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.

President George W. Bush
10:36 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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NPR Story
8:58 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Federal Judge Overturns Texas' Gay Marriage Ban, Declaring It Unconstitutional

Alexander Demyanenko Shutterstock

Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 10:55 pm

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that Texas’ gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, but he's leaving the ban in place for now.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio issued a preliminary injunction on the ban after two gay couples challenged a state constitutional amendment and a decade-old law.

He said the couples, one of which is from North Texas, will likely win their case and the ban should be lifted. But he said he would give the state time to appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The state will appeal the ruling, said Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general.

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2014 Republican Primary
5:48 am
Tue January 28, 2014

RECAP: From Immigration To Marijuana, Lieutenant Governor Candidates Sound Off

Lieutenant governor candidates sound off at tonight's debate.
LM Otero Associated Press

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 10:04 am

Welcome to KERA's Texas Debates blog. Did you miss parts of tonight's debate featuring the four Republicans running for lieutenant governor? Or do you just want to watch the whole thing again?

The hour-long debate, moderated by KERA’s Shelley Kofler, aired live at 8 p.m. from the KERA studios in Dallas. You can watch the replay below. We live-blogged the debate -- scroll down to read a minute-by-minute account of the candidates' remarks.

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The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
10:50 am
Fri November 15, 2013

50 Years Later, Dallasites Deliver The Speech That Kennedy Never Made

The South Dallas Concert Choir sang the final lines that Kennedy was to deliver -- they sang on the floor of the Dallas Trade Mart, where Kennedy was to speak.
Jerome Weeks KERA News

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 11:27 am

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 a local effort to commemorate the anniversary -- a video project that captures parts of a speech that Kennedy was to deliver in Dallas. The project is being called a "tribute to JFK from the citizens of Dallas." The creators are determined that his words live on through Dallasites.

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The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
10:50 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Exploring JFK’s Final Hours In Texas

President and Jackie Kennedy arrived at Dallas Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 1:51 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 JFK’s final hours:

So much attention has been given to the hours following the assassination. But what about JFK’s final hours before he entered Dealey Plaza?

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The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
10:49 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Whatever Happened To Jackie Kennedy's Pink Dallas Dress And Hat?

Jackie Kennedy, in her pink dress and pillbox hat, greeting crowds at Dallas Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963.
colonyofcolor.com

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 9:35 am

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 look back at what Jackie Kennedy wore when she was in Dallas with her husband on Nov. 22, 1963.

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