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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, 1 son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren.


Recent Articles
  • Collins Library Closed Due to Flood Damage

    COLLINS, Iowa- A deluge of rain came down in Collins on June 14th. The town received 4.5 inches. Soon it was discovered rain had leaked into the Collins Library through the ceiling. There was damage to the floors, and book cases. The Library is now closed for an unknown stretch of time. “The Friends Committee just came in, and put all hands on deck and we moved everything we had to move shelves to take them down thankfully none of […]

  • Adel Auto Dealer Keeping An Eye on The North Raccoon River

    ADEL, Iowa- When Ron Plagmann came to Adel twelve years ago, he knew his car dealership, called The Car Store, was close to theNorth Raccoon river. Several times since then, he’s learned what that means. It’s taught him to pay attention to broadcast and internet weather reports. This week the river has been rising again. “In twelve years we’ve had probably three, I remember for sure ’08 was probably one of the worst, it was not a good one, it […]

  • Iowa DNR Working With EPA to Improve Hog Monitoring, Iowa CCI Says ‘Not Enough’

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission took public comment for almost two hours on Tuesday morning over concerns with water quality in Iowa. “I stand here today to ask the EPC to do what it says in your name, what you that are supposed to do, protect our environment,” said Pat Bowen of Iowa City. “Please use your power to make sure we have compliance with the Clean Water Act.” Speakers spent the morning also calling for […]

  • Plein Air Painting Festival Kicks Off Art Week in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  This week is Art Week in Des Moines, with events leading to the Des Moines Art Festival in downtown Des Moines. The Des Moines Social Club got things started over the weekend with a 48-hour outdoor painting festival. “The 48-hour Plein Air Painting Festival is basically a weekend of outdoor painting,” said Katie Ortman of the Des Moines Social Club. “So artists show up here at the gallery on Friday, sign up for a location, and […]

  • Fish Hatchery Named in Honor of Retired DNR Director

    DECORAH, Iowa  —  The Iowa Natural Resources Commission voted in May to change the name of the Decorah Fish Hatchery to the Chuck Gipp Decorah Fish Hatchery. Gipp retired in May after six years as Director of the Iowa DNR and around a decade of working at the state agency. Prior to serving at the DNR, Gipp was elected to the Iowa House, where he served as majority leader. Prior to that, he was a dairy farmer in northeast Iowa. […]

  • Natural Resources Commission Tours Iowa’s Only Original Fort

    FORT ATKINSON, Iowa- The Fort Atkinson State Preserve got a visit from the members of the Iowa Natural Resources Commission, as well as a number of staff members from the Department of Natural Resources. The Commission often visits DNR- run facilities while heading to a monthly meeting. In June the Commission meets at Luther College in nearby Decorah. The Fort was built in 1840 six years before Iowa became a state. “This is the only Fort remaining in Iowa that […]

  • Adams County Emergency Manager Working to Keep Residents Safe

    CORNING, Iowa  —  When the storms rolled into Adams County on Monday night, Donnie Willet was not surprised. For 12 years, Willet has served as the Adams County Emergency Management Coordinator. He’s also served on the Corning Fire Department for 50 years. Willet has seen a few storms and his fair share of fires. “For emergency management-wise, I watch the radar basically 24 hours a day,” he said. “I’ve got it at home and I’ve got it here, I just […]

  • City of Greene Keeps the Shell Rock River Mostly at Bay After Weekend Rains

    GREENE, Iowa  —  The Shell Rock River was rising over the weekend, and the people of Greene in Butler County were not sure how high the waters were going to rise. The town has reason to be nervous. In 2008 and 2016, Greene saw flood waters surge from the banks to the community downtown, which is located close to the river. This time, though, the town was mostly spared. Not only did sandbags go up, the town also put up […]

  • World Pork Expo in 30th Year- Still Feeding the Masses

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The World Pork Expo is marking it’s 30th year, welcoming thousands to the Iowa State Fairgrounds. “As we mark 30 years of Expo, it’s exciting to see how the event has evolved and grown,” says Jim Heimerl, NPPC president and producer from Johnstown, Ohio, in a news release. “It not only reflects the vibrancy of the U.S. pork industry, but also the connectedness of the global marketplace. For anyone involved in pork production, Expo is a wonderful […]

  • Jack Trice Stadium Will Welcome RAGBRAI Riders to Ames in July

    AMES, Iowa  —  While the chant “Cyclone Power” is heard often around Hilton Coliseum or Jack Trice Stadium, RAGBRAI will have its own version when the throng of riders comes into Ames on July 24th. The event will be called “Cycling Power,” as riders will get a big welcome into Jack Trice Stadium, riding a lap around the outside of the field. “It’s gonna be one of the signature days in RAGBRAI History,” said T.J. Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI Director. “When riders […]

  • Knoxville Celebrates Last Day of School With Helmets and Hot Dogs

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa  —  The last day of school in Knoxville held one last lesson for students heading off to celebrate summer. The Knoxville Police, along with a group of local sponsors, held “Hot Dogs and Helmets,” which was a chance for volunteers and officers to talk about bike safety with kids, as well as give helmets to kids in need. “It’s all about starting a summer out right. Maximum safety with the kids today, last day of school, to start […]

  • Southern Iowa Residents Cope Without Drinking Water

    CRESTON, Iowa-This weekend residents in seven southern Iowa counties have been altering their normal routines, due to a lack of drinkable water. On Friday Southern Iowa Rural Water Association announced that it’s customers in Adams, Clarke, Decatur, Madison, Ringgold, Taylor, and Union Counties would need to boil water, before drinking. On Saturday SIRWA reported the water plant was functioning properly, however the purification system was still down. The organization hopes to have an idea when it my resume service again, […]