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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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  • Des Moines to Take DOT to Court Over Traffic Cameras

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The battle over whether Des Moines will keep it’s automated traffic cameras on I-235 will be decided in a courtroom. Back in March, the Department of Transportation (DOT) asked the city to remove the cameras. The DOT says the cameras do not reduce accidents or improve safety. The city appealed the decision, and on Tuesday, the DOT rejected that appeal. “The DOT was really looking for new information from the city and we really didn’t get that […]

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    Iowa Passes ‘Safe At Home’ Law

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Judy and Alan Harberts of Grundy County haven’t seen their daughter or granddaughter for more than a year. Their daughter, Hannah, left the state to escape an abusive husband. She had to.  He was using public records to stalk her. “I miss her. We miss her,” Judy Harberts said, “Her family misses her and she misses us and we know it.” Hannah moved to California, which has a “Safe at Home” law, keeping the addresses of […]

  • Bill Could Boost Already Strong Home Sales

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  • Family Uses Social Media To Try To Find Thieves

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines family was ripped off, but before they went to police, they turned to social media for help. The two thieves stole a central air conditioning system from the East Side family in broad daylight while the family was outside barbecuing just a few feet away. The thieves then drove off in a pick up truck. Fortunately, the family had installed security cameras after the last time they were burglarized, so the whole crime was […]

  • Des Moines Moves Forward With East Village Development Project

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines parking lot is getting a lot of attention lately. Not because of what it is, but because of what it could be. The lot, right across the street from City Hall, is owned by the city. But a couple of developers are eyeing it for a $60 million project that could include retail, office space and apartments. “I love the concept,” said City Councilman Joe Gatto. “It meets the needs of the East […]

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    Des Moines Tearing Down Ash Trees To Combat Borer

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  • Reaction to Mother Takes Control of Rioting Son

    When the flames are extinguished. When the rocks stop flying. When the dust settles. There is one video we may remember most from the Baltimore riots. An angry woman, reportedly the mother of one of the rioters, slapping some sense into him and shouting at him to take off his mask and get out of there. He does. Cynthia Hunafa volunteers at Creative Visions in Des Moines inner city. She is also a mother. “I, I applaud that mother,” Hunafa […]

  • Stray Bullets Miss Sleeping Child By A Few Feet

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Des Moines family is crediting God with sparing their daughter after stray bullets ripped through the four year old’s room. On Monday, Jim Puls patched bullet holes in the wall of his four-year-old daughter’s bedroom. The rounds tore through the home just after midnight. Police say 25-year old Cletio Clark stopped by the house next door to talk with his ex-girlfriend. Clark became enraged, and police said he pulled out a pistol and began firing. […]

  • Johnny Gosch Documentary Premieres Locally

    DES MOINES, Iowa — This is the local weekend premiere of a documentary about a West Des Moines paperboy who was kidnapped more than 30 years ago. And it’s stirring up a lot of memories. Sunday, September 5, 1982 was the day that forever changed Central Iowa. It was the day Johnny Gosch was kidnapped in West Des Moines. Over the next few years, two more boys disappeared under similar circumstances. This weekend, the Fleur Cinema in Des Moines is showing […]

  • Teen Killed After Truck Goes Off Broken Bridge

    GUTHRIE CENTER, Iowa — Investigators are looking for answers after a popular Guthrie Center teen died after plunging his truck off a broken bridge. Thursday, friends gathered at the spot where 16-year old Zachary Meacham died after his truck went over a 30 foot drop into Brushy Creek in Guthrie County. Friends remember the six foot four teen, known as “Mountain Man” because of his height, as the consummate redneck who loved farming, Mountain Dew, and his lifted pickup-truck. “He […]

  • Mom Wants Trained Crossing Guards After Son Hit By Car

    A metro mom wants a local school to do more to protect kids after her son was run over by a car. But she says no one is listening, even though the school may have been partially responsible for the accident. Her son, Landon was run over by a car in front of Howe Elementary School last February while crossing the street. His ankle and leg were crushed. According to the police report, a student teacher who had been helping […]


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