• Follow me on:

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
  • mtayr_victim

    Mount Ayr Woman Relives Being Held Hostage with Son by Armed Ex

    MOUNT AYR, Iowa — A Mount Ayr woman and her teenage son are OK after escaping from her gun-toting soon-to-be ex-husband. Valerie Longstreath thought Tuesday would be the last night of her life. That’s the night she answered her door to find her soon-to-be ex, Randy, standing there with a shotgun. “So I opened the door a little bit and I seen him standing there with a gun and I shut he door and locked it and I moved over […]

  • manager_pic

    Des Moines City Manager Candidates Discuss Qualifications

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It was the public’s first chance to meet the four people vying for the position of city manager in the city of Des Moines. Tuesday was sort of a casual meet and greet. Wednesday the hard questions start. That’s when city council will interview the candidates one on one. Mayor Frank Cownie says city leaders are looking for someone who not only has the skills to manage, but also the personality. “You always want somebody who works […]

  • Navarre Building (WHO-HD)

    City Extends Deadline to Fix Up Apartment Building

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The city of Des Moines is giving the new manager of a Sherman Hill apartment building one more week to bring it into compliance. Last month, tenants were ordered to vacate after owner Kirk Blunck, a prominent local architect, ignored several demands to fix the property up. Since that order came down, there have been significant repairs. “All of the health and safety issues have been complied with, electrical; plumbing; mechanical. There’s some other issues that […]

  • Navarre Building (WHO-HD)

    Tenants Could be Forced to Move from Dilapidated Apartment

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The clock is ticking for residents of one Des Moines apartment building. They may be forced out because their landlord has let the building fall into a dangerous state of disrepair. Tenant Doug Jones says he has no place to go. “I haven’t been able to find any place to move or any apartments that will allow me to move into them, for whatever reason, I don’t know. But as of this point I have absolutely […]

  • Ngor Makuey

    Accused Killer’s Parents: ‘I don’t Believe that’

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Moments before an elderly man was killed and his wife beaten, the 19-year-old accused killer asked his parents for permission to go for a walk. When he came home he had blood on his clothes. Now police are trying to figure out why a teen who has never been in trouble with the law could be accused of such a horrible crime. In a desperate plea for help, 94-year old Harriet Anderson called 9-1-1 after she […]

  • Marshalltown Seeing Record Flooding

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- Flood waters have cut the city of Marshalltown in half creating detours for drivers, as well as police and firefighters. “This is a record. This is a record. 2008 was a new record. Last year was a record. And this year is about two inches higher than last year,” Waterworks manager Steve Wincox said. The Iowa River has been pouring over Highway 14. The Marshalltown Waterworks building is nearly an island. The manager says the pumps are working […]

  • Damage in Martensdale Not Caused by Tornado

    MARTENSDALE, Iowa – The National Weather Service said damage in Martinsdale from Monday’s storms was not caused by a tornado. It was caused by straight line winds. That’s surprising to Dennis Morris. The winds blew down his 130-year old barn, reducing it to rubble. Thick beams that stood for generations were split like toothpicks. But the one thing Morris treasured most about the barn was not destroyed. We were there when he found it. “One of the cool things we […]

  • Flooding Fears Remain In Birdland Neighborhood

    DES MOINES, Iowa – With more rain in the forecast, folks in Des Moines’ Birdland neighborhood are keeping a close eye on Des Moines River levels. Four years ago, almost to the day, we introduced you to Josie Moorman as she was scrambling to save whatever she could from her Birdland neighborhood home just hours before it was flooded. Tonight, with all this rain, she’s just as worried. Flooding is still a touchy subject. “Oh very touchy,” Moorman tells us. […]

  • dog injury

    Family Dog Attacked with Chemicals

    ALTOONA, Iowa – An Altoona family wants to know who burned their beloved dog with chemicals, and why. The look in Boomer’s eyes says it all. The five-year-old pit bull is in pain. Sometime last week, someone poured some type of caustic liquid, possibly acid, on Boomer’s back while he was in his Altoona yard. His owners took him to the vet when they saw the open sores. “They started examining him, trimmed the hair back, and ended up following […]

  • mom fighting teen

    Des Moines Mother Recorded Beating Girl, 15

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines woman could face charges after a video apparently shows her attacking a 15-year-old girl in a dispute over a boy. Seirria Smith, 15, admits she was looking for a fight when she went to her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend’s house June 10th. What she didn’t expect was to be jumped by that teenage girl, another teenager and the girl’s 33-year-old mother. Seirria’s friend video taped the whole attack. “She slapped me once and told me […]

  • Two Years after Tragic Drownings Kids Still Swim in Dangerous River

    The Iowa DNR says all watercraft and swimmers should avoid Iowa rivers as flood waters make them more and more dangerous by the hour. One Marshalltown mother knows how quickly things can go wrong in rushing waters. Her son was killed in the Iowa River. His body was recovered two years ago Friday. We spotted these two teens fishing and swimming in the river just yards from where he went under. “It gets like steep right there-ish,” says 14-year-old Jarad […]

  • terrence cheeks sr

    Carjacking Convict’s Father: My Son isn’t a Monster

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Last week, 17-year-old Terrance Cheeks Jr. was sentenced for his involvement in the brutal carjacking of a Des Moines man. Cheeks was convicted of two counts of second degree robbery. His father has spoken out for the first time publicly since his son’s arrest. Terrance Cheeks Sr. says his son does bear some responsibility for what happened. But he says his son does not deserve to be behind bars for the next 50 years. “He isn’t […]