Aaron Brilbeck

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

  • IWD ALLEGATIONS: Director Defends Herself Amidst More Complaints

    Posted on: 8:50 pm, March 21, 2014, by , updated on: 11:11pm, March 21, 2014

    Iowa Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert is defending herself against allegations that she tried to influence administrative law judges who...
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  • UNEMPLOYMENT CONTROVERSY: Judges Criticize Director

    Posted on: 9:38 pm, March 20, 2014, by , updated on: 08:38am, March 21, 2014

    An administrative judge is quitting and politicians are calling for an investigation after reports that the head of Iowa Workforce...
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  • BATTLE OVER: Justin Chey, 13, Loses Fight Against Cancer

    Posted on: 9:19 pm, March 19, 2014, by , updated on: 09:34am, March 20, 2014

    A 13-year old Des Moines boy who made national news when he was diagnosed with cancer has lost his fight...
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  • CRIME SPREE: Mother Blames Son’s Actions On Prescription Addiction

    Posted on: 8:49 pm, March 19, 2014, by , updated on: 09:34am, March 20, 2014

    A Des Moines man is facing charges after he was caught on surveillance video this month breaking into an ATM....
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  • ALMOST HIT: Near Misses ‘Happen All The Time’

    Posted on: 12:35 pm, March 18, 2014, by and , updated on: 09:13am, March 19, 2014

    It was a close call for three police officers. And a wake-up call for motorists. Police car dash-camera video shows...
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  • ACA CONCERNS: Affordable Care Act ‘Not Affordable’

    Posted on: 10:29 pm, March 17, 2014, by , updated on: 08:47am, March 18, 2014

    With just two weeks before all Americans must have a form of medical insurance under the Affordable Care Act, one...
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  • PLAYGROUND ARSON: Pre-Teens Were ‘Bored’

    Posted on: 11:58 am, March 14, 2014, by , updated on: 10:19pm, March 14, 2014

    Two girls have been charged with arson for allegedly starting a fire at the playground of a Des Moines school....
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  • PATIENT SUBPOENAED: Elderly Alzheimer’s Patient Forced To Testify In Grandson’s Case

    Posted on: 9:17 pm, March 13, 2014, by

    A Polk City man has been subpoenaed to testify in a three year old shooting case in Webster County, even...
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  • NO AUTHORITY: Pharmacy Board Won’t Regulate Medical Marijuana

    Posted on: 10:55 am, March 13, 2014, by

    The Iowa Board of Pharmacy is refusing to weigh in on medical marijuana, saying it doesn’t have the authority to...
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  • CANCER BATTLE: Justin Chey In Hospice Care

    Posted on: 8:40 am, March 12, 2014, by , updated on: 08:56am, March 12, 2014

    A Des Moines teen who drew national attention for his battle against cancer is now in hospice care. For much...
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  • STABBING THREAT: Few Answers From School Board

    Posted on: 9:48 pm, March 10, 2014, by

    Parents in Moravia didn’t get many answers at a school board meeting after a 10-year-old was accused of bringing a...
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  • EASY TARGET: Crooks Targeting Cars In Gym Parking Lots

    Posted on: 3:59 am, March 7, 2014, by

    West Des Moines Police say thieves are targeting cars in gym parking lots for breaking in and stealing valuables. And...
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