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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    Ames Hospital Enters Agreement to Save Marshalltown Hospital

    AMES, Iowa — A partnership between two central Iowa hospitals could keep one of them from closing. Central Iowa Healthcare in Marshalltown has lost millions of dollars over recent years. That’s one of the reasons it wants to join forces with Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. The announcement was made Tuesday at the outpatient facility in Marshalltown. Officials said healthcare systems across the country, especially independent hospitals like Central Iowa Healthcare, are faced with many challenges. “Healthcare systems across […]

  • Salvation Army workers and residents are allowed to return to the building after a gas leak caused evacuation.(Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Gas Leak Causes Des Moines Salvation Army to be Evacuated

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Salvation Army warehouse, store and residential facility on East Court Avenue was evacuated Tuesday morning due to a natural gas leak. Crews in the warehouse bumped a pipe, which caused a puncture in a gas line. Ten workers in the warehouse were evacuated along with 65 residents of the men’s residential facility. Salvation Army officials say MidAmerican Energy crews were working just a block away when the gas leak happened and were able to respond […]

  • Dynamic Feedback signs remind Ames drivers to slow down. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames Slowing Motorists Without Red Light, Speed Cameras

    AMES, Iowa — The City of Ames has addressed problems of excessive speed in the city, not with a speed trap or ticketing cameras, but with something called dynamic feedback signs. The signs track each vehicles’ speed and display it below the road’s posted speed limit. This is viewed as a gentle reminder to slow down in residential and one business neighborhoods in Ames. Residents near Mary Greeley Medical Center approached the city about doing something to slow cars on […]

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    Iowa Christian Academy Students Enjoy Year-End at Ledges State Park

    BOONE, Iowa- The Iowa Christian Academy made a day of it at Ledges State Park.  Sixteen Kindergarten students, along with parents came to the Ledges Canyon for a little fun in the water. This was a year-end celebration for this milestone year for this students.  The teacher said that all kids brought dry clothes to go home in. The students have one more week of classes left.

  • Vetersn Louis Swanson, or Greene County asks Sen. Joni Ernst about future funding for Agent Orange Testing at a Veteran's Roundtable in Jefferson Friday (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ernst Meets with Iowa Veterans to Address Concerns Over Agent Orange

    JEFFERSON, Iowa — Sen. Joni Ernst was back in her home state Friday and held a roundtable discussion for veterans. At the Green County Community Center, Ernst held a 90-minute meeting to hear veterans’ concerns, ranging from Agent Orange testing, post-traumatic stress syndrome and a variety of other issues that affect our veterans. On the question regarding her support for funding for Agent Orange research and resources for veterans battling that, she said she supports the rolling of S-901 into an […]

  • Hunter Moss at the Webster City Middle School gym.

    Make-A-Wish Foundation Drops in for Surprise at Special Olympics Ceremony

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — The Webster City Middle School gym was packed Thursday as the student body and community gave a rock-star style sendoff for their local Special Olympic athletes. But for 16-year-old athlete Hunter Moss, there was a special surprise waiting for him from Make-A-Wish Foundation. “Next month in June, Hunter’s wish will come true: to travel to Sesame Place. Hunter is a huge Elmo and “Sesame Street” fan. We could not think of a better place for Hunter […]

  • Mariposa Park near Newton will undergo a $1 million dollar improvement (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Jasper County Planning Improvements to Mariposa Lake

    NEWTON, Iowa- The Jasper County Conservation Board has launched a plan to do improvements to the County’s largest lake. “The county conservation board has been concerned about the water quality at Mariposa, and all their lakes for a long time,” said Keri Van Zante, Director of the Jasper County Conservation Board. “For 20-25 years we’ve been talking about what we might do for the water quality at Mariposa.” The lake is used for fishing and some boating. It is located […]

  • Water System Dirdtor John Dunn explains a few homes may have lead pipes in Ames. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    City of Ames Sending Notices Over A Small Number of Lead Pipes in the City

    AMES, Iowa- The City of Ames will be sending out notices to 300 home owners, that they could possibly have  water pipes made of lead, leading from the street main, into the house. The City conducted a survey of it’s water handling after concerns raised about the Flint, Michigan water supply. The City did not find any lead contamination, but did learn that around 300 of the 19,000 Ames water customers could have lead pipes leading into their house. “While […]

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    Rachel’s Challenge Celebrating Acts of Kindness in Fort Dodge

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — Around 3,500 students from Fort Dodge Schools gathered at the Dodger Football stadium to celebrate Rachel’s Challenge. The program challenges kids to be kind and do something for others. It’s named after Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. Just before her death, she wrote a two-page code of ethics on how students should treat each other. For the past four years, this program has been in the […]

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    Drake Professor Teaching the Power of Smartphone Videography

    DES MOINES, Iowa — This is the year of video, according to a video production and social media expert. Drake University Assistant Professor Chris Snider has the task of teaching 100 freshmen students video production, but not with the kind of equipment you might normally think of. “Movies and films that win awards at festivals are being shot entirely on iPhones. With a few added attachments, you an create the same quality video,” he said. With the advanced quality of […]

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    Ames Main Street Building Getting ‘Yarn Bombed’

    AMES, Iowa — A building on the north side of Ames Main Street is under going “yarn bombing.” The project came about after ISU Design Professor Jennifer Drinkwater received a grant from the Burning Man Organization for a collaborative or interactive art project. She has been working with knitters and crocheters on panels to hang on the front of the downtown building. The panels will hang until June 1, when they will be taken down, cleaned, and made into quilts. […]

  • Ames Schools have moved into their new Administration Building. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames School District Administration Moves into New Offices

    AMES, Iowa — The Ames Community Schools Administration moved into a building this week on a new $10 million campus, which is where Ames baseball, softball, and cross country fields will also be located. This project was done with penny sales tax funds. The district is also about to complete a $55 million project by building and remodeling several elementary school buildings. That project will be wrapped up in time for school to start in the fall. That project will […]

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