Eric Aasen

Eric Aasen is KERA’s digital news editor. He oversees, 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 News
11:25 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Austin, San Antonio Drivers Prepare For Cellphone Bans

The new year brings some new laws in Texas, including a ban on handheld devices while driving in Austin and San Antonio.

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 8:26 am

Five stories that have North Texas talking: phone bans start soon for Austin and San Antonio drivers; part of Kyle Field implodes; could North Texas’ Scott Turner be the next Texas House speaker?; and more.

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4:07 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

President Bush Meets Nurse Amber Vinson As Ebola Monitoring Period Ends In Dallas

Former President George W. Bush met Friday with Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who recovered from Ebola.
Texas Health Resources

Originally published on Sun November 9, 2014 3:52 pm

The Ebola monitoring period in Dallas has come to an end. The last person who had contact with the three Dallas Ebola patients was cleared from twice-daily monitoring late Friday afternoon, the Texas Department of State Health Services said.

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2:31 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

2nd Dallas Nurse With Ebola Arrives In Atlanta For Treatment

Decontamination workers start on an apartment in The Village complex near Skillman Ave. in Dallas.
Max Geron/Dallas Police Department Twitter/@MaxDPD

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 8:50 am

[For Thursday's Ebola developments, click here.] The second Dallas nurse who has Ebola arrived in Atlanta Wednesday evening. Television footage showed Amber Joy Vinson leaving a plane and boarding an ambulance. 

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11:50 am
Mon October 13, 2014

2nd Patient Who Tested Positive For Ebola Is A 26-Year-Old Nurse

Nina Pham, a 26-year-old who grew up in Fort Worth, was identified Monday as the nurse who's being treated for Ebola. Her dog is also in isolation; a Dallas city spokeswoman said the city would make sure the dog will be cared for.

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 12:30 pm

KERA has confirmed that the nurse who’s tested positive for Ebola is Nina Pham, a 26-year-old graduate of Texas Christian University who also attended Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth.

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1:15 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Ill Deputy Who Visited Dallas Ebola Patient's Apartment Taken To Hospital

Thomas Duncan, the Dallas Ebola patient, died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Wednesday morning.

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 8:10 pm

[We will update this story throughout the day.]  Thomas Duncan, the Dallas Ebola patient, died shortly before 8 a.m. Meanwhile, a patient has been sent to Texas Health Presbyterian after falling ill and reporting possible Ebola exposure.

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