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 2 grandchildren


Recent Articles
  • Rain Does Not Dampen RAGBRAI Enthusiasm

    SWALEDALE, Iowa — Rains opened up on RAGBRAI Wednesday as riders headed toward Charles City. As riders pulled into Swaledale, the fire station was opened for riders to get in out of the rain.  “Hiding out at the fire station,” said Bill Hauser, of Marion, “God Bless these Swaledale Firefighters, for letting us in their building.” “Just got caught in the last three miles coming in, just enough to get us completely drenched,” said Scott Christian of Cincinnati, Ohio as […]

  • RAGBRAI Riders Are All About Supporting Small Towns

    WESLEY, Iowa  —  Many RAGBRAI riders love coming to Iowa for the friends they see every year, but there’s also another reason they like the ride: they love meeting and supporting people in small-town Iowa. Several riders say a big part of the RAGBRAI experience is meeting and supporting projects in the towns they stop in. “This is Iowa, that’s why we’re here, to do the local stuff,” said John Barrow, a RAGBRAI Rider from Michigan. Several other riders echoed […]

  • RAGBRAI Day Two: Nice Weather and Few Hills on the Way to Algona

    MALLARD, Iowa-  It was a picture perfect day for RAGBRAI 2017. RAGBRAI riders on Monday posed for pictures with a giant and a giant religious monument, the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, along the 71 mile route.   Some riders started the day around 5:00 am to add an extra 30 miles to their ride to get in the 100 mile Century Loop through Plover. One rider, who will ride on Tuesday’s ride has literally seen it all. […]

  • RAGBRAI 2017 Day One: Great Weather, Few Hills

    PRIMGHAR, Iowa  —  RAGBRAI 2017 set out from Orange City on Sunday morning under clear blue skies with pleasant temperatures. “I’m from Cedar Rapids, this is my fourth RAGBRAI,” said Bob Schell. “Half the problem is getting here, you got to go to the end to get to the beginning.” RAGBRAI got a great sendoff from Dutch costume-clad residents of the northwest Iowa city. Also taking place on Sunday was a Mile of Silence, to remember those who have been […]

  • Iowa Company Was Organic Before Organic Was Cool

    NORWAY, Iowa — Norway, Iowa is known for it’s 20 state baseball championships and the Hollywood film about them. Now the town is gaining a reputation for something completely new: its largest employer, Frontier Co-op. “Frontier Co-op has been the leading producer of organic products for the last 40 years.  We’re recognized for our quality, our sourcing and our social responsibility,” said Anne Rierson, PR Manager for Frontier.  “We manufacture organic herb, spices and extract; and we also have a […]

  • Iowa’s Secret Shelter from the Heat: Maquoketa Caves State Park

    MAQUOKETA, Iowa  —  With extreme heat moving over the state, many people are looking for new ways to cool off. In eastern Iowa’s Jackson County, there is a cool place that was first discovered by settlers back in the 1830s; Maquoketa Caves was named one of the early Iowa State Parks back in 1921. The park averages around 300,000 visitors a year. Forty-five percent of those come from out-of-state and 55% visit from around Iowa. Jason Juron went to the […]

  • Niang Returns to Ames to Give Back

    AMES, Iowa  —  Former Cyclone standout Georges Niang returned to Ames to give back to the community. Even though Niang had just been put on waivers by his former team the Indiana Pacers, he was as optimistic as ever. “My goal is to get on with a team and really show what I can do at the next level,” he said. Niang said the biggest surprise of playing in the NBA was the size and length of players, and how fast […]

  • Central Iowa Blood Shortage Prompts Early Morning Blood Drive

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The LifeServe Blood Center in Des Moines is experiencing a summer slowdown and does not have an adequate supply of blood. The blood bank normally looks for a five or six day supply, but as of late, many types are down to just a couple of days’ worth. LifeServe partnered with WHO Radio on Friday with host Van Harden’s broadcast from Valley West Mall during the morning drive-time show Van and Bonnie. “People are busy, […]

  • Four Seasons Festival Turns 10 This Weekend in Polk City

    POLK CITY, Iowa  —  This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the Four Seasons Festival in Polk City. “We started it as a community get together thing to bring all the neighbors together, as a community pride thing,” said Four Seasons Festival Chair John Calhoun. The event kicked off at 3 p.m. on Friday and runs all day Saturday with a 5k and 8K run at 7 a.m., as well as a free pancake breakfast. The parade will be held […]

  • ISU Extension Agronomist Calls Crops Dry, Not in a Drought

    GRISWOLD, Iowa- For most people in Iowa we need to know if rain is coming so we can decide when to mow our lawn. How much rain people, or their neighbors get is often a topic of conversation. For Aaron Saeugling, it’s not just about the Iowa State University Armstrong Research Farm, where he works as an agronomist.   He also monitors crops for 14 counties in southwest Iowa. He drives from Osceola, all the way to Council Bluffs. “I […]

  • Fort Dodge Grain Silo Mural Could Be The Largest Art Piece in Iowa

    FORT DODGE, Iowa- The City of Fort Dodge has a plan to create what could be one of the biggest murals in Iowa. The City if looking for artists to create a mural all the way around the former Fort Dodge Grain Terminal, which stands 110 feet tall. The grain silo is now unused, but the City has obtained an art easement to do the mural project. The project is budgeted for $180,000. “The Grain Silo Mural Project was inspired […]

  • Ledges State Park Canyon Road Remains Closed

    BOONE, Iowa  —  Visitors to Ledges State Park near Boone still have to walk to get to the park’s scenic canyon. The road leading from the upper park to the canyon remains closed, after spring rains washed away a chunk of the roadway leading down to the canyon. It is not uncommon for the road to be closed due to flooding, but there has been no flooding in the canyon this year. Visitors can walk into the canyon by taking […]