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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, Iowa — The football field at East High School was dark Friday night. The Ames School District decided not to allow players to play at East after rumors about possible violence. “The police have informed us there’s no reason not to have a football game tonight,” says Des Moines School District spokesman Phil Roeder. “But people in Ames and Boone seem to think they know more about what’s going on in Des Moines than we do. It’s just wrong.” […]

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    Iowa National Guard Could be Called On to Help Fight Ebola

    DES MOINES, Iowa — President Obama has authorized the call-up of National Guard troops, if needed, to help combat Ebola in West Africa. It’s an idea that isn’t sitting too well with the family of one National Guardsman. Ashley and Travis Kerr say they can never get used to the idea of their father going into harms way to serve his country. But they’ve come to terms with it. Until now. Their dad, Jeff Kerr, is a staff sergeant with […]

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    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police have deemed a pit bull who bit two children in two separate incidents over the past few months “dangerous.” But the dog’s owners are fighting to keep the dog alive. Seven-year-old Jashawn Fleming’s physical scars are healing, but the mental scars, that’s another story. Last month, Jashawn went to visit a friend in his east side apartment building when the friend’s pit bull got out and lunged at him. “The dog was right […]

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    Regents Consider Tuition Increase

    AMES, Iowa — The State Board of Regents is considering raising undergraduate tuition by 1.75%. and at the same time, they’re paying a consultant more than $3 million to figure out ways the universities can save money. When you think of “struggling college student,” you’re probably thinking about someone like ISU freshman Jory Wernette. “I’m sitting here riding my bike all the time and I’ve just got a drawer of Ramen noodles that I eat all the time,” Wernette says. He […]

  • Former Senator May Be Illegally Possessing Guns

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Disgraced former State Senator Kent Sorenson violated terms of his pre-sentencing release by testing positive for marijuana. And that may not be his only violation. Sorenson pleaded guilty last year to accepting thousands of dollars for supporting one presidential candidate over another. He faces up to 25-years in prison. While awaiting sentencing, Sorenson failed a drug test that was taken September 30. Under the terms of his release, he is also forbidden from possessing firearms. But in […]

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    Ankeny Officer in Frisbee Golf ‘Profiling’ Incident Identified

    ANKENY, Iowa — We now know the name and the history of an Ankeny police officer who tried to search a car because he said everyone who plays Frisbee golf smokes pot. On a video of the October 2 traffic stop, Officer Aaron King can be seen asking the motorist if he plays Frisbee Golf. When the motorist says yes, Officer King asks, “Why is it that everybody that plays Frisbee golf smokes weed?” King then asks to search the […]

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    Ankeny Cop Tries To Search Car Because ‘Everybody that Plays Frisbee Golf Smokes Weed’

    ANKENY, Iowa — Ankeny’s police chief is apologizing after a video surfaced showing an officer trying to search a motorist’s car because, according to the officer, everyone who plays Frisbee golf smokes pot. The video, which was taken by the motorist, starts with the officer giving that unknown motorist a warning about driving without headlights. Then the officer begins his interrogation. “You play frisbee golf?” the officer asks. “I do actually. I play out at Heritage (Park)”  the motorist replies. […]

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    Local Emergency Responders Discuss Ebola

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Dozens of emergency responders and medical professionals learned the basics of Ebola Wednesday, and what to do should there be an outbreak in the metro. “What we do know is we do have the tools and we do have the resources to manage Ebola in the United States,” said county disease prevention supervisor Kari Labada Townsend. “Isolation of symptomatic patients, contact tracing and monitoring, our use of appropriate equipment and procedures, infection control measures, and communication are […]

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    Dallas County Considers Building New Jail to Address ‘Growing Pains’

    WOODWARD, Iowa — The population of Dallas County has more than doubled over the past 15-years. More people means more crime. So the sheriff says the county needs a new law enforcement office and a new administration building. “Our dispatch center dispatches for a majority of Dallas County,” Sheriff Chad Leonard explains, “Fire, EMS, rescue, and most of the police departments we do a lot of stuff that the police departments don’t do and we’re responsible for a lot of things […]

  • Campaign Sign Battle Wages in Webster City

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — Political signs are raising constitutional questions in one small community. Yard signs are considered a form of free speech but their size and how long they can remain up can be regulated by municipalities. In Webster City, Dee Dora says her right is being threatened. She has nine signs in her yard. Currently, homeowners have 45-days to take down temporary signs more than 20-square feet. Residents like Dora say that was enough time to keep the […]

  • Missouri Lawmakers Discuss Merger That May Have Impacted Clive Man’s Drowning

    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — The drowning death of a Clive man is now part of a Statehouse hearing in Missouri. Twenty-year-old Brandon Ellingson drowned at the Lake of the Ozarks on May 31st, while handcuffed and in police custody. Lawmakers in Missouri are now trying to determine if a merger between the Highway Patrol and the Water Patrol three years ago was a good idea. While representatives did not directly address Ellingson’s drowning they did have plenty of concerns about […]

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    Police Investigating Three Possible Child Abduction Cases

    GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa — Police are investigating what could be the third child abduction attempt in the past two days. On Sunday in Gowrie, a 13-year-old girl says a white man in a dark colored ski mask tried to abduct her. And in Dayton, a five-year-old girl says a man with a similar description tried to grab her. Now, on Monday,a woman tells police she was walking with her three-year-old daughter and her dog near the corner of 12th Street […]


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