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
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    HAMBURG, Iowa- On August 21 of this summer there will be a total eclipse coming across the central part of the United States. The eclipse will be less than total across parts of Iowa. But in far southwest Iowa the eclipse will be total in a very small slice of Iowa, along the Missouri River near Hamburg. In some states like Nebraska, and Missouri they are preparing to welcome lots of visitors who want to experience a total eclipse. That’s […]

  • 99 Year Old Veteran Wants People to Know More About WWII

    JOHNSTON , Iowa- This summer Richard Peterson of Johnston will celebrate his 100th birthday. The Iowa native is also a World War II Veteran. Peterson served HQ 12th US Army Group WWII as an assistant to General Omar Bradley. He was not on the ground as an infantry man. “Omar Bradley, who was my boss during the war he was the soldiers officer from the get go,” said Peterson. “I was in that small portion there where you had a […]

  • Cabin Owner Honors Military With Art and Lodging

    CHARITON, Iowa  —  Business owner Nick Cattell runs Country Cabins Motel southeast of Chariton. This year he was adding some new cabins to his lodging, and decided to do one in the theme of military service. Not only is it just nice decor, but Cattell offers a free night’s stay in the cabin to people who have served their country in the military. “We’ve been talking about doing a military veterans cabin for years. We always give a 10% discount […]

  • Fort Dodge Holds Workshop on Future of Warden Plaza

    FORT DODGE, Iowa- The Fort Dodge City Council called for a workshop Monday afternoon with a Missouri developer on the future of the Warden Plaza Hotel. Last fall the City opened the doors to the long abandoned hotel to public tours. At that time the city was putting out an idea to convert the property to a fitness and residential center. Now a Columbia Missouri company has put together a plan to possible build a new structure which would be […]

  • Cleanup in Marshalltown After Damage to Iowa Veterans Home

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- Storms Wednesday caused some major damage to the Iowa Veterans Home here. The entire roof on the Sheeler Building was peeled off, and is being called a total loss. The campus also had damage to a couple of other buildings. Our residents are fine we had no resident or staff injuries,” said Susan Wilkinson, Interim Commandant at the Iowa Veterans Home. “We train for this type of scenario,staff responded as we expected them to, and focused on resident […]

  • Red Cross Helping Those Affected by Perry Storm Damage

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  • Harlan Survives Tornado Warning as Storms Roll Across Iowa

    HARLAN, Iowa- Early evening here the Shelby County town of Harlan was under a tornado warning.  A shelf cloud with  a dark black center approached the town. Winds blew some trees down and knocked the power out in town. “I just looked out at the pool area and saw there was a pretty bad storm coming, ‘said Settle Inn Manager Dawn Williams. “I heard the sirens and started knocking on everyones’ doors got everybody out here. Guests had to wait […]

  • City of Ames Studying How to Improve Campustown Parking

    AMES, Iowa  —  The City of Ames is looking at what can be done to improve parking in different areas of town. On Tuesday, city officials are hosting a workshop to discuss Campustown parking. “We have retail, we have people living in the spaces, I guess as the buildings have gone up and development has occurred we are definitely experiencing higher occupancy,” said Karin Chitty, Director of the Campustown Action Association. Over the past 10 years, a number of high-rise […]

  • City of Ames Highlights Bike to Work Week

    AMES, Iowa  —  It’s National Bike to Work Week, and the City of Ames has planned observances all week. On Monday, a breakfast was held in front of City Hall for bikers on their way to work. “So really just an opportunity to highlight bicycling as a method of transportation or as a form of recreation,” said Steve Libby of the Ames Bicycle Coalition. Libby said while Ames is a bicycle-friendly community, the city is still looking for more ways […]

  • Marshalltown Welcomes A New Power Plant

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  • Titonka Welcomes Home Pearl Harbor Hero 75 Years Later

    TITONKA, Iowa  —  A funeral service was held on Friday for William “Willie” Kennedy, who was a 24-year-old Fireman First Class aboard the Battleship Oklahoma when it was hit and capsized during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Kennedy’s remains were never identified, until the Navy began using DNA technology. A match was then found in Kennedy’s relatives. The United Methodist Church was packed with some of Kennedy’s relatives, students, and community members for Friday’s service. “We thank God for […]

  • Congressman Rod Blum Concludes Town Hall Meetings in Marshalltown

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- First District Congressman Rod Blum of Dubuque came to the Marshalltown Community College. An estimated 150 people or so came early to gain admittance. ID’s were checked so only First Congressional District Residents were admitted. Some came armed with red and green sheets to give out. That is so that when the conversation was happening people could show red for disagree, and green if the agreed with the speaker. “You may not like President Trump. probably don’t. most […]