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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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    Clinton Win Shrinks with New Iowa Democratic Party Results, Sanders Still Reviewing

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The slim margin by which Hillary Clinton won the Iowa caucuses shrank even narrower after the Iowa Democratic Party said Sunday it found counting errors in five of the 14 precincts it double-checked. The Democratic Party announced Sunday that Clinton won 700.47 state delegate equivalents (SDEs) to Sanders’ 696.92 SDEs — a razor-thin percentage of caucus goers equal to 49.84%-49.59%. The party determined that Clinton lost .122 SDEs in the recounting, Sanders gained .1053 and former Maryland […]

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    Frantic Campaigning on Eve of New Hampshire Vote

    Presidential candidates are seizing a last chance to woo undecided New Hampshire voters on the eve of a contest that could redraw the dimensions of the increasingly fractious White House race. Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is frantically trying to bounce back from a rocky debate performance and billionaire businessman Donald Trump is trying to turn a large lead in the polls into his first victory after coming in second at the Iowa caucuses. Meanwhile, former President Bill Clinton’s caustic […]

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    Clinton Defeats Sanders By Historically Small Margin, Coin Toss Decided Some Precincts

    DES MOINES, Iowa —  In the closest Iowa Democratic caucuses in history, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton narrowly defeated Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. As of early Tuesday morning, results from only one precinct, located in Des Moines, remained unknown. The precinct is worth 2.28 delegates and mathematically would not change the final outcome in the race. But 100 percent of the caucus precincts were reported mid-morning Tuesday, and Clinton was shown to have won the Democratic Iowa Caucus by only […]

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    Ted Cruz Beats Donald Trump in Iowa Republican Caucuses

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Ted Cruz turned the Republican primary race on its head Monday night, scoring an unexpected victory over the real estate billionaire Donald Trump. “Tonight is a victory for the grass roots. Tonight is a victory for courageous conservatives across Iowa and across this great nation. Tonight the state of Iowa has spoken,” Cruz declared to applause from a jubilant audience. Cruz, with his wife Heidi nearby, continued, “Iowa has sent notice that the Republican nominee of […]

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    Candidates Swarm Iowa Ahead of Caucuses

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    Investigation Continues into First Homicide of 2016

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Authorities in Des Moines are still investigating the first homicide of 2016. Police responded to a home in the 1400 block of Pioneer Road on a welfare check about 4:30 a.m. Sunday. Inside they found the body of 71-year-old Norma Jean McNeeley. Police say McNeeley’s death is being investigated as a homicide. As of Monday, authorities continue to conduct interviews and process forensic evidence. No other information is being released at this time.

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    Des Moines Register Endorses Rubio, Clinton for President

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines Register on Saturday endorsed Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Democrat Hillary Clinton for their parties’ presidential nominations, nine days before Iowa caucus-goers head to the polls in the first-in-the-nation voting state.”At his best, Rubio offers an uplifting message of a ‘new American century.’ He shares his compelling story and calls for a referendum on the nation’s identity,” the paper said in backing Rubio. And in an apparent swipe at Texas Sen. Ted […]

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    Mother, Three Children Killed in Boxholm House Fire

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    Senator Grassley: Newly Released Clinton Email ‘Disturbing’

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee released a scathing statement Friday, calling on Hillary Clinton to “come clean” after the State Department released an email in which she asked an aide to send information on a non-secure system after attempts to send the document securely failed. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley said the email, released at about 1:30 am Friday morning along with about 3,000 other emails from Clinton’s State Department tenure, is “disturbing,” and “appears to […]

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    WATCH: One-on-one with Mike Huckabee

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee sat down with Channel 13’s Sonya Heitshusen to discuss the final stretch of campaigning ahead of the Iowa Caucuses.

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