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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
  • Fired Newton Newspaper Editor Files Discrimination Charge

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A local newspaper editor, fired after he made anti-gay comments on his personal blog, now says the paper is trampling on his constitutional rights. “It wasn’t for publication,” explained former Newton Daily News editor Bob Eschilman, “It was for a personal blog that maybe 30 people a day were looking at. Mainly family and friends.” So Eschilman is filing a complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “For me this is not even close to […]

  • Illegal Immigrant Children Placed In Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Just days after Governor Terry Branstad said illegal immigrant children at the center of the southern border crisis are not welcome in Iowa, we find out some are already here. In an e-mail response to our questions about illegal immigrants being placed in Iowa, Kenneth Wolfe with the U.S. Department of Health and Human services wrote: “To clarify, there have been 122 minors discharged from the unaccompanied alien children program and placed with sponsors in Iowa […]

  • Neighbors surrounding St. Joseph's Church in Des Moines are concerned an expansion project will cause more flooding on their properties. (WHO-HD)

    Neighbors Fear Church Expansion Will Lead to More Flooding

    DES MOINES, Iowa — As Saint Joseph’s Church on Des Moines’ east side grows, so do concerns from neighbors about flooding. In Julie Hess’ back yard is a drainage pipe that carries all the storm water from the church property on to her property. Over the years, she says, the water has eroded her back yard and damaged her home. “When I first moved here this crack was maybe about this..this deep,” Hess says, pointing to a large crack in […]

  • Three-year-old Kelly Yeager suffers from a seizure disorder doctors say will one day kill her.

    Motorcycle Ride Organized for Sick Johnston Child

    JOHNSTON, Iowa — It’s a final wish for a very sick little girl, to see a sea of motorcyclists paying her a visit. These days, three-year-old Kelly Yeager doesn’t smile much. She has a disorder that weakens her skeletal system and causes seizures so violent that her bones break. The seizures started about two years ago. Doctors still don’t know why. What they do know is Kelly doesn’t have much longer. There’s one thing that does make Kelly smile though. […]

  • Blair Van Staalduine of Marshalltown was given a three-game suspension after school officials say he made a "racist" hand gesture in a photo.

    Parents Threaten to Sue School After Son is Accused of Racism

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — An outstanding athlete and student at Marshalltown High School has been suspended from playing three football games in the fall because his parents say the school misinterpreted a symbol of school pride — as a symbol of white pride. Now, the principal is accusing the student, Blair Van Staalduine, of being a racist. “We were appalled,” Blair’s mother, Cathy Van Staalduine, said, “We were appalled and so was he. Absolutely. Because the furthest thing from Blair is […]

  • Kyle Thompson wants to open up a snake breeding business in his Ames home. (WHO-HD)

    Ames Says No to Snake Breeder

    AMES, Iowa — Call it snakes on a Twain. Twain Street, that is, in Ames. That’s where 26-year-old Kyle Thompson lives with 44 snakes. “A lot of people are afraid of snakes and it’s an irrational fear,” Thompson says, “I understand irrational fear. I have the same irrational fear of spiders.” It’s that irrational fear, Thompson says, that’s stopping him from turning his love for boas and pythons into his career. The city of Ames recently turned down his application […]

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    Gov. Branstad Says No to Illegals

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The immigration crisis hits home, with Gov. Terry Branstad saying illegals are not welcome in Iowa. “Just because we’re an empathetic and supportive country doesn’t mean that we can take everybody,” Branstad told reporters, “The first thing we need to do is secure the border and I do have empathy for these kids, but I also don’t want to send the signal that send your kids to America illegally. That’s not the right message.” Maria Rodriguez-Romero […]

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    National Championship Focuses on Abilities, Not Disabilities

    AMES, Iowa — When most people see double amputee AJ Digby for the first time on the track, they underestimate him. That only happens once. “Before a race somebody will say that poor kid or it’s good that he’s going out there to try,” Digby says, “And then once the race starts and we cross the finish line and I beat most of the kids out there then they’re starting to wonder, hey is he cheating, like what’s happening?” Digby […]

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    VEISHEA Task Force Report Released, Decision Up to Leath Now

    AMES, Iowa — The final recommendations of a task force on the future of VEISHEA were released Friday evening. It will now be up to Iowa State’s president to make a final decision on the tradition. READ: VEISHEA Final Recommendations Report President Leath formed the task force after this year’s VEISHEA festival ended in violence. Thousands of people took to the streets in Ames’ Campustown, tipping over a car and pulling down light posts. One student was seriously injured when […]

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    Escaping from Domestic Abuse Difficult for Many Victims

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Shaun Hogan, the 36-year-old Waterloo man accused of killing his girlfriend and abducting her children, has a long and violent criminal history that includes several counts of stalking, criminal mischief, kidnapping, and false imprisonment. Advocates for survivors of domestic abuse say often it’s difficult for victims to get away from someone like that. “They might not have access to an agency in their community, to monetary funds, to a car, to their children,” says Lindsay Pingel […]

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    Mount Ayr Woman Relives Being Held Hostage with Son by Armed Ex

    MOUNT AYR, Iowa — A Mount Ayr woman and her teenage son are OK after escaping from her gun-toting soon-to-be ex-husband. Valerie Longstreath thought Tuesday would be the last night of her life. That’s the night she answered her door to find her soon-to-be ex, Randy, standing there with a shotgun. “So I opened the door a little bit and I seen him standing there with a gun and I shut he door and locked it and I moved over […]

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    Des Moines City Manager Candidates Discuss Qualifications

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It was the public’s first chance to meet the four people vying for the position of city manager in the city of Des Moines. Tuesday was sort of a casual meet and greet. Wednesday the hard questions start. That’s when city council will interview the candidates one on one. Mayor Frank Cownie says city leaders are looking for someone who not only has the skills to manage, but also the personality. “You always want somebody who works […]


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