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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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    Body Recovered from Hamilton County Lake Identified

    HAMILTON COUNTY, Iowa — The body recovered from from Little Wall Lake Friday has been identified as 29-year-old, Zong  Xiong.  Hamiltion County Sheriffs say that Xiong was a resident of Nevada. Dive teams were searching for a missing person. Law enforcement officials said that someone noticed personal items on a dock at the lake on Thursday night. The items remained at the dock Friday morning and there was an empty boat across the bay. The Xiong has relatives from Minnesota […]

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    Missing Boys Found Watching TV Inside Neighbor’s Empty Home

    JOHNSTON, Iowa – Two boys that were reported missing in Johnston Tuesday afternoon have been located. The two boys, ages three and five, disappeared at about 1 p.m. from an area near their home. Frederick Sherman, 5, and his brother Issac, 3, were found unharmed at about 4 p.m. Police said the two boys had let themselves into a neighbor’s unoccupied house and were found watching TV inside. The boys told Channel 13 they were watching the television network “Nick […]

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    Clinton Road-Tripping In a Van to Make It to Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Newly announced Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is on the road to her first stops as an official presidential candidate. Staff confirms she is traveling in a van as part of a small caravan of vehicles that will travel from Clinton’s home in New York to Iowa in time for her campaign events. The caravan left Sunday. Earlier in the day, Clinton announced she is running for President in 2016. Her first stop on the campaign […]

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    Hillary Clinton: “I’m running for President”

    DES MOINES, Iowa – “I’m running for President.” Those four words confirmed the worst kept secret in politics: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is running for President. The announcement was made in a video posted to HillaryClinton.com on Sunday afternoon. The decision swept aside more than a year of speculation about her political aspirations and allow her to start making her case to voters. Advisers say she knows that Democratic activists are not interested in a coronation and she intends […]

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    Man Injured, Two Dogs Killed in Des Moines House Fire

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Two dogs were killed and a man was injured following a house fire in Des Moines Saturday afternoon. Firefighters responded to a home in the 2100 block of East 23rd Street shortly before 4 p.m. Our crew on the scene reports that an unresponsive 60-year-old man was pulled from the home by firefighters. He was transferred to Iowa City for treatment. His condition has not been released at this time. The cause of the fire was determined to […]

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    One Person Injured in Des Moines Shooting

    DES MOINES, Iowa – One person has been hospitalized following a shooting Tuesday afternoon. Police responded to an alley located near the intersection of 30th Street at Clark Street in Des Moines at about 3:45 p.m. Witnesses said that the shots came from a gold Honda Civic driving down the street. The victim was struck and transported to a Des Moines-area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police are still looking for a suspect and investigators tell Channel 13 News the victim […]

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    Active Weather Pattern Setting Up Across Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Storms have developed across Western Iowa as Central Iowa remains stuck in a cloudy, rainy pattern that will last for next few days. Meteorologist Megan Salois said the pattern will bring us rain and thunderstorms through Thursday. Download the 13Warn Me App “Severe storms are not likely Tuesday, although small hail may occur with a couple of the stronger downpours due to the chilly conditions,” Salois said. Storms lined up along Highway 169 early Tuesday afternoon […]

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    118-Year-Old Boone Building to Be Demolished Following Partial Collapse

    BOONE, Iowa – A nearly 120 year old apartment building in Boone will be demolished after partially collapsing last month. A portion of the building, located at 10th and Story Streets, collapsed on March 13. City officials announced Monday a decision was made to demolish the building following a structural assessment by an engineering firm. “The north side where the collapse happened is where some of the immediate danger is,” Boone City Administrator Luke Nelson told the Boone News Republican. […]

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    WATCH: Lunar Eclipse Over Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Did you see the partial lunar eclipse this weekend? Brian Abeling of West Des Moines captured some stunning images early Saturday morning of the eclipse as seen from downtown Des Moines and put them together in this timelapse. Check out some of his other work here. Report a typo

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    Webb, O’Malley Beef up Iowa Schedules Ahead of Possible 2016 Bids

    WASHINGTON — Two Democrats who may run for president in 2016 will be in Iowa this week, and neither one is named Hillary Clinton. Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will head to the first-in-the-nation caucus state Thursday as part of a multi-day trip for the prospective candidates. The two had committed to headlining a Polk County Democrats Awards Dinner earlier this year, but in the face of an imminent Clinton announcement — and the […]


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