Eric Aasen '02
Digital News Editor, KERA
In his Words
“Media Fellows was an ideal program and an essential part of my DePauw experience.”
“Learning to think critically, communicate with ease and write well – these aren’t just important college skills or journalism skills; these are vital life skills.”
“DePauw is so appealing because it has such a rich journalism history and has produced so many smart, sharp journalists . . . DePauw offers robust student media opportunities – and chances to get involved the moment you step on campus.”
Eric Aasen is KERA’s [Dallas-Forth Worth's PBS and NPR affiliate] 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.