13 Fascinating Facts about Aaron Brilbeck
• I began working in broadcasting as a DJ with a radio station in Syracuse, NY when I was just 14 years old. I started reporting and anchoring news for that same station when I was 16.
• My first car was a 1960 Hearse.
• I’ve been friends with my wife since we were 13 years old, but we didn’t become romantically involved until 10 years later.
• I’ve been a member of the Guardian Angels for the better part of 25 years. Most recently I oversaw patrols for Toledo, Cleveland, Akron and Detroit.
• I taught self defense for 3 years.
• My mother & grandmother raised me.
• In college, I took an interpretive dance class—and failed.
• I’m an avid motorcyclist.
• I taught college broadcast journalism for a year.
• I am deathly afraid of spiders.
• For several years I volunteered as a ghoul in a haunted house to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation.
• I’ve been shot at—twice.
• I hate onions!
Aaron Brilbeck came to WHO-DT in November 2009 and is a reporter for Channel 13 News at 5, 6, 9 and 10.

Aaron came to Iowa from Toledo, Ohio where he reported and anchored for WNWO, the market’s NBC affiliate and reported for WSPD Radio.

Aaron is an accomplished journalist earning several distinguished honors including a National Edward R. Murrow award for Spot News Coverage in 2004 plus regional Edward R. Murrow awards for Best Investigation, Best Continuing Coverage and Spot News.

Prior to Toledo, Aaron worked as a reporter at WXXA-TV and WGY Radio in Albany, New York from 2000 to 2005. He has B.A. degree in Communications from SUNY Potsdam and an A.A.S. degree in Broadcast Journalism from Onondaga Community College.

Recent Articles
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    Police Impound Car that May Have Been Involved in Deadly ‘Street Justice’ Crash

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines man is charged in the death of his girlfriend in a high speed crash Monday. But the driver’s mother now believes police have the evidence they need to clear her son of any wrong doing. Twenty-two-year Scalicity Perez, who also uses the last name Boyd, was killed in the violent crash on Monday. The driver of the car, 24-year-old Troy Mure Junior says he was being chased, and now his mother says there is […]

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    Deadly Crash May be Result of ‘Street Justice’

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Karen Dameron can’t believe her niece is gone. Twenty-two-year old Scalicity Perez, who also goes by the last name Boyd, was killed when the car she was riding in hit a tree Monday morning on 35th Street. The crash was so violent the car is nothing more than a pile of twisted metal.  “I’m just in disbelief,” Dameron said, “I still believe this is a dream. I still think it’s a dream. I don’t believe my niece […]

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    Treacherous Driving Conditions In Ames

    AMES, Iowa — A lot of people are staying indoors tonight after snow slammed Ames. Many of those who did venture out regretted it. Like the driver of an SUV that we found flipped on it’s top. The driver apparently underestimated just how treacherous driving conditions were. The woman was pretty shaken up, but was not seriously hurt. William Koppen of Ames was driving right behind her and saw the whole thing. “She started fishtailing and hit the curb and when […]

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    Iowa DOT Ready For Season’s First Snow

    AMES, Iowa — It’s the calm before the storm. Iowa Department of Transportation plows are geared up and ready for the first significant snow of the season. “We just kinda plan for the worst and go from that,” said Jim Vansickle of the Iowa DOT. “So we’ve got all our equipment ready to go. We’ve been out and tested them all. Everything is working.” Salt spreading and brining won’t happen Thursday night, though. With relatively warm temperatures and rain on […]

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    Former Casey City Clerk Indicted on Charges of Torching City Hall to Hide Embezzlement

    CASEY, Iowa — The former Casey City Clerk is facing federal charges after the US Department of Justice says she torched city hall to cover hundreds of thousands of dollars in theft. The case was investigated by the FBI; The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the State Fire Marshall’s Division; and several other agencies.  But it all started with one woman. Casey hairstylist Judi Zimmerline proves you can take on city hall and win. For years, she had been […]

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    Heroic Dog Saves Ogden Man From Fire

    OGDEN, Iowa — An Ogden man says he’s only alive today because of his heroic dog. Bella is a Border Collie that loves playing with a basketball.  Now, she’s also a hero.  Monday afternoon, her owner, Larry Mathews came back to his home for a nap after taking his kids to school. Minutes later, Bella was waking him up. ‘I was upstairs in bed. Bella came up and started…she jumped up on the bed and kinda got in my face […]

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    Barnes City Tornado Wipes Out Barn

    BARNS CITY, Iowa — According to the National Weather Service, Barnes City was hit with an EF-1 tornado Wednesday evening with maximum winds hitting 107-miles per hour.  And it touched down right on Andy Mart’s farm. Mart says he grabbed his girlfriend and dog and ran to the basement moments before the tornado struck. When he stepped outside to assess the damage, he found his 60-year old, two level barn was gone. Not just leveled… but gone. Most of the […]

  • Local Couple Killed in Vacation Crash

    Local Couple Killed in Vacation Crash

    This past weekend Kristine Buttermore did something no mother should ever have to do. She buried her daughter. 34-year-old Allison Backstrom of Des Moines was driving back from a Las Vegas vacation Oct. 29 with her boyfriend, Jeffrey Christiansen, when the couple’s car crashed on rain slicked roads. Both were killed in the accident. Buttermore remembers getting the news from her son. “His voice kinds cracked a little and he said the deputies were just out here and told me […]

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    Former Branstad Lawyer Overpaid And Under-qualified

    A former top lawyer for the Branstad administration is under the microscope after an audit shows he was overpaid and under-qualified for his job. Because of a whistle blower’s tip, the State Auditor’s Office looked into the Department of Administrative Services.  That’s the state agency that manages government operations. What the audit found is that former DAS lawyer Ryan Lamb pocketed about $22,000  more than he should have. Lamb left his job last year after a scandal involving hush money that was […]

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    Teen Who Stood Up To Attacking Bus Driver “Knew What Should Be Done”

    JOHNSTON, Iowa — When a Johnston school bus driver allegedly attacked a student with special needs last week, other students on the bus video taped the incident.  While the video showed the brutality of act, it also showed one brave teenager standing up for the student. “It’s just because of how I was raised basically. I was taught a sense of right or wrong. And I knew that that was really wrong what he was doing.” 13-year old Caleb Routt […]

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    Student Attacked By School Bus Driver Speaks Out

    JOHNSTON, Iowa — 15-year-old Christian Suarez, a Johnston student with special needs, says he’s scared to go back to school and even more scared to ride the bus. That’s because last Thursday, a video showed he was attacked by his bus driver, 61-year-old Robert Scarborough. Suarez admits he was acting up on the bus, sitting where he wasn’t supposed to. “The bus driver asked me to move and I didn’t want to so I said no.” That’s when Suarez says […]

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    Governor Backs Eminent Domain For Pipelines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — This week, the Iowa Utilities Board will discuss whether to use eminent domain to seize property from landowners to use for a massive oil pipeline. Dakota Access, LLC wants to use the land for an underground pipeline that would carry roughly a half million barrels of crude oil from North Dakota, through Iowa and to a distribution center in Illinois. Governor Branstad says he believes eminent domain can and should be used for some pipeline projects. […]


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