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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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    Home Bound Woman Lives in Bedbug Infested Apartment

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — A West Des Moines woman, who is home bound because of several health conditions, says she is being eaten alive by bedbugs. And she says her apartment complex is doing nothing to help. “The night before last I had 15 bites. Last night I got eight new ones. Upper torso. Upper arms,” Shirley Winslow says, “It’s pathetic. I’m sleeping with the lights on. What little sleep I’m able to get.” Winslow knows her days are […]

  • Grinnell Man Charged with Attempted Murder for Second Time in Two Years

    GRINNELL, Iowa — A Grinnell man  has been charged with attempted murder for the second time in two years. His ex-wife says she’s afraid it’s just a matter of time before he kills her. “Yes. Absolutely. No doubt in my mind,” says Beate Burnell. Her ex, Larry Burnell, was arrested over the weekend and charged with attempted murder after police say he brutally beat a neighbor with a stick. This is the second time Larry Burnell has been charged with attempted […]

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    How Kids React to Negative Political Ads

    DES MOINES, Iowa — We’ve all heard the negative political ads. Especially the US Senate race between Joni Ernst and Bruce Braley. But what kind of an impact are those ads having on our children? We went to Greenwood Elementary School in Des Moines. We didn’t show the kids any advertisements, but asked them what they knew about Joni Ernst based on ads they’ve already seen on TV. “She’s taking away medicine. And that’s all I really know,” says 9-year […]

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    Story County Sheriff Criticized Over Political Ad

    STORY COUNTY, Iowa — A local sheriff is coming under fire for appearing in a campaign commercial supporting Bruce Braley. But the problem isn’t what the sheriff said in the ad, it’s what appeared in the ad with him. The spot shows Story County Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald standing by a patrol car, slamming Senate Candidate Joni Ernst over her position on guns. Fitzgerald says he contacted the National Sheriffs Association first, and was told appearing in the commercial was not […]

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    Pharmacist: No Flu Vaccine Shortage

    URBANDALE, Iowa — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a statement saying that some flu vaccine shipments have been delayed. But that should have little impact on the metro. “Right now in the market there’s plenty of what they call the trivalent vaccine which is the one that about 90-percent of the population gets here in the United States,” said John Forbes, a pharmacist with Medicap in Urbandale.  “The ones that we’re having a little bit of […]

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    Des Moines Dog Deemed Dangerous to be Destroyed

    DES MOINES, Iowa — An administrative hearing officer has ruled that a pit bull that bit two children over a  five-month period should be put down. The dog, named Cash, bit one child in April and the other in September. Police deemed the dog dangerous under city code, but Cash’s owner, Heather Hildreth,  contested the decision arguing the children, in both cases seven-year-old boys, provoked the dog. In the most recent case, she says the child came into her home […]

  • Nevada Woman Asks Council to Fire Police Officer

    NEVADA, Iowa — A Nevada woman wants a city cop fired after she says her call for help was ignored by police. Monday night, she made her case before city council. Cali Smith of Nevada says she could have been killed, and she blames her police department, she says, for doing nothing when she needed them most. “It was a huge mistake,” Smith told the crowd in city council chambers, “Folks, it could have cost me my life.” Back in […]

  • Nevada Woman Says Cry for Help was Ignored

    NEVADA, Iowa — A Nevada woman wants a police officer fired and the chief demoted after she called for help and no one came. For Cali Smith, it was the scariest day of her life. She says she was standing in front of her house June 30th watching a storm roll in, when a man she had never seen before approached her. She says the man chased her into her attached garage and tried to get in her home. Smith […]

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    Motel Guests Forced Out After Building Condemned

    URBANDALE, Iowa — It’s moving day for the 30 or so remaining long term residents of the Villa Lodge Motel in Urbandale. The city has condemned the 41-year old building.  With a leaky roof and complaints about pests, the city has deemed the building unfit for occupancy, and the guests that remain here are forced to move. Residents we spoke with didn’t want to leave. “I ride my bike all through the neighborhood. Through the street. Nice and clean neighborhood. No […]

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    Police Chief’s Daughter Accused in Hit & Run that Hurt Child

    FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Police in Fairfield didn’t have to look far to find a car believed to have been involved with a hit and run.  It was registered to the newly appointed police chief, and his daughter admits she was driving it at the time. Seven-year-old Phoenix Hagans of Fairfield was riding his bicycle to school with his siblings when he was hit October 8.  His brother, Tyson Newcomer, saw the whole thing.  “We came around the corner over by […]

  • Fort Dodge Police: Teen Charged After Attacking Jogger

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — A 15-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after Fort Dodge Police say he attacked a jogger.  Investigators say this isn’t the first time. “I don’t know what would possess someone to get up in the morning and go down to the nature trail and attack somebody,” says Police Chief Kevin Doty, “Just really doesn’t make sense.” But police say that’s what happened. They say the teen attacked the woman as she jogged along the […]

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    Teens Save Dog Trapped in Mud

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Students with an 8th grade class from Bergman Academy are being hailed as heroes. They were jogging around the drained Greenwood Pond as part of a gym class Thursday when they spotted two dogs, one stuck in the mud and the other by its side. “It was a pretty short dog. It didn’t have very long legs so it was stuck in there pretty good and it couldn’t get out because its legs were too short,” […]


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