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
  • Police Investigate Des Moines Bank Robbery

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Police in Des Moines are investigating a bank robbery. It happened at the First Class Credit Union, 303 Euclid Avenue, shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities say the suspect did not show any weapons and passed a note to the teller demanding money before taking off on foot. The suspect is described as about 6-feet tall, dressed in all black and has several days worth of facial hair. Police are currently searching for the suspect. Check […]

  • Iowa State Fair Unveils New Foods for 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The countdown to the Iowa State Fair is underway. The fair is still a little less than two months away but on Wednesday fair officials announced some of the new food you’ll see at this year’s fair. 16 new items will be available for fairgoers to enjoy this year, including: • Apple Pie On-a-Stick – sliced apples dipped in a funnel cake batter and apple pie spice, deep fried and topped with cinnamon sugar. Served with a side […]

  • Des Moines Police Investigate Shooting Report

    DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines police are investigating a report of shots fired Wednesday afternoon. Police responded to the intersection of SE 6th at Hartford Monday afternoon. Several units were on the scene investigating the possible shooting. No other information has been released.

  • Tornado That Moved Through Southern Iowa Rated EF3

    ALBIA, Iowa – The tornado that moved through southern Iowa on Monday was a quarter-mile wide with winds of more than 140 MPH at its peak. For more than an hour, the storm tracked through parts of Marion, Lucas, Monroe and Davis Counties. The tornado touched down at 5:05 p.m. just southeast of Columbia in Marion County. Meteorologists said the tornado continued on its path moving briefly through Lucas County and entered Monroe County. The tornado had estimated winds of 142 m.p.h. when it […]

  • WATCH THIS: Northern Lights Over Iowa

    BLAIRSBURG, Iowa – People across North America stayed up late Monday night to witness the Northern Lights. Brian Abeling traveled to a farm in Blairsburg and produced this time lapse video. Watch some of Brian’s other work: Northern Lights: Iowa View Is Amazing Lunar Eclipse and ‘Blood Moon’ Time-Lapse Makes Des Moines Look Awesome Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Over Des Moines 12″ of Snow in 60 Seconds A Much Needed Reminder of Summer

  • Hail, Damaging Winds, and Tornadoes Possible Wednesday

    DES MOINES, Iowa – As Iowans continue to cleanup following several rounds of severe weather Monday, another chance for severe weather returns to the forecast on Wednesday. Download the 13WarnMe App “A stationary boundary continues to sit, stretched east to west just south of the Iowa-Missouri border. Pulses of energy will continue to develop and move along this front, taking their path right through our state,” Salois said. “With these storms comes an enhanced risk of a few tornadoes, hail […]

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Northern Lights Visible in Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa – A solar storm Monday night caused quite the show in the skies over North America. The Northern Lights were visible in many places, including Iowa. If you have photos of the Northern Lights, share them on the WHO-HD Weather Facebook page.

  • Damage Reported After Tornado Hits Albia

    ALBIA, Iowa – Severe weather Monday afternoon spawned a tornado that caused damage as it moved through parts of Monroe County. Spotters reported a tornado on the ground south of Knoxville at about 5:10 p.m. Monday. The storm continued to move to the southeast and struck Albia at about 5:40 p.m. Viewers have reported damage to several homes and businesses on the south side of town. The Indian Hills Inn has suffered roof damage, KIIC Radio reports. Our crew on the […]

  • Damage Reported Following Severe Storms Monday Morning

    WRIGHT COUNTY, Iowa – A round of severe storms Monday morning caused damage as they moved through northern Iowa. Channel 13 News has received many reports of wind damage in Humboldt, Wright and Franklin Counties. Viewers tell Channel 13 that a hog confinement building was destroyed near 250th Street at Quincy Avenue near Clarion as the storms moved through. Widespread tree and power line damage has been reported in the city of Humboldt. Hey 52 down to shoulder passing only. Semi roll over […]

  • LIVE BLOG: Tornado on the Ground in Monroe County

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  • Ames Police Investigate Fatal Shooting

    AMES, Iowa – One person is dead following an early morning shooting in Ames. Police responded to 1421 Idaho Avenue at 1 a.m. Saturday on a report of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found a male victim with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Two males who were found at the residence are being interviewed by investigators. Witnesses reported hearing an argument and several gun shots outside of the residence prior to the […]

  • POLL: What Do You Think of Donald Trump’s Presidential Candidacy?

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