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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.

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    Local Emergency Responders Discuss Ebola

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Dozens of emergency responders and medical professionals learned the basics of Ebola Wednesday, and what to do should there be an outbreak in the metro. “What we do know is we do have the tools and we do have the resources to manage Ebola in the United States,” said county disease prevention supervisor Kari Labada Townsend. “Isolation of symptomatic patients, contact tracing and monitoring, our use of appropriate equipment and procedures, infection control measures, and communication are […]

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    Dallas County Considers Building New Jail to Address ‘Growing Pains’

    WOODWARD, Iowa — The population of Dallas County has more than doubled over the past 15-years. More people means more crime. So the sheriff says the county needs a new law enforcement office and a new administration building. “Our dispatch center dispatches for a majority of Dallas County,” Sheriff Chad Leonard explains, “Fire, EMS, rescue, and most of the police departments we do a lot of stuff that the police departments don’t do and we’re responsible for a lot of things […]

  • Campaign Sign Battle Wages in Webster City

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — Political signs are raising constitutional questions in one small community. Yard signs are considered a form of free speech but their size and how long they can remain up can be regulated by municipalities. In Webster City, Dee Dora says her right is being threatened. She has nine signs in her yard. Currently, homeowners have 45-days to take down temporary signs more than 20-square feet. Residents like Dora say that was enough time to keep the […]

  • Missouri Lawmakers Discuss Merger That May Have Impacted Clive Man’s Drowning

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    Police Investigating Three Possible Child Abduction Cases

    GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa — Police are investigating what could be the third child abduction attempt in the past two days. On Sunday in Gowrie, a 13-year-old girl says a white man in a dark colored ski mask tried to abduct her. And in Dayton, a five-year-old girl says a man with a similar description tried to grab her. Now, on Monday,a woman tells police she was walking with her three-year-old daughter and her dog near the corner of 12th Street […]

  • Jeane Miles says her son held her hostage for five days in her Des Moines home. (WHO-HD)

    Police: Son Kidnapped Elderly Mother, Held Her Captive

    DES MOINES, Iowa — For five days, 74-year-old Jeanne Miles says she was held captive in her own home by her drug addicted son. “He gets so irate and you don’t know how long that’s going to last before he snaps,” Mrs. Miles says. It all started last Saturday when police say 51-year-old James Miles knocked on the door of his mother’s Des Moines home, even though she has an order of protection to keep him away. “I said who […]

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    Water Mains are a Main Problem in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A broken water main in downtown Des Moines turned part of Locust Street into a river Tuesday night. The main that broke was about 130-years old. But city officials say those older pipes are better than the newer ones that were installed in the 1940’s The cast iron water main that broke was put in place in 1880, along with similar mains throughout downtown. But these mains are actually sturdier than those installed 50-years later. That’s […]

  • Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. (WHO-HD)

    SWAT Training Conducted Near Veterans With PTSD

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — Masked Marshalltown police officers, decked out in SWAT gear and carrying realistic looking guns, conducted training last Friday at the Iowa Veterans Home where quite a few residents suffer with post traumatic stress disorder. “You get somebody with pistols out there violently trying to break into a building, even if it’s an empty building, and if they see it and they’ve been in Fallujah or some of the other places where there has been that kind of […]

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    Drug Tests for Teens Offered Free to Mitchellville Parents

    MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa — One local police department is offering free drug test kits to parents. Kary Kinmonth isn’t just the chief of police in Mitchellville, he’s also a dad with teenagers. He knows first hand the power of peer pressure. So he is working with a company called “Test My Teen” to offer free drug test kits to parents in town. Test My Teen is a company out of Fenton, Missouri, that is offering the first test to parents in […]

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    Woman Relives ‘Scary’ Flooded Car Rescue

    CRESTON, Iowa — It’s a remarkable story of survival. Last week, a Madison County woman drove her car into several feet of water near a rain swollen river. Somehow, she managed to keep her cool until help arrived. Ruth Samson of Creston had to be rescued after she drove her car into water that flooded Pitzer Road, between Earlham and Winterset, on September 10. She spoke with Channel 13 Wednesday night, and said she didn’t even see the flooded out […]

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    Man Shot In Drake Neighborhood

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday night in the Drake neighborhood. Witnesses say the victim was shot in the buttocks just after 7:00 p.m, while in a parking lot on the corner of 23rd and University. Police say the victim was shot with a small caliber handgun. We are told he was conscious and talking when he was taken to the hospital. Police are not yet releasing his name.

  • Drive-By Shooting in Des Moines’ Sherman Hill

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines Police are investigating a drive-by shooting in the normally quiet Sherman Hill neighborhood. In Sherman Hill, gunfire is a rarity. That is until early Tuesday morning when police say someone opened fire near an apartment building. Neighbors say the tenants of that building, and their landlord, are to blame for the end to the neighborhood’s peace. Janet Huston lives right next door to the apartment building in the 800 block of 18th Street. “We have […]


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