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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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    IOWA FALLS, Iowa — Jennifer Wallace is furious. She just found out her eight-year-old son Tavian, who has ADHD, was locked in a prison-cell like room at Rock Run Elementary School in Iowa Falls for so long, he eventually urinated in the corner. “I was told that my son was put in it because he was being violent towards himself but we were never told by the principal when he called to tell us about the incident that he was […]

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    Half of Nevada Cops are Quitting, City Leaders Refuse to Comment

    NEVADA, Iowa — There has been a mass exodus at the Nevada Police Department with most of the force’s officers quitting.  City leaders are refusing to talk about what they will do about it. Cali Smith of Nevada got her wish. Last June, she called police twice when she says a man chased her into her home.  But she says police never showed up. Nevada Police Officer Hillary Cale says she checked out Smith’s garage, didn’t see anything, so she […]

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    Iowa Mom Charged with Dealing Drugs Again, Children Removed

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    STORY COUNTY, Iowa — For more than 30-miles, 43-year old Jason Collins of Marshalltown led police on a high speed chase through two counties. “It was obvious from the beginning this individual didn’t want to stop,” said Captain Barry Thomas with the Story County Sheriff’s Office, “Speeds reached anywhere from 100 to 110 miles per hour.” The chase started in Ames when police tried to pull Collins over for suspicion of drunk driving. Story County Sheriff’s Deputies picked up the […]

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    Mother Lies to Protect Pit Bull Who Bit Child

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    Gang Using Homeless to Scam Des Moines Businesses

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  • Johnston Baby Born In Livingroom

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  • Family Asks For Prayers After Doctors Remove Massive Tumor From Baby

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    Police: Cat Hoarder Had 45 Cats; Some Mummified

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Police say it’s amazing anyone could live in this kind of filth.  Spoiled food, animal feces and trash cover the living room floor.  Police say it’s hard to tell the difference between the linoleum and the carpet. And in the middle of it all — 45 cats. “Twenty of them which were dead and all that was really left was just a mummified shell, and then 25-live cats that we removed from the home and we […]

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    Local Protester Disappointed with Michael Brown Decision

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A local peace activist is disappointed with the St. Louis Grand Jury’s Decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.  We watched the decision with Mothers Against Violence founder Calvetta Williams.   “My thoughts is that’s crazy. That’s crazy. Justice wasn’t served,” Williams says, shaking her head. Williams watched the decision from her home in Des Moines. Back in August, she was in Ferguson, marching alongside other protesters.  She thinks the […]

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    Police to Release More Details Today in Yik Yak Threat to School

    PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — We hope to learn more Friday after the Southeast Polk School district says Pleasant Hill Police have found two students that they believe are responsible for a series of online threats against the high school. Parents and students say they were terrorized by the threats.  “Scary,” says Connie Vancleave, whose daughter goes to Southeast Polk, “I mean when your child says they don’t want to go to school and you’re walking them out to the door […]


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