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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


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    Day 2 of RAGBRAI Brings Variety of Sights for Travelers

    It’s day two of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, and participants are headed to Creston. The journey offers a variety of sights unique to Iowa. Channel 13’s Roger Riley reports on a few of them.

  • RAGBRAI departing Glenwood (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    RAGBRAI Starts With ‘Mile of Silence’

    GLENWOOD, Iowa — Riders got underway Sunday morning on RAGBRAI 2016 from Glenwood. This day there will be a special event during the ride called “Mile of Silence” to remember riders killed and injured in bicycle accidents. This year, Iowa has eight bicycle fatalities, double this time last year, according to the Iowa Bicycle Coalition. “We’re 35th in bicycle fatalities. In state rank, we’re in the lower half of states, so bicycling is inherently safe,” said Mark Wyatt, Executive Director […]

  • Craig Hunter, of Ames, and Mike Tamashunas, of Ames, dip back tires in Missouri River prior to RAGBRAI 2016 (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    RAGBRAI 2016 Readies to Launch From Glenwood

    GLENWOOD, Iowa — RAGBRAI riders, drivers, and vendors all gathered in Glenwood for a Sunday morning sendoff for the 2016 ride. RAGBRAI organizers are expecting up to 20,000 people to be on or around the ride as it treks across the state to Muscatine where it will end on Saturday. “We’ve got some serious climbs tomorrow but it’s only a 50-mile day, ” said T.J. Juskiewicz , RAGBRAI Director. “So we’re going to go through some towns we’ve never been […]

  • Zachary Smith is setting up Pokemon Lures to attract attention for a church group lemonade stand  (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Pokémon Go Game Promoting Ames Lemonade Stand

    AMES, Iowa – A hot day is a good day for a lemonade stand. Kids on a Mission at the First United Methodist Church wanted to raise funds to help kids in poverty in the area. One idea Zachary Smith had was to activate a Pokémon Go Lure Module. What that means is there was a sort of online invitation to Pokémon Go players to look for Pokémon at the lemonade stand. “Yeah we did see several people come by […]

  • Large fans help keep the cool at the Boone Count Fair. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Keeping Cool At The Boone County Fair

    BOONE, Iowa- The Boone County Fair started the 2016 run on the hottest day of the year. As exhibitors were still setting up for the fair, a ribbon cutting was held on the fair to celebrate a new $70,000 remodel of the fair’s food stand. It is now air-conditioned. It used to be an open building with no walls. “Our commercial building is air-conditioned our community building is air-conditioned, and I are 4-H food stand is also air-conditioned,” said Ashley […]

  • Students from the Ames Boys and Girls Club tour the Bergstrom Complex as they study STEM (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Students Study How Engineering Makes Things Work at Jack Trice Stadium

    AMES, Iowa — A total of 13 students from the Ames Boys and Girls Club got a lesson in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at a very unusual place. The students went to Jack Trice Stadium to get a tour to see what’s new. One thing is new cellphone technology. US Cellular explained they have new towers on each flagpole designed to cover a section of about 5,000 fans at a time. The stadium is divided into zones, and […]

  • Each Thursday Night the Taco Ride converges on Mineola, IA ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    RAGBRAI Not the Only Famous Bike Ride in Iowa

    MINEOLA, Iowa — This year, RAGBRAI Riders may get an extra ride if they just come a little early. The Taco Ride is billed as the oldest and largest weekly bike ride in the country. Each Thursday night, riders leave Council Bluffs for a 10-mile ride to Tobey Jacks in Mineola. There they are served tacos, before turning around and riding 10 miles back. The ride gained some national attention when a TV commercial promoting Jennie O Turkey was made […]

  • Kossuth County Sheriff Stephen Kollasch and Incoming Algona Police Chief Kendall Pals look over notes of encouragement for officers (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Algona Area Law Enforcement Officers Appreciate Community Gratitude

    ALGONA, Iowa — In the wake of police shootings across the country, even officers in small-town Iowa are noticing more appreciation for what they do. During a news conference Friday on another matter, law enforcement officers wanted to take the time to let people know how much they appreciate all the support they are getting. They shared stories of people bringing food and posting many thank you’s on social media. One day care center had kids do hand written notes […]

  • Iowa Board of Regents meeting in Ames at Iowa State University (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa Board of Regents Approve $250 Tuition Increase

    AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a tuition increase to try to offset funds which were not approved by the Iowa Legislature. Regent Larry McKibben proposed a $250 increase instead of $300, which was approved unanimously. Regent Chair Bruce Rastetter said he talked with University Presidents, and they said they could operate with that increase. Several Regents and ISU President Steven Leath all said the schools need to find a better, more predictable model to help […]

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    Storms Down Trees All Over Eagle Grove

    EAGLE GROVE, Iowa — Pastor Jason Cooper of the Eagle Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church had two important tasks on Sunday morning. First, he was trying to decide if Eagle Grove roads were clear enough for him to hold Sunday morning church services. An early morning storm had left many roads in town blocked with downed trees. His second issue, no gas stations had power and he was running low on gas for his car. “Power is out all over town, […]

  • Kossuth County Authorities used a drone to find, and rescue 2 people Wednesday night (Courtesy: Kossuth County Sheriff's Office)

    Drone Used to Find Stranded Boater Suffering from Heart Attack in Algona

    ALGONA, Iowa – A river rescue in Algona on Wednesday, July 13 had a positive outcome, thanks to some help from a newly-purchased drone. Wednesday night Kossuth County authorities got a call from a family saying loved ones had been on the East Fork of the Des Moines River, and had not returned at the expected time. A search and rescue was launched when David Penton, Kossuth County Emergency Manager remembered a new tool purchased by the Sheriff’s Office. Authorities […]

  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell meets with reporters after a meeting on the Affordable Care Act in Fort Dodge (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    HHS Secretary In Iowa Talking Zika Virus and Affordable Healthcare Act

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services was in Iowa Friday talking about the Zika virus. Not that it is a problem in this state, but the HHS announced more cases in the United States. “In the United States, there have been 16 adverse outcomes for pregnancies among American Citizens already,” said Sylvia Burwell, HHS Secretary in the Obama Administration. She was in Fort Dodge to discuss the Affordable Care Act. She said efforts to […]

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