas Cowboys and AT&T Stadium: Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth says it has the bigger and better video screen. And it's way bigger than whatever fancy screen you have in your living room.

The speedway on Wednesday night unveiled its giant high-definition video board. TMS says it’s the world’s biggest HD screen at a sporting venue.

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Texas
3:16 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Judge Orders Pregnant, Brain-Dead North Texas Woman Removed From Life Support

Marlise Munoz, right, has been on life support since November. Her husband, Erick, is on the left.
Facebook

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 5:04 pm

A state district judge has ruled that Marlise Muñoz, the brain-dead North Texas woman who’s 22 weeks pregnant, must be removed from life support by 5 p.m. Monday.

The decision Friday afternoon comes after John Peter Smith Hospital declared publicly for the first time that Muñoz has indeed been brain dead since late November. The hospital also says the fetus inside Muñoz is "not viable."

For weeks, hospital officials had said she isn’t dead and that her condition is serious.

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Texas
4:49 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

The North Texas Man Who Paid $350,000 To Hunt A Black Rhino Is Getting Death Threats

A North Texas man who paid $350,000 has received death threats.
Credit Frank Vassen / Flickr

A North Texas man who paid $350,000 for the right to hunt an endangered African black rhino says he fears for his safety.

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JFK Assassination: 50 Years Later
3:01 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Hate Letters: Sorting Through The Dallas Mayor's Mailbag After JFK Was Shot

Some sent letters just hours to the city of Dallas just hours after President Kennedy had been shot.
Lauren Silverman KERA News

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 9:40 pm

Throughout November, KERA will mark the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination by taking a closer look at that fateful day, what it meant to the country, how it changed Dallas, and more.

Today, we take a look at hate letters sent to Dallas following the assassination.

After John F. Kennedy was shot 50 years ago, hundreds of folks mailed letters to Dallas, many of them furious at the city.

The letters wound up at Southern Methodist University.

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