13 FACTS ABOUT

Favorite Quote: “It’s not about you.” Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life.

Writes Left handed, Throws Right Handed.

Flew with the Navy Blue Angels on a media ride.

Covered stories in all 99 Counties in Iowa

Played the Trumpet in High School and College Marching Band

Freelance works with ESPN’s announcers on college basketball

Plays guitar in church worship band.

Movie ‘Final Season” was on my High School, Norway IA

Was always the smallest kid in school.

Rode on RAGBRAI for the first time in 2014

Favorite Iowa Restaurant: Colony Inn Amana

Favorite Iowa Place: West Lake Okoboji

Favorite Iowa State Park: Ledges

Roger Riley has worked around the state of Iowa for several decades in TV news working in Cedar Rapids and Sioux City Markets prior to landing in Central Iowa.

A graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Roger worked at the Quay County Sun in Tucumcari, NM for a short while before breaking into television at KBIM-TV in Roswell NM.

Roger started with WHO-TV in 2004 as a photojournalist. After 10 years on the morning show, he began as a multi-media journalist in 2014. He is best known at WHO-HD for doing live car-cam shots of tornadoes and blizzards around central IA. He also enjoys doing features on interesting people in IA.

Roger grew up on a farm near Norway, Iowa where he went to High School.

Roger & his wife Susie have 3 kids, 2 daughters-in law, and 2 grandchildren


Recent Articles
  • Iowa Towns & Farms Sustain Damage in High Winds Friday Night

    STORY CITY, Iowa  —  Storms rolled across Iowa Friday night doing damage in several locations throughout the state. In Story City, several buildings sustained heavy damage in the Story City Industrial Park.  One firm damaged does repairs to wind turbines. The roadway in the industrial park remains  blocked off on Saturday. Also, a number of farm buildings were damaged north and east of Story City. Edgar Christian went to the basement on his farm last night. “I was in the […]

  • Iowa Funeral Museum Takes a Look at The History of the Industry

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- It’s a museum like no other in the state. The Iowa Funeral Museum and Education Center opened in 2017. The old Casey’s store was purchased after that company built a new store down the street. “Open late August 2017 by Marty Mitchell, the owner of Mitchell Family Funeral Home here in Marshalltown,” said Billy Wilson, Curator of the Museum. “He’s been collecting artifacts from the funeral industry for over 30 years.” The museum is designed, not to be […]

  • No Need to Wait for Tulip Time to Get Your Dutch Fix

    PELLA, Iowa- When Jason and Valerie Bandstra planned to open a business here, they were thinking ice cream, but then they had some other ideas. “So we thought about doing ice cream but then as we start thinking more about it we thought it be fun to offer Dutch specialty items,” said Valerie. “Immediately my thought was poffertjes, I love poffertjes, my friends love poffertjes.” That Dutch food item always has long lines during the annual Tulip Time Festival in […]

  • If You Build it, They Will Come–to the Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery

    TRAER, Iowa  —  Several years ago, retired newspaper editor Ellen Young began to look for ways to promote her town of Traer. It was known for its winding spiral staircase in front of a downtown building, which was good for a quick photo-op and the name of the community festival. Still, Young thought the town needed more. “I went to a seminar in Des Moines, the speaker was talking about ways you could attract people to your community,” said Young. […]

  • Mason City Makes the Most of Mountains of Snow This Winter

    MASON CITY, Iowa  —  Mason City has seen mountains of snow this winter. Each week or so, snowstorms traveled across Minnesota and into Iowa. On Sunday, approximately 6.8 inches of snow fell in the area, leaving another winter wonderland for residents to scoop. Steve Heller just moved to Mason City from Forest City, and was helping his neighbor scoop out his drive after the snowfall. “Just helping them out, I used to do it in Forest City when I lived […]

  • Iowa State School of Journalism Conference Tackles Fake News

    AMES, Iowa  —  The Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism sponsored the Greenlee Summit on Trending Strategies in the media. The conference focused on the changing media landscape and how the media has to do more with fewer resources. One of the panels focused on the topic of “fake news.” “Trump didn’t invent distrust in the media, it was already there,” said Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg News, formerly of the Des Moines Register. “Many people thought the media had […]

  • Iowa Success Story Told in Williamsburg Innovation Center

    WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa  —  Traveling past Williamsburg on Interstate 80, you may have noticed the Tanger Outlet Center, and just west of there a manufacturing plant with some unusual yard art. Kinze Manufacturing has a tractor and huge planter mounted on it’s nose, standing upright, and stacks of life-sized grain carts on its signs. The planter bar turns horizontal to vertical every 15 minutes. The company is known for its planter bars, which, for the first time, helped farmers fold up […]

  • Bancroft Piles The Snow After April Storm

    BANCROFT, Iowa- Yet another round of snow fell across northern Iowa on Tuesday. Anywhere from 5-8 inches fell across this part of the state. A day later huge piles of snow were all over this Kossuth County town. “I’m crazy enough to be out in it, I was out in it yesterday,” said Arlene Rahe, of Bancroft. “I went to the church help set up for a funeral that I went back home and stay there.” Royce Murra grew up […]

  • Eagle Grove Preparing to Grow

    EAGLE GROVE, Iowa  —  Work is on schedule for the new Prestage Hog Processing Plant to open in November of 2018. Preliminary hiring has already taken place, with the bulk of the workers set to be hired just prior to the plant opening. While the plant will employ somewhere around 1,000 people, it’s not known how many will actually move to Eagle Grove. “We did a housing study that looked at our pent-up demand for rentals,” said Eagle Grove City […]

  • Ames Business Adds Sweets to Boost Sales During Slow Season

    AMES, Iowa  —  Since 2011, the Orange Leaf location in Ames has been serving up frozen yogurt treats with a variety of toppings. Owner John Shelton noticed that in winter, sales of the product were down compared to during summer, so he came up with a plan to sell mini donuts right alongside the yogurt. The new shop is called Sweet Mini’s Donut Company. “Just decided that this mini donut concept that we developed would be a good complement to […]

  • Waukee Students Lobby Lawmakers to Replace Funding

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Some Waukee High School Students spent their morning doing some lobbying at the Iowa Capitol. The students are a part of a program called APEX at Waukee, which stands for Aspiring Professional Experience. They have been trained how to do vision screenings in elementary aged students in that district. What brought the students to the Statehouse, was cutting of funding for training the students had received. Due to state budget issues, the state had dropped $96,000. “Helping […]

  • Students Learn History, Research Skills in History Day Competition

    PELLA, Iowa- Across Iowa some 8,000 students are signed up to participate in History Day. The state is divided into 12 regional competitions for some to advance to the state History Day on April 30th, in Des Moines. The students pick a topic on U.S. or Iowa History, and then spend time researching that topic over the school year. At the History Day competition they may present their research as a paper, a website, a table top display, or as […]