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

  • 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...
    Read More ›

    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,...
    Read More ›

    stranger danger
  • CHARGES PENDING: Teens Kill American Bald Eagle

    Posted on: 8:55 pm, February 13, 2014, by , updated on: 10:45pm, February 13, 2014

    Two teens are expected to face charges after police say they intentionally shot and killed an American bald eagle. Police...
    Read More ›

    american eagle
  • QUICK THINKING: Ankeny Teen Gets Heroism Award

    Posted on: 9:22 pm, February 12, 2014, by , updated on: 10:56pm, February 12, 2014

    An Ankeny teen has received one of scouting’s highest honors for risking his own life to save his father, brother,...
    Read More ›

    scout lifesaver
  • LAB BACKLOG: DCI Workload To Almost Double

    Posted on: 9:08 pm, February 11, 2014, by , updated on: 10:45pm, February 11, 2014

    The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation crime lab is already back-logged by thousands of cases, and the problem will likely...
    Read More ›

    dci guns
  • PRICE EASES: Propane Still Twice As Much As Last Year

    Posted on: 8:57 pm, February 10, 2014, by , updated on: 11:03pm, February 10, 2014

    Propane prices are dipping but they’re still well above last year’s prices. Back in January, experts feared Iowa would run...
    Read More ›

  • BABY FOUND: Events Shock Small Town

    Posted on: 10:08 pm, February 7, 2014, by , updated on: 10:57pm, February 7, 2014

    Residents in West Branch are surprised that the baby who was the focus of a multi-state search was found in...
    Read More ›

  • FRAUD RAID: Victim Is Former Ankeny Officer

    Posted on: 9:57 pm, February 6, 2014, by , updated on: 10:55pm, February 6, 2014

    There’s new information Thursday after an Ankeny police SWAT team burst into a home to investigate an alleged credit card...
    Read More ›

    fraud ankeny raid
  • ANAMOSA BLUES: Hard Rock While Doing Hard Time

    Posted on: 10:41 pm, February 5, 2014, by

    When the band Dead Time jams they don’t hold back. But you can’t buy Dead Time’s cd or see them...
    Read More ›

    music mic
  • CHIEF RESPONDS: We Knocked For ’10-12 Seconds’

    Posted on: 5:19 pm, February 5, 2014, by , updated on: 10:24pm, February 5, 2014

    Ankeny police are defending their use of force to enter a Des Moines home on a warrant looking for items...
    Read More ›

    ankeny police raid
  • NEW DETAILS: Ankeny Police Responds After Raid

    Posted on: 9:48 pm, February 4, 2014, by , updated on: 10:39am, February 5, 2014

    New details are emerging in the story first aired on Channel 13 which has since gathered national attention.
    Read More ›

    ankeny search
  • RAID FILMED: Ankeny Police ‘Traumatize’ Family

    Posted on: 9:51 pm, February 3, 2014, by , updated on: 05:26pm, February 4, 2014

    Members of a Des Moines family say they were terrorized in their own home by Ankeny police.
    Read More ›

    ankeny police raid