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
  • Man Killed in Polk City House Fire Identified

    POLK CITY, Iowa – The man killed in a Polk City house fire Tuesday night has been identified. Firefighters responded to 713 Washington Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday. When crews arrived on the scene, they were told one person remained in the home. The victim, identified as 46-year-old Mike Nelson, was located but firefighters were unable to resuscitate him. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Nelson was a seven-year employee of the Iowa Donor Network as […]

  • Several Injuries Reported After School Bus Crashes into Creek

    CLARKE COUNTY, Iowa – A school bus crashed into a creek in rural Clarke County Wednesday afternoon. It happened shortly after 3 p.m. along 210th Avenue at Squaw Creek north of Osceola. Our crew on the scene reports that it appears the bus was northbound and went off the road near a curve and went into Squaw  Creek. Seven students and the driver were injured, none were life-threatening. The bus is from the Clarke Community School District. Check back for […]

  • Officials Searching for Missing Man in Jasper County

    UPDATE: Dean Lane has been found safe in Grundy County. JASPER COUNTY, Iowa – The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing man. Dean Lane, 60, of Greene, was last seen Tuesday night at about 9 p.m. at the Rock Creep Campground near Kellogg. He is described as 6′ 4″ tall, weighs 150 pounds and was last seen wearing a green, long-sleeve t-shirt and jeans. If you have any information, contact the Jasper […]

  • Man Killed in Polk County Motorcyle Crash Indentified

    POLK COUNTY, Iowa – Officials have identified the person killed in a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle Monday night. The crash happened at about 7 p.m. near the 14200 block of NE 74th Street. Investigators said an SUV traveling northbound on 74th Street was struck head-on by a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle, Gene Romero, 50, of Bondurant, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the SUV, Jade Robinson, 46, of Nevada, and two passengers were […]

  • Video Shows Ames Firefighters Saving Cat Following House Fire

    AMES, Iowa – An Ames cat may have used one of its nine lives earlier this week when firefighters rescued it from a house fire on Labor Day. The Ames Fire Department posted a video on their Facebook page showing firefighters using a special pet revival mask to save a family cat. The post has been shared more than 700 times on social media. The cat, named Cleo, was rescued from the basement of a home and wasn’t breathing. Firefighters spent […]

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  • Dallas Morning News Breaks GOP Endorsement Streak, Backs Clinton

    After saying it would not endorse Donald Trump in this year’s election, the Dallas Morning News editorial board went one step further on Wednesday, backing the Democratic presidential nominee for the first time in more than 75 years. “We don’t come to this decision easily,” the editorial board wrote, noting that it’s been critical of Hillary Clinton’s “handling of certain issues in the past.” “But unlike Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has experience in actual governance, a record of service and […]

  • One Person Killed in Polk City House Fire

    POLK CITY, Iowa – One person has died following a house fire in Polk City Tuesday night. Firefighters responded to 713 Washington Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday. When crews arrived on the scene, they were told one person remained in the home. Crews located the victim in the home’s basement. Officials said the victim was taken to a nearby ambulance where resuscitation efforts began but were not successful. The cause of the fire and death are still under investigation. […]

  • Severe Storms Possible Tuesday Night into Wednesday Morning

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Severe weather is possible this evening into the overnight hours. Meteorologist Megan Salois said temperatures Tuesday afternoon reached the lows 90s, with heat index values of nearly 100-degrees, and will help with thunderstorm development. “The moist atmosphere in Central Iowa will lead to strong destabilization along a cold front in northwest Iowa,” Salois said. “Northern Iowa is where we will see the bulk of the thunderstorm activity this evening. So if you do have outdoor plans in […]

  • One Person Killed in Polk County Motorcycle Crash

    POLK COUNTY, Iowa – One person is dead following a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle Monday night. The crash happened at about 7 p.m. near the 14200 block of NE 74th Street. Investigators said an SUV traveling northbound on 74th Street was struck head-on by a southbound Harley Davidson motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and two passengers in the SUV were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash […]

  • Oklahoma Earthquake Felt in Central Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A 5.6 magnitude earthquake  struck Oklahoma Saturday morning and many people felt the tremor here in Iowa. Shortly after 7 a.m., a 5.6 magnitude earthquake was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey near Pawnee, Oklahoma. No major damage has been reported. The earthquake was felt across much of the Central U.S., people have reported feeling the tremor as far south as El Paso, Texas, and as far north as Minnesota.

  • Shooting Reported at Des Moines-area Family Dollar Store

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Police in Des Moines are currently investigating a shooting at a Family Dollar store. Police responded to the store, located in the 1200 block of University Avenue, at about 3:25 p.m. Investigators said a woman was shot in the head. She was taken to an area hospital, her condition is not known.

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