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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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    LIVE COVERAGE: Severe Weather Moving Through Central Iowa

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

  • Des Moines Police investigate a robbery at Hammer Pharmacy, 600 East Grand Avenue, on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (WHO-HD)

    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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    Acts Coming to Hancher Auditorium

    Click here to see the schedule of acts at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City.

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    Missing 11-year-old Located

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A missing 11-year-old boy has been located. Des Moines Police had been searching for Nicholas Andrew White. He was last seen at about 8:30 a.m. near his home in the area of 14th and Goddard Court. Police said the boy left the area to search for his family’s missing dog. Nicholas was located Monday afternoon and is safe, according to police.

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    Man Killed While Turkey Hunting

    FAYETTE, Iowa – A northeast Iowa man is dead after being injured while turkey hunting. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said the incident happened at about 3 p.m. Saturday near Maynard in Fayette County. Michael Adams, 63, was hit in the face and chest area by shot from a 12-gauge shotgun fired from another hunter in his hunting party. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

  • Emergency crews on the scene of a deadly car accident along Instate 235 in Des Moines on Saturday, April 23, 2016. (WHO-HD)

    Man Killed in Crash Along I-235 Identified

    DES MOINES, Iowa – One person is dead following a crash along Interstate 235 in Des Moines Saturday morning. The crash happened at about 8:40 a.m. Saturday near Interstate 235 at University Avenue. Timothy Joseph Zepeda, 54, of Des Moines was hit and killed by a car after he exited his vehicle in the traffic lanes to pick up property that had fallen from his vehicle. The westbound lanes of the interstate were blocked off for several hours following the […]

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    One Killed in Early Morning Crash Near East Mixmaster

    POLK COUNTY, Iowa – One person is dead following a crash along Interstate 80 early Saturday morning. The crash happened at about 12:45 a.m. near the east mixmaster. The Iowa State Patrol said a westbound pickup truck changed lanes and struck a tractor-trailer. The pickup then struck a median guardrail and went airborne. The driver of the pickup truck, Michael Wright, 31, of Waukee, and his passenger, Susannah Thompson, 44, also of Waukee, were both ejected from the vehicle. Thompson was […]

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    ‘Just heartache’: Ohio Community Wonders Who Killed 8 Family Members

    The Rev. Phil Fulton knew some of the eight family members who were shot dead near his rural southern Ohio community this week. The victims’ shaken relatives, he says, are asking roughly the same question as police: Who would do this? “Just heartache,” Fulton said Saturday, describing the relatives’ reactions a day after police said seven adults and a 16-year-old were found shot in the head “execution-style,” most while they slept, in Pike County. “You try to think (about) the […]

  • The Financial Center in downtown Des Moines on Friday, April 22, 2016. (Courtesy Dale Bales‎)

    Downtown Des Moines Building Honors Prince

    DES MOINES, Iowa – If you were in downtown Des Moines Friday night you may have noticed a purple building among the skyline. The 25-story Financial Center was illuminated in purple to honor the late musician Prince. Prince passed away at his suburban Minneapolis home Thursday morning. The Financial Center joins the list of buildings and monuments paying tribute to the popular entertainer. Fitting that it's raining in Minneapolis today. pic.twitter.com/s5KFurDhHi — Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 21, 2016 #RIPPrince The […]


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