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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

Recent Articles
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    Temperatures Bumped Up Again

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    WATCH: Demolition Crews Implode Riverfront YMCA Building

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The Riverfront YMCA is no more. An implosion Sunday morning brought down the 58 year old building in just a matter of seconds. The implosion had been scheduled to happen at about 7:14 a.m. but crews set off the blast about 15 minutes early. Hundreds of people gathered around the Des Moines Riverfront early Sunday morning to watch the implosion in person. An exclusion zone had been set up around the site that required several downtown […]

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    REPLAY LIVE COVERAGE: GOP Presidential Candidates Speak at Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Eight GOP presidential hopefuls are in Des Moines Saturday to speak at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s 15th annual fall family dinner. The candidates are speaking to an audience of more than 1,000 attendees at the Paul Knapp Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum, businessman Donald Trump, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former New York Governor George Pataki, Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham […]

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    Iowa Downs Pitt in Walk-Off Fashion

    IOWA CITY, Iowa – Senior Marshall Koehn drilled a 57-yard field goal — the second-longest in University of Iowa football history — as time expired to send the Hawkeyes to a 27-24 “walk-off” victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday night in front of 63,636 fans in a striped Kinnick Stadium. “It looked like a Rob Houghtlin moment,” said UI head coach Kirk Ferentz. “When he looked over at our bench, it looked like he was pretty confident.” Koehn lined up for […]

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    DES MOINES, Iowa – A fourth person has been arrested in connection with a Des Moines double homicide case. Police said that Luis Magallon, 18, of Des Moines, was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree robbery. Magallon had been identified as a person of interest in the investigation of the fatal shooting of Mohammad Nabeel Mirzai, 19, of Des Moines, and Demetrius Thomas, 20, of Des Moines on September 11. Magallon is the fourth person facing charges in connection with the case. On Tuesday, investigators announced […]

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    Stolen ATV Returned to Mourning Family

    FARRAR, Iowa – An ATV stolen from a family who has already lost so much has been returned. The ATV held a special place in the Myers family’s heart after Jacob Myers was killed in a car accident in August. “We feel as though the memories of Jacob have been taken, and not necessarily an old four-wheeler that no one would want,” Sarah Myers told Channel 13’s Reid Chandler. Jacob Myers was teaching his oldest son, seven-year-old Paden, to ride […]


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