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


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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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    Iowans Get Outside to Enjoy Rare Warm November Day

    DES MOINES, Iowa — With temperatures spiking to the 70’s people came out in droves to Gray’s Lake Park Thursday. Donnie Studer of West Des Moines is celebrating her birthday. “I’m walking, that’s what I like to do, then, later on, I get to meet my grandson for dinner,” said Studer. “My day has been perfect, I even got to sit in my favorite Corvette of all time.” Some got out motorcycles. “I saw it was 62 degrees and I […]

  • Charlean Lamar of Des Moines with a turkey she was given Wednesday monring. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Thanksgiving Preparations Kick Off With Turkey Distribution

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Thanksgiving is almost a week away, so it was turkey giveaway day at the Bidwell Riverside Center in Des Moines Wednesday. A long line went out around the building from people waiting for almost 300 frozen turkeys to be given away. The food was paid for by the Polk County Board of Supervisors. “Actually it’s going relatively smoothly today,” said Missy Reams, of the Bidwell Riverside Center. “Last year it was sleeting rain, people stood outside […]

  • Algona Back the Blue T-shirts marking the event Tuesday in Algona (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Algona Rallies to ‘Back the Blue’

    ALGONA, Iowa — Just a week since two Des Moines area officers were buried after being shot in the line of duty, this northern Iowa town wants to say “thank you” to its local law enforcement. Bob Ketchum of KLGA Radio came up with the idea to do a community-wide celebration called “Back the Blue,” after the funerals last week. “Highway Patrolman Tracy Teague from Algona was at the funeral in Rockwell City just last week when I called him, […]

  • Highway Helper on I-35 in Ankeny. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Highway Helper Assists Motorists to Keep Traffic Flowing

    ANKENY, Iowa — Marking National Transportation Incident Management Week, the Iowa Department of Transportation is taking the occasion to make people aware of its service called Highway Helper. “Highway Helper is a free service provided by the Iowa Department of the Transportation to assist motorists that either breakdown or are stranded,” said Ned Lewis, Highway Helper Operations Director. “We also provide traffic control during accidents to assist law enforcement.” The Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Department houses three of the Highway […]

  • Ames Festival of Trees opens Friday along with "Snow Magic" in downtown Ames (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames Kicks Off Christmas Season with ‘Snow Magic’

      AMES, Iowa- The City will kick off Christmas season here with a celebration called Sno Magic. The Mayor Ann, Campbell will light not only the downtown Christmas tree, but also new lights installed on top of downtown Ames buildings last summer. Downtown stores will be decked out for the season from 5-8 pm. Also the Octagon Center for the Arts will have “Festival of Trees” open on the third floor. Main Street Director Cindy Hicks said the Ames celebration […]

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    ‘Not My President Rally’ at Iowa State University: Not All Students Agree

    AMES, Iowa- Students at Iowa State University gathered on campus Friday for a rally to protest the election of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States. The students expressed anger and fear during the noon hour rally. Many held signs like, “No Hate at Iowa State,” and “Protect Trans Students.” “We want to bring people together and start a movement or organization collation against bigotry and intolerance that is overtaking our country right now,” said Kaleb Van […]

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    Looking for Solutions to Roads Damaged By Winter Salt

    Ames, Iowa- At the Institute For Transportation at Iowa State they’ve been working on a salty problem. Roads which were expected to last a long time, were falling apart. “About 10 years ago we started observed that the saw cuts in the joints in concrete payments were falling apart, a lot faster than we would like,” said Dr. Peter Taylor, who is Director of the National Pavement Technology Center, part of the Institute for Transportation at Iowa State University. “Predominantly […]

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    Iowa National Guard Training with Unmanned Aircraft at Boone Airport

    BOONE, Iowa — For the past month, people around the Boone Airport have may have noticed a strange-looking aircraft. The Iowa National Guard has a new unmanned aircraft which they are using to train for troops in combat situations. The drone is used to scout where enemy troops may be heading. It’s called the RQ-7B Shadow Aircraft. It is flown from inside the control room on an army vehicle. Pilots use a keyboard and a mouse to send the drone […]