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Aaron Hepker, the Director of Digital Content, joined the WHO-HD team in April 2014. Aaron works with our team of multimedia producers and journalists to make sure content on our digital platforms and social media channels is up-to-date.

Aaron was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

In the third grade, after several years of flirting with the idea of running for President, Aaron decided he wanted to pursue a career in the media. As a 12-year-old, he delivered his first weathercast on a local radio station (conveniently, it was owned by a relative).

At 16, Aaron landed his first real job in media as a weather intern at KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids. That turned into a part-time position as a studio camera operator during evening newscasts. Shortly before starting his freshman year at Iowa State University, Aaron was given the opportunity to maintain the station website, kcrg.com, and decided that his passion was digital journalism.

In his 13-years at KCRG, he experienced 9/11, the start of the second Iraq War, the historic floods of 2008 that devastated many Eastern Iowa communities, elections, numerous tornadoes and blizzards. He served as executive producer for KCRG's EMMY award-nominated, on-air and online coverage of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. He also oversaw the station's Election Night coverage in 2012.

Aaron was part of a team that won an EMMY Award for interactivity in 2006. He has received multiple awards from the Northwest Broadcast News Association and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.

In his free time, Aaron enjoys exploring Des Moines with his friends.

Follow Aaron on Twitter: @ahepker

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    Santa Tracker

    We’ve partnered up with NORAD to track Santa on Christmas Eve. We’ll post video updates throughout the day on the WHO-HD Weather Facebook page.

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    Rainy Start to Christmas Week

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Winter officially begins today and with it comes a more active weather pattern for Christmas week. Meteorologist Megan Salois said a strong storm from the Pacific Northwest is crossing the Rocky Mountains today. The system will bring us a few weather hassles through Tuesday. Sunday: Clouds and strong southerly winds. Temperatures in the low 40s. Rain begins late Sunday after midnight. Monday: A cold steady rain across all of Central Iowa. Temperatures in the mid 40s. […]

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    One Person Killed in Apparent Accidental Shooting

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Police said one person has died after what investigators believe was an accidental shooting at a Des Moines apartment complex Saturday night. Police responded to the Wakonda Village Apartments, located in the 1800 block of Watrous Avenue, at about 9 p.m. Saturday after receiving several reports of a shooting. Police found the deceased man in a third floor apartment unit, his name is not being released at this time. More information is expected to be released […]

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    Two New York Police Officers Shot and Killed in Ambush

    BROOKLYN, New York – In a horrific targeted shooting that has stunned New Yorkers, two police officers sitting in their car in Brooklyn were shot and killed execution-style Saturday afternoon by a killer who had a “strong bias” against police. “They were quite simply assassinated, targeted for their uniforms, and for the responsibility they embraced to keep the people of this city safe,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said at a news conference on the deaths of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. […]

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    At Least 20 Arrested at Protest in Mall of America

    BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota – A choir of protests echoed through the country’s quintessential megamall, when a few hundred demonstrators from Black Lives Matter raised their voices at the Mall of America. They held the protest Saturday against the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall’s wishes, and were met by police who made at least 20 arrests, CNN affiliate KARE reported. “We are extremely disappointed that organizers of Black Lives Matter protest chose to ignore our stated policy and repeated reminders that political protests and […]

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    Two Dogs Killed in Des Moines House Fire

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Two dogs were killed in a house fire Saturday morning in Des Moines. Emergency crews responded to the home, located in the 3100 block Columbia Street, at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday after a witness reported smelling and seeing smoke coming from the residence. Firefighters found flames and heavy smoke in the back of the home. They entered the structure and were able to quickly extinguish the fire. The home owner was not home at the time of […]

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    No Major Weather Concerns for Holiday Travel

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Rain and snow are possible in Central Iowa over the next week but there shouldn’t be any major impacts to holiday travel. Meteorologist Megan Salois said we’ll start the week with more clouds and drizzle on Sunday.  Monday will be a rainy day, especially through the early afternoon, with highs in the mid 40s. There will be a lull in the precipitation Monday afternoon and evening, but a few snow showers may rotate back through on Tuesday. […]

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    Two People Arrested Following Overnight Armed Robbery

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Two people have been arrested following an overnight convenience store robbery in Marshalltown. Police responded to the Kum & Go Convenience Store,  613 North 3rd Ave, shortly after 1:10 a.m. Saturday on a report of an armed robbery. The suspect, described as a black male dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black ski mask and carrying a red backpack, displayed a knife during the robbery. He left the store with cigars and an unknown amount […]

  • One Person Injured in Shooting Friday Night

    DES MOINES, Iowa – One person was injured in shooting Friday night near North Des Moines High School. Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 500 block of Holcomb Avenue at about 10:20 p.m. Friday. Initially officers were unable to locate the victim. After a brief search, the victim was found a short distance away near the intersection of Seventh Street and Jefferson Street. The victim was taken to an area hospital, his condition is not known. Police are […]

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    Last-minute Christmas Shopping Guide

    NEW YORK — Still haven’t ordered those stocking stuffers? You’ve got to hurry, or your gift won’t arrive by Christmas. You’ve already missed the deadline for free shipping from Amazon, for example. (It was Friday.) But the online store says gifts ordered as late as Tuesday can still be under the tree on Thursday if you pay for one-day delivery. Some customers in major cities can even place orders by 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve and receive same-day delivery. Hitting […]

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    Teen Claiming He Made Millions Playing Stock Market Says He Fabricated Story

    QUEENS. New York — A 17-year-old Stuyvesant High School senior who claimed he day-traded his way into becoming a multimillionaire is now admitting that he made the whole story up, according to the Observer. The teenager, Mohammed Islam, was reported to be worth tens of millions of dollars, but the story quickly unraveled during the day Monday. He told the Observer that there were no “eight figures” worth of prodigious wealth. In fact, he had never actually traded at all, […]


    One Person Killed, Several Injured in Indianola Crash

    INDIANOLA, Iowa – One person was killed and several others were injured following a two-vehicle crash in Indianola Monday evening. The crash happened at about 7 p.m. along Highway 65/69 near the Thiesens store. The Iowa State Patrol said that two vehicles were traveling southbound when they collided. Brian Sher with the Indianola Police Department told our crew on the scene that one person was killed in the crash and that several others were injured. They have been taken to […]


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