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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
  • Dawson Fire Chief Bill Kempf at the Fire Station in Dawson (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Dawson Fire Department Reorganizing with Perry Fire Department

    DAWSON, Iowa — First went the jobs then the schools. Now, small Iowa towns are finding it harder to keep their fire departments staffed and operational. That’s the situation in Dawson. Town leaders hope they’ve found a solution. “It’s something, it’s about like any other reorganization the people aren’t real happy with it,” said Dawson Fire Chief Bill Kempf. “But most of the time it’s something that needs to be done.” On July 1, the Dawson Fire Department will officially […]

  • Wagon Wheel Bridge damaged by ice jams last winter. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Boone County To Remove Damaged Bridge from the Des Moines River

    OGDEN, Iowa- The Wagon Wheel Bridge will be partially removed from across the Des Moines River between Ogden, and Boone. According to Boone County Engineer, Scott Kruse, crews will be working on the river next week, so remove two sections of the bridge. Last winter an ice jam caused the bridge to collapse. Boone County will be paying Hulcher Services $11,000 a day to remove the sections from the water, so it can be opened up for boating and tubing. […]

  • The Ames Animal Shelter has had 44 calls this year of animals left in cars ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Animal Control Says to Leave Pets at Home When it’s 60+ Degrees Outside

    AMES, Iowa — The Ames Animal Shelter has been called to investigate 44 animals left in cars this year. Experts say that warm weather, especially this week’s 90-degree forecast, is very hazardous for pets. Ron Edwards, Ames animal control supervisor, said no pet owner ever wants to harm their pet. Most people plan to be in the store for “just five minutes, and it’s never just five minutes. People always think of something else,” said Edwards. Edwards advises that if the […]

  • A jam session broke out Friday moring at the Hampton Bluegrass Festival. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    New Life for Iowa Bluegrass Festival at the Franklin County Fairgrounds

    HAMPTON, Iowa — For years, a bluegrass music festival was held in Allison, Iowa, until the promoter was no longer able to do the event. Now, after a brief revival in Mason City, the Hampton Bluegrass Festival is in year two at the Franklin County Fairgrounds. The festival began Thursday with a Gospel night. The music goes on Friday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. with instrument workshops in the afternoon. The final day is made up of more workshops […]

  • Cole Staudt, of the Iowa State Student Government speaks to the Board of Regents (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Students Address Proposed Tuition Hike at Board of Regents Meeting

    AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Board of Regents met with student leaders Thursday to discuss a proposed tuition increase. The increase was announced last week after it was determined the Iowa Legislature would increase state support for higher education by only $6 million. The University Presidents and Regent officials had determined that due to the cost of maintaining a high-quality education, a $20 million increase was needed. Governor Branstad asked for a $8.9 million increase in his budget. State Board […]

  • Iowa State University Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Warren Madden is recognized for his retirement by the Iowa Board of Regents ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Board of Regents Bid Farewell to Two Prominent Employees

    AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Board of Regents Thursday bid goodbye to two prominent employees. One is Dr. Warren Madden, who has been Vice President of Business and Finance for the school since 1984. He has served the school for a total of 50 years. Madden served seven Iowa State University presidents and helped to establish Cy-Ride, the Iowa State Center, and Reiman Gardens. Another accomplishment was a Guinness Book of World Record for largest Rice Krispie Bar in 2001. […]

  • Brownells Retail Store in Grinnell. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Brownells Opens First-Ever Retail Store

    GRINNELL, Iowa — Brownells, a company selling guns, gun parts and accessories will be holding a ribbon cutting Saturday at their first-ever retail store. The company was founded by the Brownell family in Montezuma Iowa. The company was founded by the Brownell family in Montezuma, Iowa. “Bob Brownell founded the company in 1939 because he was a part-time gunsmith and needed parts, tools, and supplies,” said Ryan Repp, Communications Manager for Brownells. “Bob had a 100 percent lifetime guarantee on […]

  • Mahanay Memorial Bell Tower in Jefferson celebrates 50th anniversary. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Jefferson Bell Tower Marks 50th Anniversary this Weekend

    JEFFERSON, Iowa — The Mahanay Memorial Bell Tower in Jefferson will mark its 50th Anniversary this weekend at the annual Jefferson Bell Tower Festival. In 1966, the tower was constructed with a $350,000 gift left after Floyd and Dora Mahanay of Jefferson passed away. The tower welcomes visitors 14 stories up with a view 20-25 miles across the flat Greene County farmland. “The elevator will take you up 128 feet and you can see a beautiful view,” said Pat Richards, […]

  • RAGBRAI Inspection team riding east of Essex. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    RAGBRAI 2016 Inspection Ride Underway Across Iowa

    SHENANDOAH, Iowa — Some 25 or so riders are on a long ride this week to inspect the RAGBRAI 2016 route. The group left Glenwood on Sunday and spent the first night in a hotel in downtown Shenandoah. The riders will go around 420 miles on the route, which is the third shortest in RAGBRAI history. They are looking not just at the roads, but also holding meetings with the community committees hosting the overnight stays and other towns. The […]

  • Tina Coffelt, ISU Assistant Professor in English and Communication Studies (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    ISU Study Finds Oral Communication as Top Skill Sought by Employers

    AMES, Iowa — A new study by Iowa State University has found the number one skill sought by employers of new college grads is verbal communication. “We’ve been interested in workplace communication skills, and what that means to employers,” said Tina Coffelt, Assistant Professor in English and Communications studies at Iowa State University. “I think people in higher education have an understanding, employers have an understanding, and I’m really interested to find out if we mean the same thing.” When […]

  • The former Vincent Elementary School will be demolished with help from an Iowa DNR grant. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Small Towns Across Iowa Receiving Help to Remove Old Buildings

    VINCENT, Iowa — The Town of Vincent is using an Iowa Department of Natural Resources grant to help remove an old building in town. Vincent is planning to remove the building, in order to make room for new homes to be built. The town is planning to remove an old elementary school, which closed in 1981. The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program is targeting Iowa communities of 5,000 people or under. The towns can remove or renovate the old buildings. […]

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    Fort Dodge Frontier Days Celebration Continues Amid Sadness

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — This weekend the 42nd Annual Frontier Days Celebration and parade will take place, amid some sadness among those who plan the event. On March 16, a car accident in Missouri claimed the lives of Ken Friday and Chon Rushton. “They were in a serious car accident on the way down to a trade show in St. Louis.” said Kurt Lowe, who is on the Frontier Days Committee. “They were hit head-on by a guy who crossed the […]

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