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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 1 grandchild.


Recent Articles
  • Chris Sharp of Clarion reads the Bible in front of the Wright County Courthouse in Clarion. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Bible Reading Planned at 99 Iowa County Courthouses

      CLARION, Iowa- Governor Branstad has issued a proclamation calling on Iowans to read the Bible in all 99 counties over the 4th of July weekend. Reading at the Wright County Courthouse began on Tuesday. Readers spent the day Tuesday and Wednesday reading from the Bible. Wright County Prayer Captain Donna Bailey said they started early, as they did not want to be reading on the courthouse steps in the wee hours. So the volunteers come for 14 hour days. […]

  • Warren County Clerk of Court boxes ready to move out of Indianola Courthouse. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Warren County Clerk of Court Moving Day

    INDIANOLA, Iowa- The Warren County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to move part of the Warren County Clerk of Court Office to the Warren County Annex, a storefront building on the west side of the square in Indianola. “The only actually took today was to give the clerk of courts office some space in our Annex for the convenience of the citizens of Warren County,” said Supervisor Board Chair Doug Shull. “It’s just another step forward in the whole process […]

  • The 20th Great Iowa Tractor Ride visits the Iowa Speedway in Newton (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Great Iowa Tractor Ride Marks 20th Year

    GRINNELL, Iowa- This week marks the 20th Anniversary of the Great Iowa Tractor Ride. The Ride in 1996 was began from the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds in Grinnell. That was the first-ever organized, sponsored tractor ride in the United States. “It started out Mark and Gary had this this idea was actually want to ride across the state of Iowa,” said Daryl Hall, of Grinnell who helped to found the first ever ride. “It just exploded from there I think we’re […]

  • Mary Hamer helps visitors to the Loess Hills Lavender Farm cut some of the plant. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa’s First Lavender Farm Finds Home in the Loess Hills

    MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa- Tim and Mary Hamer were high school sweethearts growing up in the Loess Hills of western Iowa. The couple was living in Chariton, Iowa when they paid a visit to their son in Washington State. “Up to Sequim, Washington, where they have lavender festival’s and at about 30 farms, and the first thought that came to my mind was I got to do this in Iowa, said Mary Hamer. “This farm finally after four years came up […]

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    Downtown Ames is Lighting Up Again

    AMES, Iowa — After being dark for a few years, Ames is now getting its Main Street roof tops lit again. So many lights were out that city leaders decided to leave the lights off until they could be replaced. Different companies made proposals and bids on the project to light four blocks of downtown Ames. A bid of $80,000 was accepted from Innovative Lighting of Roland. Company workers are installing the lights this week. The first night-time test happened […]

  • McKenna Haase returned to the Slideways Karting Center, where she learned to race. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Des Moines Woman Returns to Where Her Racing Career Began

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa- A Des Moines woman returned to her roots Wednesday to where she started her racing career. McKenna Haase learned to race at the Slideways Karting Center north of Knoxville. “I actually got started here, after meeting a NASCAR driver in a shopping mall,” said Haase. ” I started coming here on the weekends and race here for two years in the men’s league when I was 11 and 12.” She worked her way up to racing at Knoxville […]

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    Meskwaki Tribe Joins Bakken Pipeline Opponents in Fight

    BOONE, Iowa — Landowners and those interested in stopping the Bakken pipeline across Iowa held a news conference to discuss the lawsuit to try to stop the project. The group called on the Army Corps of Engineers to deny permits for the pipeline to cross waterways in Iowa. The Bakken Pipeline Resistance Coalition brought together landowners from Boone and Story counties as well as representatives from the Meskwaki Tribe to talk about their opposition to the project. “The Des Moines […]

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    Most Iowa Crops Weathering Heat

    BOONE, Iowa — Recent hot temperatures have caused some Iowa corn plants to react to the heat. Near Boone, and in many central Iowa counties, corn plants have leaves that are curling. “A big portion of my areas kind of stressed right now we’re little on the dry side,” according to Mark Johnson, Iowa State University Extension field agronomist. “It is a defensive mechanism of the corn plant to curl the leaves, and as it curls, it’s going to lose […]

  • Ames Hoggatt School Museum is open after closing for a school construction project. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames Hoggatt School Museum Open Again

      AMES, Iowa-After a couple of years of being closed the Ames Hoggatt School is once again open. The first-ever school in Ames was began in 1861 for families of pioneer children. The school was preserved as a museum on the site of Meeker Elementary School in Ames. The museum had to be closed an moved, as Meeker Elementary was rebuilt as a new building on the same site, the old Meeker School was torn down. The Hoggatt School was […]

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    Touch a Piece of the Hindenburg at Iowa Aviation Museum

    GREENFIELD, Iowa — A new exhibit has opened at the Iowa Aviation Museum in Greenfield that highlights some of the largest flying machines ever built. The exhibit also contains stories of Iowans who helped develop the lighter than air ships, which flew for about 10 years before being eclipsed by large airplanes. The exhibit tells the story of Creston man Jerome Hunsaker, who was program manager of the first U.S. airship called the Shenandoah. The exit also tells the story […]

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    Pocahontas Statue Gets New Tee-Pee, Celebrating 60 Years Standing Watch

    POCAHONTAS, Iowa – It is the 60th anniversary of the day a statue of the Indian Princess Pocahontas, along Highway 3, was erected at the east edge of the city. A few years back, some thought Pocahontas the statue was in need of some help. Mayor Dick Gruber decided to take action. With the city’s boom truck, he gave the princess a new coat of paint. But some still thought she needed more than that. A number of years ago, […]

  • Conner Ascherl of MOC Floyd Valley School in Orange City was elected 2016 Governor of Hawkeye Boys State, got some advice from Governor Branstad. ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    American Legion Boys State & Girls State Focus on Running For Office

    JOHNSTON, Iowa- A new Iowa Governor was elected at Camp Dodge this week. The Hawkeye American Legion Boys State elected Conner Ascherl as Governor, he is a student at MOC in Orange City. Each summer The American Legion, and Auxiliary sponsor the week-long camp to teach boys and girls about how state and local governments work. The Boys State group, including Ascherl, got a lesson in government/politics from Governor Terry Branstad. “I will not be surprised if one of this […]

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