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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
  • Moffitt Convicted of First-degree Murder

    DES MOINES, Iowa– David Moffitt has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Justin Michael. Moffitt was accused of killing Michael in his Grimes home back in May of 2014. Moffitt was also convicted of first-degree burglary. Michael’s family said they got the verdict they were hoping for. “It has been an ordeal for the family in hearing all the details and just a waiting process but we are very pleased with the citizens of Des Moines […]

  • The Raccoon River near Interstate 80 in Dallas County. (WHO-HD)

    Officials Monitoring Possible Flooding Impacts on Interstates 80, 35

    VAN METER, Iowa – The Iowa Department of Transportation and meteorologists are monitoring the Raccoon River in Dallas County as it continues to rise. Interstate 80 remained open Thursday night near Van Meter. National Weather Service models had earlier predicted the North Raccoon River levels would increase to the point that the westbound lanes of the interstate would need to be closed. Flood waters had caused the closure of the right lane of westbound I-80 between exits 113 and 110 Thursday. Some delays […]

  • Walnut Creek Crests at Record Level in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Walnut Creek in Des Moines reached a record crest Thursday morning following flash flooding Wednesday night. The creek reached 18.8 feet at 63rd Street in Des Moines, nearly five feet about flood stage. The previous record of 18.6 feet was set in 2010. Hydrologists said the creek is normally four feet deep. Officials lowered a flood gate at 63rd and Ashworth as the creek was rising Thursday morning. The creek began receding Thursday afternoon and the flood gate […]

  • The rising Raccoon River on Thursday, June 25, 2015. (WHO-HD)

    Record Flooding Expected on Raccoon River

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Officials say the Raccoon River could crest at record levels in West Des Moines. The river at Hwy 28 or 63rd Street is anticipated to crest at 42.5 Friday afternoon with the potential of I­-35 closing just south of the Grand Ave exit, according to Polk County Emergency Management. The record crest was 41.3 in 2008. The river at Fleur Drive is anticipated to crest at 23.1 feet Friday afternoon. Also, the Des Moines River at Southeast 6th Street is […]

  • Grand Ave. bridge at 63rd Street (WHO-HD)

    Flooding Closes Area Roads, Impacting Clive

    CLIVE, Iowa – Heavy rain Wednesday night into Thursday morning is causing flooding across much of Central Iowa. There are several flood warnings in effect, you can view a complete list here. Related PHOTO GALLERY: Flooding Caused by Heavy Rain PHOTO GALLERY: Your Storm Photos REPLAY COVERAGE: Severe Weather Moves Through Iowa City of Des Moines Shutting Down Fleur Drive Flooding-Related Road Closures Record Flooding Expected on Raccoon River WATCH: Aerial Video of West Des Moines Flooding In Clive, the city evacuated […]

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    WATCH: Aerial Video of Des Moines Area Flooding

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Heavy rains overnight caused flash flooding across the Des Moines metro. Aaron Moulton shared aerial video that shows the flooding from Walnut Creek and the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers. Related PHOTO GALLERY: Flooding Caused by Heavy Rain PHOTO GALLERY: Your Storm Photos REPLAY COVERAGE: Severe Weather Moves Through Iowa City of Des Moines Shutting Down Fleur Drive Flooding-Related Road Closures Record Flooding Expected on Raccoon River Flooding Closes Area Roads, Impacting Clive Officials Monitoring Possible Flooding […]

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    Check Out These Rainfall Reports from Across Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Thunderstorms moved across the state overnight dumping several inches of rain on parts of Iowa. Storms redeveloped over the same areas and continued to drop heavy rain over the same areas causing flooding. Here’s a look at some of the larger rainfall reports we’ve received. Location Rainfall Report Adel 3 SW Albia 3 NE Yale 4 S Norwalk 2 WSW Perry 3 ENE Lacona 1.4 W of West Des Moines 2 W Earlham Perry Airport 2 […]


    REPLAY COVERAGE: Storms, Flash Flooding Reported

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Severe weather is moving through the state. Find the latest updates on the path of the storms, storm reports, damage reports and power outage updates:

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    Police Investigate Des Moines Bank Robbery

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Police in Des Moines are investigating a bank robbery. It happened at the First Class Credit Union, 303 Euclid Avenue, shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities say the suspect did not show any weapons and passed a note to the teller demanding money before taking off on foot. The suspect is described as about 6-feet tall, dressed in all black and has several days worth of facial hair. Police are currently searching for the suspect. Check […]

  • Corn in a Cup – Available in two varieties. “The Iowan,” which includes a cup of corn niblets, pork sausage, cheddar cheese, mayo, butter, lime and spicy magic dust. “The Mexican” is a blend of corn niblets, pork chorizo, coyote cheese, butter, mayo, lime, and spicy magic dust.

    Iowa State Fair Unveils New Foods for 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The countdown to the Iowa State Fair is underway. The fair is still a little less than two months away but on Wednesday fair officials announced some of the new food you’ll see at this year’s fair. 16 new items will be available for fairgoers to enjoy this year, including: • Apple Pie On-a-Stick – sliced apples dipped in a funnel cake batter and apple pie spice, deep fried and topped with cinnamon sugar. Served with a side […]

  • Des Moines police investigate a report of a shooting near the intersection of SE 6th Street at Hartford (WHO-HD)

    Des Moines Police Investigate Shooting Report

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines police are investigating a report of shots fired Wednesday afternoon. Police responded to the intersection of SE 6th at Hartford Monday afternoon. Several units were on the scene investigating the possible shooting. No other information has been released.

  • Albia Tornado

    Tornado That Moved Through Southern Iowa Rated EF3

    ALBIA, Iowa – The tornado that moved through southern Iowa on Monday was a quarter-mile wide with winds of more than 140 MPH at its peak. For more than an hour, the storm tracked through parts of Marion, Lucas, Monroe and Davis Counties. The tornado touched down at 5:05 p.m. just southeast of Columbia in Marion County. Meteorologists said the tornado continued on its path moving briefly through Lucas County and entered Monroe County. The tornado had estimated winds of 142 m.p.h. when it […]


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