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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 2 grandchildren


Recent Articles
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  • Regents Pass Along Tuition Increase for Fall Semester

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  • Jefferson Ringing in Bell Tower Fest With New Attractions

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  • Iowa State University Marks 100 Years Since State Parks Founded By Law

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  • RAGBRAI 2017 Pre-Ride Rolling Across Iowa

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  • National Guard Landing At Ames School On Last Day of Class

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  • Iowa State University Unveils a Solar Powered Passenger Car

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  • Ames ArtWalk Features 80 Artists at 2017 Event

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  • Congressman Loebsack Tours Newton Middle School Project

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  • Altoona Legislative Forum With Grassley, Ernst, and Young

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  • Fort Madison Remembers Soldiers Who Fought in War of 1812 in Iowa

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  • Iowa State University Recognizes Former Student Who Served in WWII

    JOHNSTON, Iowa  —  Iowa State University has presented a certificate of attendance to a former student who attended the school in the 1930s, but never got a degree. Richard Peterson, 99, served in World War II, where he used the engineering skills he learned at Iowa State. A while back he decided he wanted to see his old school, so he drove to campus and ended up in the Dean of Engineering’s office. “I was sitting working in my office […]