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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,, 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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    GRIMES, Iowa – Investigators spent Friday on the scene of a home in Grimes where officials found a deceased juvenile male and an unresponsive adult woman. Shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, crews responded to the home, located in the 300 block of NW Valleyview Drive, after receiving a 911 call. Authorities have identified the boy as 2-year-old Mason Wyckoff. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause and manner of death of Wyckoff are pending on the completion of an autopsy. The unresponsive […]

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    Hillary Clinton Names Tim Kaine As Running Mate

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    Des Moines Police Investigate Fatal Shooting

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Police are investigating a shooting that killed one person in Des Moines Thursday evening. Police responded to the 3500 block of E 14th Street at about 6 p.m. on a report of a shooting. Investigators tell Channel 13 that a man was shot several times and transported to Methodist Hospital where he later died of his injuries. No other information has been released.  

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    List of Area Cooling Centers

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    Flash Flooding Reported in Des Moines-Metro As Rain Continues to Fall

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Heavy rain Tuesday morning continued into the early afternoon and is causing flash flooding in parts of Central Iowa. A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Madison, Polk, Warren and Dallas Counties until 6:30 p.m.  Officials said that 2-3 inches of rain have already fallen today. More heavy rain is expected. Flash flooding has already been reported in flood-prone areas of Des Moines. Standing water has been reported on Dean Avenue near the Iowa State […]

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    It’s Official: Donald Trump Picks Indiana Governor Mike Pence As VP Running Mate

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    Attack in Nice: Driver of Truck Identified as 31-year-old French-Tunisian

    The driver of the truck in the Nice terror attack has been identified as Mohamad Lahouaiej Bouhel, according to a senior French government official and a French anti-terrorism official. The anti-terrorism official said Bouhel is a 31-year-old French-Tunisian and resident of Nice. About 50 people are critically hurt as a result of Thursday’s deadly terrorist attack in Nice, French President Francois Hollande said Friday. His comments came at a prefecture headquarters in Nice after he visited some of the victims […]

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    Donald Trump Selects Mike Pence as Running Mate

    Donald Trump has called Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and offered him the vice presidential slot on his ticket, CNN has learned. Pence has accepted. The pick sets up a stark clash in styles: a brash presumptive nominee with a tendency to freelance into controversies alongside a cautious former congressional leader who’s stuck close to conservative orthodoxy since starting his career in talk radio. The long-awaited decision caps a drama-filled, frenetic 24 hours. On Wednesday, Trump held a series of auditions […]

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    28 Pages on Alleged Saudi Ties to 9/11 to Be Released

    WASHINGTON – The long-classified pages detailing alleged ties of the Saudi Arabian government to the 9/11 hijackers will be released by Congress as early as Friday, sources told CNN Thursday. Known as the “28 pages,” the secret document was part of a 2002 congressional investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks and has been classified since the report’s completion. It turns out there are actually 29 pages, sources said. Sources said there are still some procedural steps that need to be […]

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    Des Moines Police Investigate Bank Robbery

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Police in Des Moines are looking for at least two people who robbed a bank Wednesday morning. The U.S. Bank on Euclid Avenue was held up around 10:30a.m. They say some of the suspects were armed. Officers were close by and were able to take several people into custody. One of the alleged bank robbers, a teenager, was pepper sprayed. Detectives are interviewing witnesses to sort out what happened and how many people took part in […]

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    New Poll: Clinton, Trump in Virtual Tie in Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A new poll released Wednesday from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal show presumptive democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads her republican counterpart, Donald Trump, 42-39% in Iowa. Clinton’s 3-point lead falls within the poll’s 3.4% margin of error, meaning Clinton and Trump could be virtually tied in the Hawkeye state. The poll comes on the heels of one released by Monmouth UniversityTuesday showing Trump with a 44-42 lead over Clinton in Iowa. His 2-point […]

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    Man Dies Following Assault in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Police in Des Moines are conducting an investigation following the death of a man who was assaulted on Monday. Police responded to the 7300 block of Southwest 7th Street shortly after 3 p.m. Monday on a report of an assault. The victim, Ryan Thompson, 32, was taken to Iowa Methodist Hospital where he later died. Investigators have identified a suspect in the case but there have been no charges filed at this time. Police told Channel […]


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