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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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    Officials: Don’t Travel Tonight

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Super Bowl Sunday is looking more and more like a Super Snow Sunday as a winter storm will drop more than a half-foot of snow on the state this weekend. A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through Sunday for the majority of counties in Central Iowa. RADAR: Mega Doppler-S | Interactive Radar CLOSINGS: Churches | Submit Your Announcement ALERTS: Winter Storm Warning | Winter Weather Advisory WHO WEATHER: On Facebook | Twitter Snow started falling across parts of the state late Saturday […]

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    Des Moines City Crews Prepare for Snow Removal

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Public works’ crews in Des Moines have been preparing for this weekend’s snow storm since Thursday. Crews began treating city streets on Thursday and Friday in advance of the snow. More than 100 pieces of equipment will be used to clear the city’s 225 miles of snow routes Saturday night into Sunday. The city said that once snow routes are cleared, crews will begin to clear residential streets. Officials said crews will begin working at about […]

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    Firefighter Dies Following Fire in Centerville

    CENTERVILLE, Iowa – A firefighter has died after battling a fire in Centerville. Emergency crews responded to 22900 Highway 5 in Centerville, known as the Cowan Enterprises building, at about 7:30 p.m. Friday. By about 8 p.m., the north and east side of the facility was engulfed in flames. Crews learned that there was a 1,000 gallon propane tank located on the outside of the building and a 500 gallon propane tank inside of the building, at that point crews took […]

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    Judge Approves Sale of Dahl’s Foods

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A judge has approved the sale of Dahl’s Foods  to three companies as a part of a bankruptcy case. The Des Moines-area grocery store chain filed for bankruptcy in November. Kansas-based Associated Wholesale Grocers will take over seven of Dahl’s ten stores. Convenience store chain Kum & Go purchased the Dahl’s located at the intersection of E.P. True Parkway and 50th Street in West Des Moines. Kum & Go said it plans to build a store at the […]

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    Man Pleads Guilty After Convincing Daughter to Rob Bank

    DAVENPORT, Iowa – A Davenport man pleaded guilty after he was accused of making his daughter rob a local bank, WQAD-TV reports. Mercedes Griebe, of Des Moines, was accused of robbing the U.S. Bank branch at 4004 Northwest Boulevard in Davenport in July of last year. Her father, Albert Griebe, was arrested later in connection with the robbery. State charges were later dismissed when Albert was indicted by a federal grand jury in August 2014. Prosecutors said Albert admitted in federal […]

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    Website Encourages Students to Pay to Cheat

    SAGINAW, Michigan – A New York-based company is raking in the dough and not offering apologies for a service that helps students cheat their way through college. The website’s name says it all. The name of the site is pay me to do your homework. Jessica Mott is the owner of the website. Mott says the website may be immoral but it is not illegal. Most of the customers are college students looking to cheat in an online class. The business […]

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    Snow Possible This Weekend, Be Wary of Social Media Hype

    DES MOINES, Iowa – There is a chance for snow this weekend, but Meteorologist Brett McIntyre says don’t believe some of the pre-storm hype that is swirling around on social media. “It might snow a lot or a little,” McIntyre said. “It’s much too early to share snowfall forecasts, a lot can change between now and this weekend. Keep an eye on the forecast and make sure to keep in mind who the source of the forecast is.”

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    Investigators Asking for Help Identifying Man Who Tampered with ATMs

    CLIVE, Iowa – Clive police say are still looking for the person who went on a crime spree last week and they hope some new images will lead to new tips from the public. The Clive Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a man who they say tampered with two ATM machines at the 7 Flags Event Center days before they were rammed with a truck. On January 20, a suspect attempted to steal two ATM […]

  • Governor Branstad Released from Hospital

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Governor Terry Branstad has been released from the hospital after being hospitalized overnight with flu-like symptoms. The governor fell ill during a ribbon-cutting event at DuPont Pioneer in Johnston Monday. “Today, at approximately 9 a.m., Governor Terry Branstad was discharged from the hospital in good condition and he is now resting comfortably at Terrace Hill,” Dr. Kevin Cunningham, the governor’s personal physician, said in a press release Tuesday. “After seeing him both Monday evening and this morning, and […]

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    Suspect in Double Homicide: ‘It was Self Defense’

    OSCEOLA, Iowa – The man accused of killing two men in Clarke County over the weekend told investigators “it was self-defense”. Richard Carson, 38, of Osceola, has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Noe Rascon, 27, and Erick Reyna, 22. The two men were reported missing to the Osceola Police Department on Saturday. Law enforcement found their bodies Sunday evening in rural Clarke County, north of Osceola. Officials said the men appeared to have died from gunshot […]

  • Gov. Branstad Hospitalized Overnight with Flu-Like Symptoms

    JOHNSTON, Iowa – Governor Terry Branstad was hospitalized overnight with flu-like symptoms after falling ill during a ribbon-cutting event at DuPont Pioneer in Johnston Monday. A witness said the governor had been slurring his words during his remarks and then was in physical discomfort and moaning as staff assisted. Police provided an escort as an ambulance took Branstad to Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines for treatment. According to a statement released by Branstad’s office, the governor was kept overnight […]

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    AIB College of Business to Become Des Moines Campus of the University of Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Officials from the University of Iowa and AIB College of Business held a press conference Monday afternoon to announce that the college will become the Des Moines campus for the University of Iowa. University of Iowa President Sally Mason, AIB President Nancy Williams, along with members of the Iowa Board of Regents and the AIB board of trustees made the announcement Monday afternoon in Des Moines. The transition is expected to take at least a year, but the two […]

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