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 1 grandchild.


Recent Articles
  • Hovercraft demonstration at Iowa State University's Howe Hall (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Boeing Engineers Judge Work of ISU Aerospace Students

    AMES, Iowa — Aerospace Engineering students at Iowa State University were involved in a competition of engineering schools. Teams made up of Iowa State and North Carolina A&T students competed alongside each other. The goal is to prepare students for real world jobs. Judges from the Boeing Corporation came to Ames to judge, inspire and encourage students who were designing aircraft. Part of the presentation included actually flying what they built. Though weather was a mixture of sun and pouring […]

  • 1918 Newspaper found stuffed inside an old chair. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    100-Year-Old Boone Newspaper Found in Antique Chair

    URBANDALE, Iowa — A Des Moines woman decided to refurbish an old chair given to her by her cousin. When Carol Wheeler began to remove the seat cover, she found something unexpected. “My cousin gave me a chair because I recently started refinishing furniture,” said Wheeler.  “She’d had this chair in her basement since she can remember … her whole life.” The chair was stuffed with a nearly complete Boone, Iowa newspaper. But probably the more exciting part was that […]

  • Randy & Jill King on the last day of operation of King's Christian Bookstore (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Kings Christian Bookstore in Boone Closing After Eight-Year Run

    BOONE, Iowa — Eight years ago, Randy and Jill King opened Kings Christian Bookstore as they felt God calling them to do so. Now, the couple is being led to close the store. Kings Christian Books has sold books and gifts to many, but it may be remembered best as a gathering spot. It was a place for piano lessons, recitals, firearm lessons, presidential candidates, whatever, the Kings always had the coffee on for whatever group needed a space to […]

  • The 2016 ISU PrISUm Car was unveiled at Central Campus at ISU. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    ISU Team to Build Street-Legal Solar Car

    AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Team PrISUm unveiled its 2016 version of its solar car. This one features a brand new energy efficient engine. But what they are planning for 2017 is even bigger: A four-person, street-legal solar vehicle. The 2017 vehicle is being built to compete in a competition held in Australia. The 2016 car costs over $300,000, and its new engine replaced an engine that had served various cards for about nine years. The car next […]

  • Univ. of Iowa seeking improvements to Carver Hawkeye Arena (WHO-HD photo)

    University of Iowa Seeks New Scoreboard for Carver Hawkeye Arena

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa- The University of Iowa is seeking approval from the Iowa Board of Regents to purchase a new video board system for Carver-Hawkeyes Arena. Currently, fans can watch one of four screens overhead. The proposal calls to spend up to $3.5 million on the boards. The University also plans to enter into a lease agreement for up to $5.5 million dollars for the installation of new equipment and control room to operate the new boards.  The new system […]

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    Soldier Surprises Mom and Daughter With Early Homecoming

    AMES, Iowa — Early one morning at work last week, Carie Hasselman was interrupted to help a “customer” in the back of the Hy-Vee store. When she walked around the corner, she realized the customer was her own daughter, Antonia Koenigsdorf, who had just come home early from a military deployment in Jordan for six months. “I didn’t anticipate seeing her, because she’d had difficulty. She knew she wouldn’t get leave for at least a week. What a surprise it […]

  • Kathy Dennis, (left) and Dawn Vetter are part of a group of people working to spruce up St. Charles. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    St. Charles Bands Together to Spruce Up the Community

    ST. CHARLES, Iowa — The St. Charles community is holding a citywide cleanup this weekend, which will also involve painting and sweeping the city clean. The town will come together Sunday to hold a community luncheon and an auction of gnomes. The theme for the day is “There’s No Place Like Gnome,” in St. Charles. The town has been trying to give some tender loving care to two older buildings along the town’s main street. The community is also working to replace […]

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    Hy-Vee Shopping Spree Benefits Ogden Alumni Boosters

    BOONE, Iowa — The Ogden Schools Alumni Booster Club held a raffle for a shopping spree to raise funds to purchase items for the school. Samantha Stephens of Ogden was the winner of the shopping spree. She along with her parents, Rick and Linda Elbert of Ogden, had two minutes to grab items off the shelf at the Boone Hy-Vee. The store donated $500 worth of groceries for the effort. In the two minutes, Stephens and her parents grabbed a […]

  • Polk County Supervisors establish a Minimum Wage Task Force at their Tuesday April 19th meeting (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Polk County Supervisors Create Minimum Wage Task Force

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Polk County Board of Supervisors has approved the creation of a Minimum Wage Task Force. The board voted 4-1 on Tuesday to create a 13-member task force to look at how to increase the wages of some Polk County residents. The group will also look how a minimum wage increase would affect small businesses and those who live on minimum wage. Stories were shared of people who were struggling to make a living on $7.25. […]

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    Tradition Lives on Under New Owners at Rathbun Country Music Theater

    MORAVIA, Iowa — The tradition of country music at Rathbun Country Music Theater will live on under new ownership. Billed as Iowa’s longest running country music venue, the theater near Moravia is now in its 43rd season. The house band’s front man Rick Zaputil calls the theater “Southern Iowa’s Grand Ole’ Opry.” Zaputil leads the Rathbun Ramblers, which backs up various guest artists. John Bain Sr. has purchased the RCMT while his son John Jr. is the new general manager. […]

  • Signs around Ames challenge residents to zero accidents next week. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames Drivers Challenged to Have Zero Crashes Next Week

    AMES, Iowa — Drivers in the City of Ames have a big challenge next week: Go the entire week without a crash. Bike,Walk, Drive Smart is the subject of a new campaign launched by the Ames Police Department, in conjunction with the Iowa State University Police Department. For this campaign, they use the hashtag: #MakeItNone. “Bike,Walk, Drive Smart” is the subject of a new campaign launched by the Ames Police Department in conjunction with the Iowa State University Police Department, […]

  • Communication manager Michael Morain, and Kay Coats, Collection Coordinator of the Dept. of Cultural Affairs look over a Spanish American War Flag. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Priorities Differ On Iowa Battle Flag Preservation

    DES MOINES, Iowa- For years the Iowa State Capitol has housed old battle flags left from Iowa troops serving prior to World War 1. 380 of the flags are in the collection, all have been removed from the Capitol in 2008, and have been stabilized to prevent further deterioration. “They were displayed at the Capitol, and they were slowly turning to dust,” said Michael Morain, Communications Manager at the State Historical Museum. “Those flags were moved here to the Historical […]

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