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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
  • Newton Burglary Caught on Video

    NEWTON, Iowa — A brazen burglar ripped off the Fore Seasons Golf Practice Center in Newton early Sunday morning, and the whole crime was caught on camera. “Within 30 seconds. Yeah. 30 seconds,” owner Dawn Peters said after watching the surveillance video. “He was in, grabbed the cash drawer and was out. Got in with a crowbar through the front door.” The owners of Fore Seasons told Channel 13 News there is about a 30 second delay on their alarm. […]

  • Veteran With PTSD Jailed Twice In 2 Days: Family Says He Needs Help, Not Jail

    NEWTON, Iowa — 68-year old John Schutty of Newton was arrested twice in two days on assault and weapons charges. The first time, Tuesday, police say he chased a woman in his Hummer along Highway Six and forced her into this parking lot. When police arrived he told them that, as a Vietnam vet he was obligated “Take care of drug dealers” and that “There are people who kill for money and people who kill for fun, but a ranger […]

  • Horse Racing ‘Dead’ at Prairie Meadows According To Racer

    ALTOONA, Iowa — Prairie Meadows’ top winning horse racer says she is giving up on the track.   Maggie Moss says horse racing at Prairie Meadows is dying out. “This board needs to know that this product is dead,” Moss told the board Wednesday,”Because we’ve killed it.” Prairie Meadows is a unique facility in that all proceeds go to fund Iowa charities.  But for years, profits from the casino have been used to subsidize the horse racing track. Moss believes the […]

  • Armed Militia Protect Metro Recruitment Centers

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Heavily armed volunteers with the Iowa Militia say they will be guarding local military recruitment centers in the wake of an attack on two centers in Chattanooga last week that left five service members dead. Kim Paulsen of the Iowa Militia says it doesn’t make sense that the U.S. government won’t let members of the armed services be armed. So he and his members are now patrolling, fully armed, in front of metro recruitment offices. “Making […]

  • Pro Life Group Wants Branstad To Nix Planned Parenthood Funding

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A pro-life group is passing a petition asking Governor Branstad to halt funding to Planned Parenthood.  The demand comes in the wake of a controversial video that reportedly shows a top planned parenthood official that critics say is trying to sell tissue and body parts of unborn babies. “It confirmed everything that many pro lifers had suspected all along.” said Steve Deace of Personhood Iowa, “We are talking about an organization that murders, maims, and dismembers […]

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    Univ. of Iowa Hires Part-Time PR Specialist at $20K Per Month

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — At a time when undergraduates at Iowa’s public universities face a mid-semester tuition increase, the University of Iowa has hired a part-time, out-of-state public relations rep to work three days a week; for $20,000 per month. The University of Iowa tells us it has contracted for six months with Terri Goren of Goren and Associates in Atlanta to oversee the UI Communication and Marketing divisions. She will be replacing the current vice president of strategic communications who […]

  • Squatting Case May Lead to Changes in State Law

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Yesterday, we introduced you to Des Moines landlord Bill Moyer, who was evicting a squatter from one of his properties. He says the process of getting rid of her took two months and will cost him thousands of dollars. The squatter, Jody Engstrom, insists she had a verbal agreement to work part time for Moyer in exchange for rent. Moyer says there was no agreement, written or otherwise. Engstrom, who according to online court documents has […]

  • Landlord Loses Thousands of Dollars to Get Squatter Out of Rental Property

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines landlord Bill Moyer says he’s spent the past two months and lost thousands of dollars trying to evict a squatter from one of his rental properties. Moyer says he doesn’t understand how someone can break into his property, live there for months, and he has to pay the price for it. Moyer says it all started in may when Jody Engstrom came into his office, looking for a place to rent. He says he […]

  • 6-Year-Old Saved from Rushing Raccoon River

    VAN METER, Iowa — Three young men were honored in Van Meter for saving a child from drowning over the weekend. Austin Rice, Thomas Rice and Austin Matter saved the 6-year-old after he was hung up on some debris while tubing with his family on the Raccoon River Sunday. Police say the family underestimated the speed and depth of the river. “The current took them straight into the debris,” said Van Meter Police Chief William Daggett, “The family, who there’s seven […]

  • Local Man Flies Confederate Flag

    NORWALK, Iowa – The Confederate Flag no longer flies over the grounds of the South Carolina State House. But it flies with pride at the home of one Norwalk man. Kim Paulsen says he’s sending a message.  “I’m trying to say that I’m an American.” Paulsen said, “That according to the Constitution I have the right to do whatever I want to do on my property. We don’t have to agree with it. We don’t have to like it either. […]

  • Adair County Mom Says Daycare Workers Abused Children

    ADAIR, Iowa — An Adair County mother says her children were abused at their daycare, and she says the agencies that are in place to help abused children are doing nothing to help her. 5-year-old Janaeya Blomquist and 4-year-old sister Elianna are all smiles during a water balloon fight Thursday. But that wasn’t the case just a couple of weeks ago. That’s when their mother says she found out her daughters were being spanked and called obscene names by the […]

  • Experts Say Not Enough Resources for Mentally Ill in Iowa

    DAWSON, Iowa — Just a couple of weeks ago, 19-year-old Sammy Seratt of Dawson, Iowa was spending time with friends, working, and living at a group home because of his mild intellectual disability. All of that changed last week when Sammy began having hallucinations, and no one knows why. So, his mother took him to Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson. “Because the hallucinations were out of control,he was jumping around,” Kimberly Seratt explained. ” He was in sheer panic and […]


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