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 State University Food Festival Brings Farmers’ Market Onto Campus

    AMES, Iowa  —  On Tuesday, Iowa State University held an on-campus food festival similar to a farmers’ market. A number of area vendors came to campus to offer free samples, as well as products for sale. Many students on campus have a meal plan, but some opted to pick up some vegetables or baked goods on the way to class. “There’s always been interest on our campus about having farmers’ markets and bringing produce to campus for our students, faculty, […]

  • Dragoon River Romp Ongoing Effort to Keep Des Moines River Trash-Free

    BOONE, Iowa  —  This weekend will mark over a decade of the Dragoon River Romp, an effort to cleanup a stretch of the Des Moines River near Boone. “We started back in 2006 with a $1,000 grant from the DNR called Project Aware,” said Lois Powers, administrator of the Boone County Landfill and Recycling Center. “We started that, we didn’t know if people would want to do it or not, and we ended up with over 100 volunteers the first […]

  • Clay County Fair Celebrating 100 Years This Weekend

    SPENCER, Iowa-The Clay County Fair this year is celebrating 100 years, since the founding of what is now Iowa’s largest County Fair. In 1917, in the midst of World War I there were 180 people who chipped in $100 each to start this fair. Attendance grew quickly with 30,000 people the first year, and 100,000 people in the 1920’s. “This is really kind of the Upper-Midwest September get together,” said Jeremy Parsons, Clay County Fair Manager. “We draw heavy out […]

  • Payoff on CyHawk Bet Goes On and On

    AMES, Iowa- The overtime win Saturday by the Iowa Hawkeyes Football team over Iowa State is still impacting at least one Cyclone fan. Evan Subbert, of Coon Rapids, lost a bet to a Hawkeye fan on the outcome of the game. He is now required to wear Hawkeye gear for a whole week. “I went to family and friends and found I only had two Hawk shirts,” said Subbert. “I don’t own any Hawk shirts, I realized I still had […]

  • Former School, City Hall Now Grinnell Boutique Hotel

    GRINNELL, Iowa  —  For weeks, Angela Harrington had been getting the same question: when would the Hotel Grinnell open? That answer is now. In an effort spanning at least 10 years, city leaders and Harrington had been trying to figure out how to open a hotel downtown. After the City Hall moved out, things began to fall into place, including an investor partner and some assistance from a state program. “The challenge in a small community is that the critical […]

  • $50 Million Gift Given to Iowa State College of Business

    AMES, Iowa  —  The College of Business at Iowa State University has received a gift of $50 million from a California couple with ties to the school. The historic commitment will see the ISU Business College named after Jerry and Debbie Ivy, of Los Altos Hills, California, for their gift. The money will be used in an endowment, which is expected to raise $2 million in funds for the college each year. The funds will be used to support programs in […]

  • Painted Ladies Enjoy Iowa’s Great Fall-Like Weather

    AMES, Iowa  —  The nice fall-like weather Iowa has experienced recently may have helped keep some visitors hanging around flower gardens. The Painted Lady butterflies are in Iowa by the thousands. Formal butterfly counts at Reiman Gardens last year showed under 20 Painted Ladies on each count; this week, 747 of the butterflies were counted. “Everything had to work out just right for this to happen. They had a really good spring, which allowed for large numbers of them to […]

  • Board of Regents Get Bleak Outlook For Funding Higher Education in Iowa

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  • Hot Dry Summer Increases Use of Limited Water Supply in Osceola

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  • Construction Can’t Stop Canteen in the Alley

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  • Pella Regional Health Center Opens New Birthing Unit

    PELLA, Iowa  —  The Pella Regional Health Center has dedicated a new $9 million obstetrics area. This new addition birthing center was built as a third floor atop the current hospital structure. The Health Center has needed more space for birthing, after 539 babies were born here last year. “We stay plenty busy. We’ve grown by leaps and bounds almost by the year, for the last 5 to 7 years,” said Spencer Carlstone, MD. “Part of that, a function of […]

  • Iowa State University Opens New $6 Million Dining Hall to Feed Growing Student Population

    AMES, Iowa  —  Iowa State University has opened a new $6 million dining hall to help meet the demands of record growth at the school. Windows is a new dining center located on the first floor of Friley Hall. It had been operated as a dining center since the 1940s, but closed in 2003 when the Union Drive Dining Center opened. Another dining center was also located in Friley called Dungeons. This center closed a few years back and now […]