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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.

Recent Articles
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    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are investigating the theft of a $100,000 lawn mower that the thief simply drove away in. Surveillance video shows the brazen day light theft. It happened Sunday at about 5 p.m. on Southeast 14th Street. The thieves stole the massive industrial sized Toro lawn mower, then drove it about a mile away to the Harriet Street Boat Ramp where they dumped it near the river. Durveillance video shows the thieves first cased the […]

  • Another Dahls Closes

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    Ames School Bus Problems Persist

    AMES, Iowa — Like a lot of parents in Ames, Mariana Serao isn’t very happy with Durham School Bus Service right now. This past week, the school bus showed up too early one morning, leaving her 8-year-old daughter Clara behind. Then, in the afternoon, the bus dropped Clara off about half hour late. “It was 30 minutes. Thirty minutes that I called the office and nobody gave me any information. It was either busy or on an answering machine,” Serao says, […]

  • Sheriff’s Office Releases Video Of Homeless Woman’s Arrest

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A homeless disabled woman says she was roughed up by a Polk County Deputy. But his patrol car video tells the full story. Diane Smith, who says she suffers with post traumatic stress disorder, says she was panhandling near the Hubbell Avenue exit from Highway 65 this month when the deputy slammed her to the ground and choked her service dog with a leash. But the patrol car video tells the whole story. WATCH: DASHCAM VIDEO […]

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    Homeless Woman Says Deputy Used Excessive Force

    ALTOONA, Iowa — A homeless, handicapped woman says she was attacked by a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy, simply because she is homeless. For eight months, Diane Smith says she has been panhandling near the Highway 65 off ramp on Hubbell Avenue without any problems. That is until recently, when the 50-year-old says she was attacked by a Polk County Deputy, who she says also choked her service dog. Smith says Deputy Adam Rodgers called her to his patrol car. She […]

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    Motives of Mother Accused of Faking Daughter’s Cancer Questioned

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    Scholarship Named for Former Valley Athlete Who Died in Police Custody

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Almost three months after a stand out student and athlete died in police custody in Missouri, police still won’t release details. Thursday, friends and family honored the 20-year-old the best way they knew how. On May 31st, 20-year-old Brandon Ellingson was arrested on the Lake of the Ozarks, suspected of boating while intoxicated. He was put onto a police boat, but didn’t make it to shore alive. Thursday night, the former Valley High School football […]

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    Newton Mother Accused of Letting Man Have Sex with Her 11-Year-Old Daughter

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    Thieves Steal Bed That was Supposed to be Sold for Funeral Expenses

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    Homeless Fear Bedbugs in Shelter

    DES MOINES, Iowa — While the City of Des Moines clears homeless camps, some homeless people say they are afraid to go to shelters because of bedbugs. “Yeah, I don’t want…bedbugs will eat you alive,” says Douglas Weise, who is homeless. Wiese doesn’t want to leave his campsite. And, he says, he definitely doesn’t want to go to a shelter; in part, he says, because of the bedbugs. At Central Iowa Shelter and Services, they admit there is a bedbug […]

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    Des Moines Demonstrators Protest Police Brutality

    DES MOINES, Iowa — About two dozen demonstrators turned out in front of the State Capitol Thursday evening as part of a nationwide protest of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri and police brutality nationwide. The rally was organized by Darriana Donegan, a Drake University student from Saint Louis. Her father lives just five minutes from the rioting. Donegan says, while the violence in Ferguson is in the spotlight, racism and police brutality exist everywhere. “It keeps happening. And it seems […]

  • Cash is Still King at Iowa State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The idea to go cashless at the Iowa State Fair created a lot of backlash when fair organizers announced it earlier this year, but the idea was quickly scrapped. Now that the fair is here, most fairgoers are glad the plan was never put into place. There’s an old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  That’s a lesson the State Fair Board learned the hard way. If you want to tick off an Iowan, […]


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