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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

Recent Articles
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  • ‘We’re putting up a fight’: Cedar Rapids Prepares for Major Flooding

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  • Suspect Charged in Washington Mall Shooting

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  • Five People Injured in Des Moines Crash

    DES MOINES, Iowa – One person has been arrested in connection with a three-vehicle crash that injured five people on Thursday.Five people have been transported to the hospital following a three-vehicle crash in Des Moines. Fernando Aguilar, 18, has been charged with three counts of serious injury by reckless driving, operating without a driver’s license and driving without insurance. The crash happened at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Southeast 6th Street and Bell Avenue. Police said Agular […]

  • Donald Trump to Campaign in Des Moines-metro Next Week

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will be in Des Moines next week, his campaign tells Channel 13 News. Trump will be holding a rally at the Seven Flags Event Center in Clive at noon on Tuesday. Doors to the event will open at 9 a.m. Click here for more information.

  • Florida Walmart’s 9/11 Coke Display Sparks Outrage

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  • Texas High School Shootings: Shooter Dead, 2 Injured, Sheriff Says

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  • One Person Killed in Lucas County Plane Crash

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  • Group Wants Des Moines to ‘Embrace’ Film About Body Image and Self-Esteem

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  • NBC News Commander-in-Chief Forum with Clinton and Trump

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