CONTINUING COVERAGE: FLOODS OF 2016

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
  • Flood waters are receding at most Cedar Falls homes (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Cedar Falls Cleaning Up After Flood

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The Cedar River crested in Cedar Falls on Saturday, and now the water is going down so that some residents can get back into their homes. In the low-lying area called North Cedar, which is north of downtown, the river water was staying up in that neighborhood. “It’s the second highest flood ever 2 feet below what they predicted,” said John Benton, who lives in the North Cedar Neighborhood. “Still plenty high for a lot of […]

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    The Community of Shell Rock Has Been Here Before With 2008 Flood

    SHELL ROCK, Iowa — The big story in the Shell Rock area Friday is how to get from Point A to Point B because flood waters are covering so many roads. Many of the bridges around Shell Rock are closed because of the flooding. Local officials are concerned about keeping the main bridge in Shell Rock open . Many here are comparing this flood to 2008. Most agree the water is higher this time.  Friday around mid-day Butler County Emergency […]

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    Ames Flash Flooding Overnight

    AMES, Iowa- Rain fell in buckets for several hours in Ames Thursday night into Friday morning causing flooding where there usually is not flooding. 13th and Dayton flooded, stalling at least two cars. Power was out to the east part of Ames. 16th street was flooded, along with 24th street. The flooding caused people to have to change their travel plans and routes.

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    Iowans Savor the Last Day of Summer

    BOONE, Iowa — For Larry Iddings and friends, the trip to Ledges State Park came on a hot last day of summer. His group was walking the creek bed in Ledges Canyon. “Enjoying it out here,” said Iddings, who works at Broadlawns Hospital. “Since the weather is going to be 92 down here it still feels cool.” The group did not mind getting their feet wet as the mercury was heading towards the 90’s by mid-morning. “I try to make […]

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    Monday Storms Cause Damage in Southern Iowa

    CHARITON, Iowa — Storms Monday night caused damage to at least two homes in Chariton and knocked down numerous tree branches. One rental home had a large tree branch draped all the way across the roof. “I was coming in from Des Moines kind of watching the storm from the backside,” said Todd Lambirth, who owns a rental house in Chariton. “I thought ‘boy that looks like it’s over Chariton’ and got home, watched it with the wife a little […]

  • Secure360 Iowa Conference in West Des Moines Monday (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Cybersecurity Threat to Midwest Due to Not Enough Workers

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The cybersecurity industry has developed a new threat, and it’s one you probably wouldn’t expect. It is a lack of workers to fill the positions which are open. “We need people, in the Twin Cities we have a negative 16 unemployment rate,” said Rich Rhodes, of the Upper Midwest Security Alliance. “In Iowa, it isn’t much different and across the U.S.” This week saw the first-ever Iowa 360 Security Conference held in West Des Moines. […]

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    Doodle Bug Turns 70 at Reunion in Webster City

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa- A celebration of the Doodle Bug is going on this week in Webster City. For 30 years the Hamilton County town has hosted a reunion of Doodle Bug owners and enthusiasts. The small bike was manufactured in Webster City by Beam Manufacturing from 1946-48. The company made about 40,000 of the bikes, only a thousand or so are left. “I liked them when I was a kid because it was pretty cheap transportation,” said Don Nokes, of […]

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    Guinness Names Iowa Man Oldest Active Pilot in the World

    RED OAK, Iowa- After about nine months of waiting following the application, 98-year-old Ernie Smith of Red Oak has been named the Oldest Active Pilot in the World, by the Guinness Book of World Records. Smith was nominated by friends, at the Red Oak Airport last January. On Monday Smith got the word  that he is  confirmed as the oldest pilot. The effort required a lot of paper work. Witnesses in April watched Smith fly the airplane solo, and video taped […]

  • Model A's roll into Williams on Wednesday morning. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Model A’s Touring Iowa: Visit to Williams’ Classic Auto Collection

    WILLIAMS, Iowa — The Great Annual Model A Ride around Iowa is underway for 2016. Over 20 Ford Model A’s left Ankeny for a tour which will include overnight stops in Mason City Wednesday, Algona on Thursday, and Fort Dodge on Friday. Wednesday morning the group stopped in Williams off Highway 20 and I-35 to tour the Hemken Auto Collection. 65 vintage autos are displayed, many, which have not been restored, as a way to preserve their authenticity. The museum […]

  • Memorial Stone to an unknown person from an unknown time uncovered in Sheffield. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Mystery Memorial Uncovered in Sheffield

    SHEFFIELD, Iowa — Crews working on a Highway 65 uncovered a memorial stone on Tuesday while working on the Gilman and Highway 65 interchange leading into town. Crews unearthed the object, and gave it to the town’s police chief. He took the broken stone to City Hall where it was cleaned up. The inscription reads: “A heart of gold stopped beating, two shining eyes at rest. God broke our hearts to prove he only takes the best.” City Clerk Katy […]

  • Cy-Ride employees were handing out cookies on the 40th Anniversary of the transportation service in Ames. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames’ CyRide Turns 40 Years Old

    AMES, Iowa — The City of Ames bus service, CyRide celebrated its 40th anniversary on Tuesday. CyRide officials were handing out cookies at bus stops in Ames. “It’s been a great 40 years obviously we’ve grown with both the community and the University together,” said Sheri Kyras, Director of CyRide. CyRide started in 1976 with only 20 employees and five vehicles. Today, the service has 197 employees and 105 buses. Initially, CyRide was a door-to-door service in Ames. Now, the service is […]

  • MidAmerican Energy workers train on line work at new facility in Des Moines (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    MidAmerican Opens New Training Center For Apprentices

    DES MOINES, Iowa =- MidAmerican Energy has opened a new Line Mechanic Training Center in Des Moines. The new facility is needed in light of a looming shortage of line workers for the company. More than 50 percent of those workers are planning to retire in the next five to 10 years. “Right now we have around 300 plus lineman in our company,” said  Jim Dougherty, of MidAmerican Energy. “That kind of ebbs and flows with retirement and pre-hires, but […]