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
  • Mormon Trail Exhibit at the Prairie Trails Museum In Corydon (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years- Includes Mormon Trail Across Iowa

    CORYDON, Iowa- August 25th is the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. In Iowa there are two National Monuments under the National Park Service, Effigy Mounds, and the Herbert Hoover Birthplace are ones many Iowans have visited. But there are two lesser known National Park Service attractions, the Lewis and Clark Trail up the Missouri River, and the Mormon Trail. One of the biggest Mormon Trail Exhibits on the trail is located at the Prairie Trails Museum in Corydon. […]

  • The Farm Progress Show offered a sneak peak to the venue, which opens August 30th. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Farm Progress Show Exhibitors Sold Out in Down Farm Economy

    BOONE, Iowa — Even with a tight farm economy, The Farm Progress Show near Boone is sold out as far as exhibitors wanting to be there. “We have a sold out show field, we actually had to add a tent,” said Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress Show Manager. “It is as big, or bigger than 2014, which we didn’t expect. I think speaks of the resilience of the ag industry.” The show typically draws around 160,000 people during a three-day run. […]

  • Iowa State's Marston Hall is open after a 2 year renovation. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    ISU’s Marston Hall Renovated

    AMES, Iowa — After being closed for two years, Iowa State University’s Marston Hall has reopened as basically a new building inside it’s historic outer shell. Marston was gutted and given a $27.1 million renovation. The goal was to be able to have larger classrooms and also space for students to park between class to study. The building already had a number of smaller classrooms. Anston Marston was the First Dean of the College of Engineering at Iowa State. He […]

  • Safe Ride ISU Ap will help students, faculty and staff get around safely on campus from 6pm -6am. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Uber-like App Helps Get ISU Students Home Safe

    AMES, Iowa — A new Uber-like ap is helping ISU students and others on campus get around in a safe manner. “Very similar to Uber, but in the end you don’t pay,” said Anthony Greiner, who is the Community Outreach Specialist for the ISU Police Department. The Safe Ride app service is offered between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. from points on campus, university-owned housing, Greek parking lots and the basketball practice facility. The app can be used by students, […]

  • Iowa State Students between classes on Osborn Drive (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    A New Year at Iowa State University Means Even More Enrollment

    AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University began classes for the 2016-17 school year on Monday with expectations of setting new enrollment records. The school has issued a preliminary projection of 36,500 students, up 500 over last year’s record enrollment. The school has hired 70 new tenure-track faculty. More than 12,000 students are living in university housing, but the school says no students are in temporary housing. In January, Iowa State will open Buchanan Hall II which will add 784 more […]

  • Panelists at Veterans Conference at Iowa State Univeristy

    Iowa State Conference Seeks Vets for Agriculture or Business

    AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Monday hosted an effort to get military veterans into agriculture and business. The conference called Veterans in Agriculture and Entrepreneurship is designed to help veterans transition from the military. Senator Joni Ernst gave the keynote speech and said that over 40 percent of those in the military come from rural areas. “It only makes sense to steer them toward agriculture,” said Ernst. The event was also a trade fair with opportunities to work with […]

  • Fire caused smoke inside JC Penny in Ames Sunday morning. ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Fire at J.C. Penny’s in Ames Causes Minor Smoke Damage

    AMES, Iowa — A fire Sunday morning around 8:30 a.m. caused minor smoke damage to a J.C. Penny Store at North Grand Mall.  Firefighters said smoke was coming from a roof top vent. Firefighters said smoke was coming from a rooftop vent. They located an air conditioning unit which was malfunctioning. Fans were used to blow smoke from the building. A J.C. Penny Store Official said the store would be open for business on Sunday.

  • Andrea Williams is the new Husband Calling Champion at the Iowa State Fair. (Roger Riley WHO-HD) (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa State Fair- New Husband Calling Champ-Mutton Bustin’ Iowa Company

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa State Fair Husband Calling contest was won by Andrea Williams of Oelwein. She beat out a number of very talented, and vocal husband callers. Not all of the women even had a husband, but all are welcome to compete. “The story I’ve been with Billy for 17 1/2 years,” said Williams. “I’ve called him a lot of things so when I come to the fair and do the husband calling contest, I practice many a […]

  • Chad Sutter of Polk City is the new Iowa State Fair Yodeling Champ. (RogerRiley WHO-HD)

    Iowa State Fair Yodeling Champ Practiced While Driving Truck

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Fair yodeling contest was won by a first-time entrant Thursday in Heritage Hall. Chad Sutter of Polk City has been yodeling about five years. He was inspired by attending the yodeling contests at the Iowa State Fair. “I learned to yodel just watching YouTube videos and then just sing-along,” said Sutter. “Being able to play the guitar really helps, a lot is to just to be able to hear the tune and stay […]

  • Jan Mickelson returns to the microphone at WHO Radio Thursday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Jan Mickelson is Back on Air at WHO Radio

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Longtime WHO Radio talk show host Jan Mickelson returned to the microphone Thursday at the WHO Radio iHeart Studio at the Iowa State Fair. Mickelson suffered a stroke last November and guest hosts have been filling in. Mickelson announced that he will return to his show on a limited basis, from 11-11:30 a.m. each day. Mickelson spent several months in China going through herbal and acupuncture therapy. He said the doctor there told him they used […]

  • Michael Christiansen, of KIOA Radio throws the winning Cow Chip at the Iowa State Fair (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    State Fair Winning Cowchip Throw Traveled 84 Feet and 9 Inches

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Wednesday is Older Iowan’s Day at the Iowa State Fair. Many older Iowans and those of all ages were on Heritage Hill today for the annual Cow Chip Throwing Contest. The Media Division contest this year went to Michael Christiansen, Promotions Director at KIOA Radio. He had a toss of 84 feet and nine inches. Some thought he may have scratched going over the white line when he released the chip. A video replay showed the 2016 […]

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    Iowa State Fair Visit to Dairy Cow Milking-Outhouse Races

    DES MOINES, Iowa- A visit to the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday, one could take in horses, dairy cow milking, the Photo Salon, and Outhouse Races. These events plus a few other stops on Tuesday.


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