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
  • A Union Pacific pair of locomotives worked with local law enforcement in Marshalltown Monday ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Union Pacific Railroad Helps Local Law Enforcement Promote Crossing Safety

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- The Union Pacific Railroad held a law enforcement event on the tracks through the City of Marshalltown Monday. Railroad police, along with members of the Marshalltown Police, and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, and the Marshall County Attorney were on board a locomotive traveling past crossings in town. As violations were spotted, some officers were located nearby the crossings to issue tickets if need be. “It’s just to educate people a little bit make sure they’re all obeying […]

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    ISU Students Learn How to Lead Without Using Words

    AMES, Iowa- This time of year many are heading to Christmas concerts at schools or community centers. For those who are leading such programs, there is training for future conductors at Iowa State University’s School of Music. Jacob Harrison has a doctorate in music, he’s studied at the University of Texas, and Arizona State. He leads freshmen and sophomore students in conducting class. “For most of their musical life they’ve been told do it like this, softer, loud, sharp, or […]

  • South Duff Avenue in Ames could get a new stoplight here. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames South Duff Proposed Road Project Causing Concern

    AMES, Iowa- The City Council has been weighing what to do about South Duff Avenue. The council was approached by a developer to put a new commercial project on Duff on the site of the former Happy Joe’s Pizza. The project is also directly across from the Duff Ave. entrance to Wal-Mart. This adding of traffic has raised the need for an additional stop light at that spot.  A number of new businesses have opened on South Duff over the […]

  • Customers lined up in the cold prior to the opening of the new Aldi store in Ames (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames Aldi Relocates to Duff Avenue

    AMES, Iowa- Aldi opened a new store on south Duff in Ames. The new, larger building replaces the former store near Movies 12 in south Ames. The entrance to the store is off South 5th. A long line of customers formed outside prior to the store opening. The first 100 customers would receive gift certificates from Aldi. “The old store we opened up just 20 years ago,” said Mat Lilla. “The customers had grown so fond of the store, our […]

  • Mitch Aden of NEW Coop demonstrates an auto-steer system to install on older tractors. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Fort Dodge Farm Show Has Retro High Technology For Older Tractors

    FORT DODGE, Iowa- The 15th annual Farm News- Ag Show is underway at Iowa Central Community College. The two-day show features over 70 exhibitors inside at the East Campus of Iowa Central at 2031 Quail Avenue on the east edge of town. One system being exhibited helps old tractors, drive like new. The Top Con auto steering system can be installed on an older model tractor, to allow it to drive on it’s own based on GPS navigation. “You can […]

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    Steel Bridge Travels Roads to New Madison County Home

    WINTERSET, Iowa- Highway 92 had traffic jammed up for a while on Tuesday morning. The cause was a giant 120 foot. long, 30 foot high steel bridge being transported on the road. The bridge traveled from east of Patterson, IA,  to just northeast of Winterset. The Jorgensen Bridge was bought for one dollar, but the cost to move the structure to it’s new home, a half a million dollars. Grants from FEMA and the Iowa DOT covered the cost. The […]

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    Marshalltown Church Discovers Secret Hidden within Walls

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- A remodeling project at the First Congregational Church has some people amazed some high technology from over 100 years ago, When carpenters removed walls in the Youth Room, which is the highest room in the building they found something they did not expect. The church building had not one, but two giant doors hidden inside walls, which were raised or lowered to accommodate various events at the church. The doors are mounted on huge steel beams with pullies […]

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    Looking Forward to Thanksgiving While On The Road In Iowa

    ANKENY, Iowa- Thanksgiving travelers Wednesday reported a little slow travel due to rain and some snow in Minnesota. But otherwise travel has been smooth in the state of Iowa. “Minnesota at first was a little bit iffy,slow going but not stopping a little bit slick,” said Jo Gwost of Minnesota. “It was snowing we left about a 5:45 this morning but it got better as we came south.” DeWayne Townsend and his wife are headed from Minneapolis to Lawrence Kansas, […]

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    University of Iowa Student Veterans Marching Thanksgiving Week

    DE SOTO, Iowa — A group of University of Iowa Military Veteran Students are on a Ruck March this week. They are pairing with Military Veterans at the University of Nebraska to carry the Husker-Hawkeye game ball from Lincoln to Iowa City. The two friendly rivals are working together for a serious cause to raise awareness of veteran suicide. The groups say around 22 veterans commit suicide each day in this country. The Ruck Marchers are asking people to be aware […]

  • Christmas in Pella (Roger Riley WHO-HD 2012 photo)

    Christmas Season Kicks Off in Pella

    PELLA, Iowa — Christmas season kicked off in Pella Monday with the event called De Kerstdagen, or tour of stores. But first they had to put the Christmas tree up, again. Pella Chamber of Commerce Director Karen Eischen said that was on her list of things to do Monday, after winds from a few days back knocked the Christmas Tree over. Several youth and high school choirs sang Christmas songs in the brisk evening air before county down the lighting […]

  • Jayne Armstrong (L) of the Small Business Admin. and Cindy Hicks (R) of Ames Mainstreet Tour small businesses Monday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames Tour Encourages Awareness of Small Business Saturday

    AMES, Iowa — As we head into Thanksgiving, Ames Main Street is working to make people aware of the upcoming Small Business Saturday. The event was created by American Express in 2010 to give voice to smaller shops on the heels of Black Friday. Ames Main Street Executive Director Cindy Hicks hosted a tour of downtown shops along with Jayne Armstrong of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Des Moines. The two stopped in a number of Ames Main Street […]

  • Fishing for Rainbow Trout in Ames (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Urban Trout Stocking Comes To Ada Hayden Lake in Ames

    AMES, Iowa- Cold weather did not stop dozens of fishermen in search of a Rainbow Trout catch. The Iowa DNR Friday stocked the Ada Hayen Lake north of Ames with 2400 Rainbow Trout. Within a few minutes fish were being caught after a big DNR fish tank truck deposited the fish into the water. “Today it was about 2400 fish, it gets that twice a year. Once in November,” said Andy Otting of the Iowa DNR. Then we’ll be back […]