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

  • 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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  • COLD CASE: Daughter Questions Timing Of Mother’s Arrest

    Posted on: 2:08 am, March 6, 2014, by and

    The unusual timing of an arrest in a murder cold case has some questioning whether its justice or publicity that’s...
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  • WATER WOES: Leon Deals With Water Main Break

    Posted on: 9:38 am, March 5, 2014, by , updated on: 09:56am, March 5, 2014

    Water woes for the small city of Leon. An old water main broke Monday night, quickly tapping the town. “We...
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  • ANNIVERSARY VIGIL: Arrest Made In 31 Year Cold Case

    Posted on: 9:57 pm, March 3, 2014, by , updated on: 10:33pm, March 3, 2014

    Today marks the 31st anniversary of the Copper Dollar Ranch murders. As friends joined together to remember the victims Monday...
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  • COLD CASE: Victim’s Wife Charged In 1983 Murders

    Posted on: 11:15 am, March 3, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:10pm, March 3, 2014

    The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says the estranged wife of one of the victims of the 1983 Copper Dollar Ranch...
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    Courtesy: www.findjodi.com
  • FINAL JOURNEY: USS Forrestal End Saddens Vet

    Posted on: 8:59 pm, February 27, 2014, by , updated on: 10:37pm, February 27, 2014

    This week the first of the Navy’s super aircraft carriers, the USS Forrestal, will be cut up for scrap metal. For...
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  • TAX INCENTIVES: Carrier Wants Ft. Dodge Return

    Posted on: 8:56 pm, February 26, 2014, by , updated on: 10:24pm, February 26, 2014

    Earlier this month, Great Lakes Airlines suspended it’s service leaving Fort Dodge Regional Airport high and dry. Now, Great Lakes...
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    great lakes airlines
  • HOME INVASIONS: Crimes ‘Aren’t Random’

    Posted on: 8:39 pm, February 25, 2014, by , updated on: 10:18pm, February 25, 2014

    Des Moines has seen a spike in violent home invasions to start the year. But police say the crimes aren’t...
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    home invasion
  • KNOCKOUT GAME: Dangerous Attacks In Ames

    Posted on: 8:55 pm, February 24, 2014, by , updated on: 10:13pm, February 24, 2014

    Police in Ames are investigating what could be a case of the “knockout game.” The “knockout game” is where someone...
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    ames police
  • SNOW ROUTES: Motorists Ticketed Unfairly

    Posted on: 11:22 pm, February 20, 2014, by

    If you live in the city of Des Moines, you may have to pay a parking fine and a fee,...
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  • CITY SETTLES: $75K To Groom Bloodied By DM Cop

    Posted on: 9:42 pm, February 18, 2014, by , updated on: 10:47pm, February 18, 2014

    The city of Des Moines is paying a $75,000 settlement to a man who says he was beaten by police...
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    Officer Cody Grimes was cleared but the city still handed out a $75K settlement
  • ATTEMPTED ABDUCTIONS: Stranger Danger Reminder

    Posted on: 8:42 pm, February 14, 2014, by , updated on: 11:01pm, February 14, 2014

    West Des Moines police are investigating three reported attempted child abductions over just two weeks. And in all three cases,...
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    stranger danger