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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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    One Killed in Crash Involving Two Tractor-trailers

    JASPER COUNTY, Iowa – One person was killed in an accident involving two tractor-trailers along Interstate 80 in Jasper County. The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened at about 3 p.m. in the westbound lanes of traffic near mile-maker 175. A tractor-trailer driven by Richard Kahyaouglu, 55, of Perrysburg, was traveling westbound when it struck another tractor-trailer that was parked on the shoulder of the interstate after experiencing mechanical issues. Kahyaouglu was killed in the crash. The driver of the other […]

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    One Killed in Adair County Crash

    ADAIR COUNTY, Iowa – One person is dead following a single-vehicle crash in Adair County. The Iowa State Patrol says a vehicle driven by Jaime Mauldin, 32, of Anita, was traveling southbound on Nevada Avenue, just north of 320th Avenue, when Mauldin lost control of the vehicle and went off the road. The car went into the ditch and rolled. Mauldin died of injuries sustained in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.

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    Lottery Ticket Worth $1 Million Sold in West Des Moines

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Someone hit it big after purchasing a lottery ticket at a West Des Moines convenience store. The Iowa Lottery says the winning ticket, worth $1 million, was purchased at the Kum & Go at the intersection of 60th Street and Ashworth Road in West Des Moines. The ticket matched the first five numbers of the Mega Millions drawing Friday night, the ticket missed the Mega Ball. The West Des Moines tickets was one of only […]

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    Rapper Drake Announces Tour Stop in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The rapper Drake, with hits including “Hotline Bling” and “Best I Ever Had”, announced that his concert tour will stop in Des Moines in early October. A tweet said new stops have been added to his “Summer Sixteen” concert tour, including an October 4th stop at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Tickets go on sale Thursday, May 26, at 10 a.m.  The Iowa Events Center said ticket prices will range from $49.50 to $149.50 and will […]

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    Amber Alert Cancelled, Waterloo Teen Found Unharmed

    WATERLOO, Iowa – An Amber Alert issued early Saturday morning for a missing 15-year-old girl has been cancelled as she was found unharmed. According to Waterloo police, Shakiya Baker was abducted by two men at gunpoint after the assault of another person inside her home. Approximately two hours later, police found Baker on the side of the road unharmed. No further information has been released. Check back for updates.

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    15-year-old Arrested in Des Moines Homicide Case

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A 15-year-old has been arrested in connection with a Des Moines homicide investigation. Police say 17-year-old Kendall Foster, of Des Moines, died after being shot Wednesday afternoon in the 1300 block of 12th Street. Police found Foster suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest and he was transported to a local hospital where he later died. On Friday evening, police announced that a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the case for first-degree murder. Officials said […]

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    WATCH: Garth Brooks One-on-One

    DES MOINES, Iowa – As Garth Brooks prepares for performances in Des Moines over the next few days, he spoke with Channel 13’s Stephanie Moore about his memories of Iowa and more.

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    LIVE COVERAGE: Severe Weather Moving Through Central Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Severe weather continues to move across Central Iowa. Follow live updates below.

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    East Village Pharmacy Robbed Second Time In A Week

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The Des Moines Police Department is investigating a robbery at an East Village Pharmacy, the second in less than two weeks. Police responded to Hammer Pharmacy, 600 East Grand Avenue, at about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. The same pharmacy was robbed just a week ago on April 20th. No other information has been released.

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    West Des Moines Police Searching for Suspect in Forgery Cases

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Police in West Des Moines are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect in several forgery cases. Police said that the woman has been involved in several credit card forgery cases in the metro area. She is described as an adult white female with dark hair. Anyone with information on her identity is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.

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    Family of Ben Beary on Crash Report: ‘Our hearts are broken’

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The family of Ben Beary, a driver involved in a fatal wrong-way crash on I-80 that killed four people, including two Des Moines police officers, released a statement Wednesday afternoon after a report showed Beary was intoxicated and traveling at a high rate of speed when the crash happened. RELATED COVERAGE: End of Watch “Our family is deeply saddened by the circumstances surrounding the accident that took the lives of Carlos Puente-Morales, Susan Farrell, Tosha Nicole […]

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    I-35 Reopens Near Ames Following Road Repairs

    AMES, Iowa – Southbound traffic on Interstate 35 has resumed after officials closed the interstate briefly Wednesday morning. The DOT closed the interstate as construction crews made emergency repairs to the interstate. Drivers were forced to use a detour along Highway 69 between Ames and Huxley when the interstate was closed at about 9:45 a.m.  One lane of the interstate was opened shortly before 10:30 a.m.  


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