WEATHER ALERTS: Flash Flood Warnings
  • Follow me on:

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,, 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
  • Gene Wilder on set with Turner Classic Movies in 2013.

    Gene Wilder, Star of ‘Willy Wonka,’ Dead at 83

    Gene Wilder, who brought a wild-eyed desperation to a series of memorable and iconic comedy roles in the 1970s and 1980s, has died, his lawyer, Eric Weissmann, said. He was 83. Wilder is best known for his collaborations with director Mel Brooks, starring as the stressed-out Leo Bloom in Brooks’ breakout 1967 film “The Producers” and later in the monster movie spoof “Young Frankenstein.” He also portrayed a boozing gunslinger in “Blazing Saddles.” But for many people, Wilder might be […]

  • (WHO-HD)

    Convenience Store Robbed Friday Afternoon

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Police in Des Moines are investigating a robbery at a metro convenience store. Police were called to the Kum and Go, located in the 3100 block of University, shortly after 3:45 p.m. Friday. Few details have been released.

  • Nina Carrillo

    Urbandale Police Asking for Public’s Help Locating Missing Teen

    URBANDALE, Iowa – Police in Urbandale are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager. Nina Carrillo, 15, was last seen on Sunday afternoon in the 4400 block of 160th Street. She has not been heard from since. She is described as Hispanic, 5′ 2″ and weighs approximately 130 pounds. She has brown eyes and brown hair. If you have any information on her location, please call 515-222-2231.

  • (WHO-HD)

    Natural Gas Leak Reported in Story County Community

    GILBERT, Iowa – Crews conducting utility work struck a gas line in Gilbert Friday. The gas leak is located at the Key Cooperative, located at 302 Main Street. Emergency management tells Channel 13 News that Alliant Energy is working with emergency crews to locate the leak and seal it off. Officials said they will continue to monitor natural gas levels in the area until reports are completed.

  • promo296256397

    Driver Charged Following Hit-and-Run That Injured Six-year-old Boy

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that injured a boy Tuesday morning is now facing charges. Police said that Naomi MacDonald, 32, of Norwalk, has been charged with leaving the scene of a serious injury accident. The crash happened at about 11:45 a.m. at the intersection of 23rd Street and University Avenue just east of Drake University. Police said that a six-year-old boy was crossing University Avenue when he was struck by an SUV. The SUV […]

  • Police investigate a hit-and-run crash that injured a six-year-old at the intersection of 23rd Street and University Avenue on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. (WHO-HD)

    Child Seriously Injured Following Hit-and-Run in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A six-year-old boy was seriously injured following a hit and run crash in Des Moines Tuesday morning. The crash happened at about 11:45 a.m. at the intersection of 23rd Street and University Avenue just east of Drake University. Police said that a six-year-old boy was crossing University Avenue when he was struck by an SUV. The SUV fled the scene. A witness followed the SUV and was able to gather information about the vehicle to share with […]

  • 160819101210-02-paul-manafort-resigns-t1-exlarge-tease

    Donald Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Resigns

    Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort has resigned from his position on the campaign, the Republican presidential nominee said in a statement Friday. “This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign,” Trump said. “I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process. Paul is a true professional and I wish him the greatest success.” […]

  • Scott-Grimes

    Search Underway for Escaped Warren County Inmate

    INDIANOLA, Iowa – The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is searching for an escaped inmate. Scott Grimes, 23, escaped from the Warren County Jail at about 10:20 Sunday night. Officials said a correctional officer was delivering medication to inmates when the escape happened. Grimes is described as 5′ 6″ tall, weighing 155 pounds with green eyes. Law enforcement said he has associates in the New Virginia area and relatives in Des Moines. Officials said Grimes is traveling with Kayla Schultz in […]

  • WHO-HD

    2016 No Man’s Land 10k

    For more information about the 2016 No Man’s Land 10k, click here.

  • Donald Trump speaks in Cedar Rapids. (WHO-HD)

    Trump’s Child Care Program Claims Being Questioned

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is under fire for claims he made during an event with Channel 13 News last November. During the “Channel 13 News Iowa Forums”, Trump was asked about work-place child care. “We have two of them they call ’em Trump kids and Trumpeteers . . . I have ’em cause I have a lot of different businesses. It’s usually called Trumpeteers and it’s cute,” Trump said. “They have a lot of children […]

  • Emergency crews on the scene of a garage collapse in the 2600 block of Sheridan in Des Moines on Thursday, August 11, 2016. (WHO-HD)

    One Person Killed After Car Crashes into Home, Garage Collapses

    DES MOINES, Iowa – One person is dead after a car crashed into a Des Moines home Thursday afternoon. Crews responded to the home in the 2600 block of East Sheridan Avenue shortly after 3:45 p.m. after a car traveling on Hubbell Avenue lost control and slammed into a garage. The garage then collapsed on the vehicle. Two people were in the vehicle when the garage collapsed. A woman was pulled from the vehicle and was taken to an area […]

  • Funeral service for Officer Shawn Miller.

    Officer Shawn Miller Remembered: ‘He had pride, had integrity and guts like no other’

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Family, friends and hundreds of members of law enforcement from across the country gathered in West Des Moines Monday to say goodbye to Senior Officer Shawn Miller. Related Coverage: VIDEO: End of Watch Call for Fallen Officer End of Watch: Officer Shawn Miller Miller, a 26-year veteran of the West Des Moines Police Department, was killed in a traffic accident Wednesday in Dallas County. “It’s never easy to fill the void of someone who meant […]


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,940 other followers