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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
  • Death Threat Sent To Des Moines Gay Bar

    DES MOINES, Iowa — When the owners of the Blazing Saddle in the East Village first opened an offensive letter the bar received this afternoon, the first reaction was to laugh. After all, the long time gay bar gets hate mail like this a few times a year, and they usually post the letters on the wall for all to see. But this letter was different. A white powder came out of the envelope and spilled on to the bar. […]

  • Confusion Over Lawmaker’s Vote

    DES MOINES, Iowa – State Representative Dan Kelly (D) Newton wants to clear up a few things. In his weekly newsletter, the Newton area state lawmaker seems to back funding the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund with proceeds from lottery scratch off tickets and pull tabs. The trust fund helps pay for certain veterans services. Kelly’s newsletter reads, in part, “This bill has been viewed as necessary to make sure the trust fund is funded at appropriate levels.” But while Kelly […]

  • Mobile Speed Camera In Wrong Spot, Violators Will Not Get Citations

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A mobile speed camera that Polk County Sheriff’s deputies set up in the 4700 block of northwest Morningstar Drive has a lot of motorists crying foul. DOT guidelines say the speed cameras should “not be placed within the first one thousand feet of a lower speed limit” to give motorists enough time to slow down.  This one clearly was. We measured the distance.  It was just under 200 feet from where the speed limit drops from 55 […]

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    Police Use DNA to Catch Alleged ATM Thief

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police have arrested the man they believe stole an ATM from the Iowa Events Center because of what he left behind.  Police released surveillance video after the burglary, but the real break in the case came thanks to science. “During the commission of that act the suspect left blood on the wall, I think near where the ATM had been located,” said Sgt. Jason Halifax with the Des Moines Police Department. Police sent a sample […]

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    DOT Wants I-235 Speed Cameras Removed

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The State Department of Transportation is giving the City of Des Moines 30-days to take down the traffic cameras on I-235 East near Waveland Golf Course or to appeal the decision. The DOT says the area of I-235 where the camera’s are just isn’t dangerous enough to warrant their use. “It’s amazing how safe that particular location is even before the cameras were installed. Which makes sense. It’s a brand new roadway, a lot of commuters […]

  • Brawl At Bail Office Leads To High Speed Chase

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A brawl at a metro bail bonds office Monday ended with a gun being pulled, a high speed police chase, and a suspect still on the loose.  The drama started  at Dave Ellis Always Affordable Bail Bonds on Indianola Road when 39-year old Sarah Lee Collis of Ottumwa turned herself in after blowing off court last week on a forgery charge. But when she was told she would have to go to jail, staffers here say […]

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    Closing AIB Business College To Receive Grants; Some Students Won’t Get Degrees

    DES MOINES, Iowa — While the AIB College of Business’ decision to abruptly close leaves students uncertain about their futures, one thing is certain: taxpayers will be paying nearly two million dollars in grants to the college before it closes, even though no one can say for sure what value an AIB education will have for students who won’t have the opportunity to graduate. Last year, 573 AIB students received money through the Iowa Tuition Grant program, a $48 million […]

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    Des Moines Water Works to Sue Over Nitrates

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Water Works Board of Trustees voted unanimously to sue boards of supervisors in three rural counties; Sac, Buena Vista and Calhoun, under the Clean Water Act. Mark Kenney farms about 2,800 acres of land in rural Story County. He worries about what this lawsuit will mean for farmers.  “I’m the fifth generation to farm here in Story County so agriculture farming is very near and dear to my heart. It’s our way of […]

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    Racist Video Angers ISU Students

    AMES, Iowa — A racially charged video of some Oklahoma frat boys singing about lynching has some students at Iowa State University speaking out.  The video reportedly shows members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity from the the University of Oklahoma on a bus chanting the racist song with the lyrics: “There will never be a n***** in SAE. There will never be a n***** in SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with […]

  • Fire Victim “Blessed” By Community

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Every day, Betty Burch of Marshalltown raises her voice in prayer, thanking God that she and her daughter survived a horrible attack. And thanking God for the community that has become like family. “The whole community has been here for me and Keyslea  and I want to thank the Lord God for that too. Just so beautiful. You know, clothes, tables, couches, pictures. anything that we really want.” Burch said. Back in January, Burch’s daughter, Keyslea Herne […]

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    Three Arrested After Fight at Youth Basketball Game

      STORM LAKE, Iowa —  It’s a case of bad sportsmanship that left kids in tears and three men behind bars. Police in Storm Lake say during the annual basketball tournament this weekend, tempers flared when coaches and parents with Le Mars and Sioux City girls youth basketball teams faced off, pushing and shoving each other. Police had to be called to break up the incident. “What started this and why it happened, I don’t know,” Storm Lake Assistant Police Chief Todd […]

  • Fire Survivor Mourns Friend And Children

    IOWA CITY, Iowa – Ashley Urich’s physical scars are healing. But the emotional scars may never go away. “She didn’t deserve to be in that house like that.” Urich said, remembering her best friend. “I tried to get her out. I tried so hard to get her out.” A couple of weeks ago, Urich’s Fort Dodge home caught fire. Her best friend, Amy Devlin, Amy’s infant son Bryce Devlin and Urich’s five-year-old nephew Joseph Kennedy were all killed in the fire. […]


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