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
  • Knowlton Now a Ghost Town, Remembered Southwest Iowa

    DIAGONAL, Iowa- The former town of Knowlton, in Ringgold County voted to unincorporate in 1926. The town is now, all but gone, but it is still remembered in nearby Diagonal. Arlene Sobotka is a part of the Diagonal Printing Museum, the volunteers running the museum work to gather items of historical interest around the area. Sobotka was so interested in Knowlton, she spent three years working to build a scale model of the town. She contacted people who worked and […]

  • Ames Main Street District Preparing for Small Business Saturday

    AMES, Iowa  —  Small Business Saturday has become a new tradition during the week of Thanksgiving over the past few years, and the Ames Main Street District will be ready for 2017. Most stores will be open all day on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. The area will offer free parking and Santa will be at the Depot from 10 a.m. to noon. “People have really taken ownership of it and really love to be able to support their local […]

  • Public-Private Partnership for New Industrial Park in Ames

    AMES, Iowa  —  The City of Ames will see a new industrial park soon open east of Interstate 35. Ames Economic Development Commission, along with developer Alliant Energy, will be opening Prairie View Industrial Park, which will be 730 acres of farm land east of I-35 and along the Union Pacific Railroad. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Ames and central Iowa,” said Dan Culhane, president of the AEDC. “The development of this site really brings Ames and Story County […]

  • Sullivan Award Given in Two Lifesaving Situations

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The Iowa Department of Public Safety recognized five men on Monday with the Sullivan Brothers Award of Valor. The five Sullivan Brothers from Waterloo all lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Navy. On Monday, four members of the Marion Fire Department were recognized by Governor Kim Reynolds for their efforts in rescuing a truck driver in a vehicle partially submerged in water. Firefighters Jeff Hoover, Peter Lammer, Jeremy Smith, and Zachary Bruce were recognized for […]

  • Marion County Festival of Trees Hosted at Historic Village

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa  —  This weekend, Knoxville will host its Festival of Trees inside the various buildings of the Marion County Historical Village at Marion County Park. The event will run Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. with live music both afternoons. There will be over 30 trees on display inside the Marion County Museum. “This village has a lot of old things in the community from Marion County,” said Bev Jones, who serves on the board of the Marion County […]

  • Original Ames Storefront Lands State Grant For Facelift

    AMES, Iowa- An Ames business has been awarded a challenge grant though the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Main Street Iowa. The building at 212 Main Street is the location of London Underground. The $75,000 grant was one of 14 presented to different Iowa communities on Wednesday. “Stabilizing, repairing, and improving the aesthetics of this building will ‘reset the clock’ of the aging façade,” said Jess Clyde, owner of 212 Main, in a news release. “The goal is to ensure it […]

  • Ankeny Community Foundation Launch Goal: $500,000

    ANKENY, Iowa- A formal launch was held Tuesday evening for the Ankeny Community Foundation. Back in 2012 a few community leaders came together with a philanthropic effort, working under the City of Ankeny. The Foundation has already assisted in the Ankeny Market Pavilion project, and the Ankeny Miracle Field. Now the group is open to the entire community. The new effort underway has a goal to raise $500,000 for projects in Ankeny. “We started the Ankeny Community Foundation in 2012, […]

  • ISU Enrollment Increase Supporting Ames Job Market

    AMES, Iowa  —  Over the past few years, the Ames economy has seen less state dollars coming to Iowa State University. However, the loss of that money has been offset by an increase in enrollment of 10,000 students. “137 million is my estimate as to how much we’ve lost in current dollars from drop-off in state appropriations,” said ISU economist Peter Orazem. “We’ve added $294 million in tuition from those additional students.” Orazem spoke before the Ames Chamber of Commerce […]

  • National Traffic Incident Response Week Highlights Teamwork

    ANKENY, Iowa  —  The Iowa Department of Transportation hosted a special open house on Monday as a part of the National Traffic Incident Response Week. The event gathered various first responders to motor vehicle crashes, including the Iowa State Patrol, DOT Enforcement, the DOT Traffic Management Center, Highway Helper, ambulance, fire departments, and wrecker services. “Whenever we have traffic incidents on the roadway, we want to make sure we respond to them and clear them as efficiently and as quickly […]

  • Iowa Veterans, Three Members of One Family Killed in Military Service Recognized in Perry

    PERRY, Iowa  —  A Veterans Day ceremony in Perry on Friday honored veterans, as well as a local family who paid a very dear price: losing three members in the line of duty. Clabe and Lenora Wilson lived on an acreage south of Perry. They had seven kids, and five of their sons served in the military. Of those five, three lost their lives. One of the sons was Dale R. Wilson, who was reported missing in action on November […]

  • Biggest Shopping Week of the Year in Hampton

    HAMPTON, Iowa- Christmas shopping season arrives early each year in this Franklin County Town. The Specialty Shops of Hampton have been banding together each year to promote the shops as a shopping destination. “It’s our biggest day of the year, the biggest week of the year is this week is what we’re doing right now for the Holiday Open House,” said Guyla Pohmlan, of the Wood Cellar Store, and coordinates the Hampton Specialty Shops. “This is going to be our […]

  • Ames High School Chemistry Teacher is 2018 Iowa Teacher of the Year

    AMES, Iowa- An Ames High School Chemistry Teacher has been named the Iowa 2018 Teacher of the Year by the Iowa Department of Education. Aileen Sullivan and the entire High School student body were called to a secret assembly for the announcement. Even Sullivan’s kids did not know the reason for the assembly. Governor Kim Reynolds said she was really excited about this year’s award winner, as she is involved in the STEM area of science, technology engineering and math. […]