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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
  • Forty-five cats, about half of them mummified were found in a Des Moines homes. (WHO-HD)

    Police: Cat Hoarder Had 45 Cats; Some Mummified

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Police say it’s amazing anyone could live in this kind of filth.  Spoiled food, animal feces and trash cover the living room floor.  Police say it’s hard to tell the difference between the linoleum and the carpet. And in the middle of it all — 45 cats. “Twenty of them which were dead and all that was really left was just a mummified shell, and then 25-live cats that we removed from the home and we […]

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    Local Protester Disappointed with Michael Brown Decision

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A local peace activist is disappointed with the St. Louis Grand Jury’s Decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.  We watched the decision with Mothers Against Violence founder Calvetta Williams.   “My thoughts is that’s crazy. That’s crazy. Justice wasn’t served,” Williams says, shaking her head. Williams watched the decision from her home in Des Moines. Back in August, she was in Ferguson, marching alongside other protesters.  She thinks the […]

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    Police to Release More Details Today in Yik Yak Threat to School

    PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — We hope to learn more Friday after the Southeast Polk School district says Pleasant Hill Police have found two students that they believe are responsible for a series of online threats against the high school. Parents and students say they were terrorized by the threats.  “Scary,” says Connie Vancleave, whose daughter goes to Southeast Polk, “I mean when your child says they don’t want to go to school and you’re walking them out to the door […]

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    Police Suspect Copy Cat in Southeast Polk Threats

    UPDATE: The school district says two students have been caught in connection with the threats against Southeast Polk High School. Charges are pending. PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — For police in Pleasant Hill investigating a series of on anonymous line threats  at Southeast Polk High School, it’s gotten personal. The postings are appearing on the social media app Yik-Yak.  And the threats have turned to taunting of police. One reads “Why is you all snitching on my yak to the cops. […]

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    Bullet Misses Teen’s Head by Inches During Shooting Spree

    PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — We now know the name of the gunman who, police say, fired at three people in Pleasant Hill early Monday morning,  injuring two of them. Monday evening authorities charged 32-year-old Pete Polson with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of willful injury,  intimidation with a dangerous weapon, and possession of weapon as a felon.  He is in the Polk County Jail on an $85,000 bond. Police say Polson’s shooting spree began around 6:30 Monday morning in front […]

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    Local City’s Leadership Going Down the Drain

    LUTHER, Iowa — City hall in the small city of Luther is empty. The city clerk quit. The city attorney was fired. A council member stepped down. Thursday night the mayor quit. “The original objectives I had for the city when I took over as mayor have been bypassed,” says now former Mayor Frank Duroy, “It’s impossible now to make them work in the city. Now it’s neighbor against neighbor and friend against friend. People who at one time you […]

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    Grinnell Factory Closes; 75 to Lose Jobs

    GRINNELL, Iowa — In Grinnell, it’s the end of an era. After 62-years in business, the Donaldson muffler manufacturing plant is closing down, taking with it 75 jobs. City manager Russ Behrens isn’t surprised.  “They’ve been transitioning for well over a decade,” he says, “They’ve announced several layoffs. Downsizes.” In a press release, Minneapolis-based company execs blame the closure on recent diesel emission regulations that reduce the need for the kinds of mufflers that were produced here. The city hopes […]

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    Channel 13 Investigation Helps Close Cold Case

    DES MOINES, Iowa — For nine years Des Moines police have been investigating a cold case involving a homeless man whose body was found in the river. Now that man’s family has some closure. “We were able to present the cremains of what we’ve been calling John Doe 2005 for the past nine years to the family today….it’s good,” says Polk County Chief Medical Examiner Gregory Schmunk. Schmunk fights back tears as he talks about finally giving a family closure. […]

  • First Cold Snap has Furnace Repair Businesses Busy

    DES MOINES, Iowa — With the sharp dip in temperatures this week has brought and no warm-up in the forecast, the few remaining hold-outs likely caved-in and turned on the furnace Tuesday morning. For some, that’s when the problems started. It happens every year. As soon as the mercury dips service calls for furnaces go up. At Wyckoff Heating and Cooling they had more than 350-calls for service Tuesday. “What happens is they’ll wait till it’s 20-degrees outside and then […]

  • Jayda Canada died just a week after her 5th birthday.

    Des Moines Police Investigate 5-Year-Old’s Death

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines police are investigating the death of a little girl, and they say charges could be filed in the case. Jayda Canada died just one week after her fifth birthday. Family members called paramedics to  her mother’s apartment on Second Avenue in Des Moines on October 7. Police immediately responded when the call came out that a child so young was in cardiac arrest. “Cardiac arrest of an 80-year old , you wouldn’t send police […]

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    Battling Bedbugs on a Budget

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Wednesday we introduced you to Shirley Winslow, a West Des Moines shut-in suffering with an inoperable brain tumor, and now also apparently suffering with bedbugs. She says her apartment complex did little to help. Don Miller with D&D Pest Control of Ames saw the story and offered to help for free. He checked out Winslow’s apartment.  “I’m looking just in every crack and crevice to see what I can see. Honestly it’s not rocket science. […]

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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 […]


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