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
  • Two Four Wheelers stuck in the Red River were assisted out by some unknown Iowans (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Oklahoma Four-Wheelers Get Help From Iowa Travelers

    A trio of Oklahoma adventurers found themselves up a creek, literally, but were rescued by some Iowans. Now Oklahoma wants to find them, to say “thanks.” Ali Davis, her boyfriend and brother were running their four wheelers in the Red River near Waurika, Oklahoma. They got one of the four-wheelers stuck and used the other one to try to pull it out but it also became stuck. After a number of attempts to get out of the mud, they had […]

  • Union County Auditor Sandy Hysell sorts absentee ballot requests in Creston Thursday (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa County Auditors Seeking Election-Day Poll Workers

    CRESTON, Iowa- The election is just about a month away, and some Iowa counties are still looking for poll workers. In Union County, Auditor Sandy Hysell has 8 precincts, with 35 workers. This year she is 4 short. “This year’s been a struggle we usually have just enough to get by,” said Hysell. “But this year we had some people who were unable to do it so we have put an ad in the paper and on the radio ask […]

  • Pink Gas Handles mark the E-15 Pink at the Pump Promotion across Iowa in October. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Pink at the Pump During October

    NEVADA, Iowa — Starting this week motorists will see some pink at the pump at some stations where they fill up. A month-long promotion by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is encouraging sales of E-15 gasoline. A month-long promotion by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association is encouraging sales of E-15 gasoline. That is, 85 percent gasoline blended with 15 percent ethanol. For each gallon of E-15 sold, participating gas stations will donate three cents per gallon to the National Breast […]

  • A Cedar Rapids consulting firm is moving records back into their office after the Cedar River flood threat diminished. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Cedar Rapids Moving Back After Waters Recede

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa- The City of Cedar Rapids is starting to open up again after the second highest flood on record. City officials worked on removing temporary flood barriers on the downtown bridges to allow some businesses and residents in on Friday at noon. We’ve got only about a foot or so water in basement they got pumped out in the first floor is fine so we can locate back,” said Dennis Wangerman of Corridor Consulting. His first floor business […]

  • Grinnell College Associate Professor in Biology studied surface infections in hospital rooms. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Grinnell Study Shows Copper is Cleaner in Hospital Setting

    GRINNELL, Iowa – Grinnell College Associate Professor of Biology Shannon Hinsa-Leasure has published a study she did in conjunction with Grinnell Regional Medical Center showing copper surfaces in a hospital setting can mean fewer bacteria. “If my kids are going to come into this hospital, I want them to be treated for what they’re coming in for and not pick up a secondary infection,” said Hinsa-Leasure. “Copper alloys are really good at decreasing bacterial numbers, so being in the hospital […]

  • Actor Sean AStin campaigning in Grinnell fo Hillary Clinton. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Actor Sean Astin Campaigns for Hillary Clinton in Iowa

    GRINNELL, Iowa — The first day of voting brought actor Sean Astin to Iowa to campaign for Hillary Clinton. The actor was here to encourage the millennials vote. “You guys were the talk of the town, I mean millennials is a buzz word of the day,” said Astin. “You have the ability to make the difference in the election.” Astin told the group the time has passed to consider third party candidates, and that by voting for them, you are […]

  • Ames Public Lobrary closed in Wednesday due to fleas in the building. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames Library Closed Wednesday Due to Fleas

    AMES, Iowa — The Ames Public Library closed on Wednesday after fleas were found inside the building. Exterminators came in Wednesday evening. Thursday morning employees could be seen moving chairs back into place. An ISU Entomologist told the City of Ames that he’d never heard of a library being infected with fleas. The library re-opened two years ago, after a $20 million renewal project, which more than doubled the size of the building. The library was open on Thursday.

  • Witold Krajewski, Director of the Iowa Flood Center looking at a map of the Sept. 22 Flood event. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa Flood Center Server Crashed Due to Residents Seeking Flood Maps

    IOWA CITY, Iowa — Last week over 80,000 people in Iowa were looking for information about flooding on Iowa rivers. So many people sought this from the Iowa Flood Center that their server crashed. Center leaders contacted Google to upgrade their free account with a credit card number, and Iowans could again find out how the rain that fell in northeastern Iowa could affect the river in their town. The Iowa Flood Center was created in 2009 after major flooding […]

  • Flood waters are receding at most Cedar Falls homes (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Cedar Falls Cleaning Up After Flood

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The Cedar River crested in Cedar Falls on Saturday, and now the water is going down so that some residents can get back into their homes. In the low-lying area called North Cedar, which is north of downtown, the river water was staying up in that neighborhood. “It’s the second highest flood ever 2 feet below what they predicted,” said John Benton, who lives in the North Cedar Neighborhood. “Still plenty high for a lot of […]

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    The Community of Shell Rock Has Been Here Before With 2008 Flood

    SHELL ROCK, Iowa — The big story in the Shell Rock area Friday is how to get from Point A to Point B because flood waters are covering so many roads. Many of the bridges around Shell Rock are closed because of the flooding. Local officials are concerned about keeping the main bridge in Shell Rock open . Many here are comparing this flood to 2008. Most agree the water is higher this time.  Friday around mid-day Butler County Emergency […]

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    Ames Flash Flooding Overnight

    AMES, Iowa- Rain fell in buckets for several hours in Ames Thursday night into Friday morning causing flooding where there usually is not flooding. 13th and Dayton flooded, stalling at least two cars. Power was out to the east part of Ames. 16th street was flooded, along with 24th street. The flooding caused people to have to change their travel plans and routes.

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    Iowans Savor the Last Day of Summer

    BOONE, Iowa — For Larry Iddings and friends, the trip to Ledges State Park came on a hot last day of summer. His group was walking the creek bed in Ledges Canyon. “Enjoying it out here,” said Iddings, who works at Broadlawns Hospital. “Since the weather is going to be 92 down here it still feels cool.” The group did not mind getting their feet wet as the mercury was heading towards the 90’s by mid-morning. “I try to make […]