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 1 grandchild.


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    Students See Realities of Drinking and Driving in Mock Crash

    COLO, Iowa — The police scanners were abuzz Thursday morning with a call on a possible fatal accident. Emergency vehicles sped toward the Colo-Nesco High School campus where one car had t-boned another. Fortunately, the call was just a drill. It was done for the benefit of Colo-Nesco High School students right before prom weekend at the school. Three students acted as occupants of the vehicles. The scene was two girls in a van and another senior student by himself […]

  • Fort Dodge sign along Highway 169 on the North edge of town (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Fort Dodge Rallies in America’s Best Communities Competition

    FORT DODGE, Iowa- Community leaders from Fort Dodge are in North Carolina competing as a part of America’s Best Cities competition. Fort Dodge is the only Iowa community in the finals, along with 15 other towns from across America. Some 200 people gathered for a watch party over the noon hour. The community gathering was also included in the presentation via FaceTime live on the internet back to the presentation site in North Carolina. Fort Dodge was the only town […]

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    Book Showcases Iowa’s Century-Old Highway, a Way for Historic Explorers

    COLO, Iowa — Taking a trip across the state nowadays is as easy as hopping on I-35 or I-80, But 100 years ago, it was a much more difficult trip to navigate. Back then, the paved routes across the state were just being finished. The first highway to ever cross the country from north to south ran right through Iowa. There’s a new book from an Iowa author chronicling the history of the Jefferson Highway, and history fans are excited […]

  • Jefferson Highway Marker near Colo (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Jefferson Highway Book Shows The Way For Historic Explorers

    COLO, Iowa- A new book called The Jefferson Highway has been published by University of Iowa Press. The author is Lyell Henry of Iowa City who has researched and written on roadside cultures along Iowa’s early roads. The Jefferson Highway book looks at the road’s founding by E.T. Meredith of Des Moines, who was inspired to start a north-south road across the United States, after the launch of the Lincoln Highway running from New York to San Francisco, passing through […]

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    World Food Prize Looking for the Next Norman Borlaug

    AMES, Iowa — The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute met for its Fifth Anniversary session on the floor of Hilton Coliseum in Ames on Monday. Three hundred students and about 200 faculty and advisors are coming to learn more about the expanding world population and the need to produce more food. The students are on the campus of Iowa State University to learn more about career paths in agriculture they could take, which could help address world hunger. “Norman Borlaug […]

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    Person Seriously Injured in Fall from Parking Garage

    AMES, Iowa — One person was seriously injured Monday afternoon after falling from a parking garage. Tom Hackett, with the Ames Fire Department, said a call came in about 3:30 p.m. that a person had fallen from the parking garage at the Medical Arts Building at 1015 Duff Ave., just south of Mary Greeley Medical Center. The Medical Arts Building is part of the McFarland Medical Clinic. Hackett did not release the victim’s name and said he or she was […]

  • Hovercraft demonstration at Iowa State University's Howe Hall (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Boeing Engineers Judge Work of ISU Aerospace Students

    AMES, Iowa — Aerospace Engineering students at Iowa State University were involved in a competition of engineering schools. Teams made up of Iowa State and North Carolina A&T students competed alongside each other. The goal is to prepare students for real world jobs. Judges from the Boeing Corporation came to Ames to judge, inspire and encourage students who were designing aircraft. Part of the presentation included actually flying what they built. Though weather was a mixture of sun and pouring […]

  • 1918 Newspaper found stuffed inside an old chair. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    100-Year-Old Boone Newspaper Found in Antique Chair

    URBANDALE, Iowa — A Des Moines woman decided to refurbish an old chair given to her by her cousin. When Carol Wheeler began to remove the seat cover, she found something unexpected. “My cousin gave me a chair because I recently started refinishing furniture,” said Wheeler.  “She’d had this chair in her basement since she can remember … her whole life.” The chair was stuffed with a nearly complete Boone, Iowa newspaper. But probably the more exciting part was that […]

  • Randy & Jill King on the last day of operation of King's Christian Bookstore (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Kings Christian Bookstore in Boone Closing After Eight-Year Run

    BOONE, Iowa — Eight years ago, Randy and Jill King opened Kings Christian Bookstore as they felt God calling them to do so. Now, the couple is being led to close the store. Kings Christian Books has sold books and gifts to many, but it may be remembered best as a gathering spot. It was a place for piano lessons, recitals, firearm lessons, presidential candidates, whatever, the Kings always had the coffee on for whatever group needed a space to […]

  • The 2016 ISU PrISUm Car was unveiled at Central Campus at ISU. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    ISU Team to Build Street-Legal Solar Car

    AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Team PrISUm unveiled its 2016 version of its solar car. This one features a brand new energy efficient engine. But what they are planning for 2017 is even bigger: A four-person, street-legal solar vehicle. The 2017 vehicle is being built to compete in a competition held in Australia. The 2016 car costs over $300,000, and its new engine replaced an engine that had served various cards for about nine years. The car next […]

  • Univ. of Iowa seeking improvements to Carver Hawkeye Arena (WHO-HD photo)

    University of Iowa Seeks New Scoreboard for Carver Hawkeye Arena

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa- The University of Iowa is seeking approval from the Iowa Board of Regents to purchase a new video board system for Carver-Hawkeyes Arena. Currently, fans can watch one of four screens overhead. The proposal calls to spend up to $3.5 million on the boards. The University also plans to enter into a lease agreement for up to $5.5 million dollars for the installation of new equipment and control room to operate the new boards.  The new system […]

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    Soldier Surprises Mom and Daughter With Early Homecoming

    AMES, Iowa — Early one morning at work last week, Carie Hasselman was interrupted to help a “customer” in the back of the Hy-Vee store. When she walked around the corner, she realized the customer was her own daughter, Antonia Koenigsdorf, who had just come home early from a military deployment in Jordan for six months. “I didn’t anticipate seeing her, because she’d had difficulty. She knew she wouldn’t get leave for at least a week. What a surprise it […]

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