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


Recent Articles
  • Veterans Administration Opens New Outpatient Clinic in Knoxville

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa  —  The Veterans Administration has opened a new community-based outpatient clinic in Knoxville. This replaces an old clinic in a building built in the 1800s as a part of the former VA Hospital. The new clinic came about after approximately 10 years of working with the VA. The building was constructed in about a year. “The people of Knoxville have been waiting for a new clinic for several years,” said Gail Graham, CEO of the VA Central Iowa […]

  • Pella Keeps Tulip Bloom Watchers Informed

    PELLA, Iowa  —  Whenever the nice weather breaks out in Pella, residents are constantly asked one question. “Will the tulips be in bloom for tulip time?” is the most common version. The people at the Chamber, the City of Pella, or even shop owners downtown all get that question. Now, the city is posting an online map for people to keep up-to-date not only on the overall tulip progress, but bed-by-bed around town. “What the map does, is it has some […]

  • World War I Iowa Exhibit Opens at State Historical Museum

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa Historical Museum is marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I with a new exhibit. ”Iowa and the Great War,” is a story of how this country got into the war, and stories of Iowans who served, and some who lost their lives. “United States we weren’t ready to go to war we didn’t think we’re going to be in the war,” said Leo Landis of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, […]

  • Templeton Rye Breaks Ground on a New Distillery in Carroll County

    TEMPLETON, Iowa- There was a big ground breaking in a tiny town Wednesday. Templeton, Iowa broke ground for a $26 million dollar expansion. The company is building it’s own distillery in Templeton. “We’ve had a contract distiller since we began, and now we’re bringing everything back to Templeton, it will be a huge savings for our company, as far as production costs,” said Keith Kerkhoff, Co-Founder of Templeton Rye. “This is an extremely big day for Templeton Rye, and the […]

  • Clive Named River Town of the Year in Iowa

    CLIVE, Iowa  —  The City of Clive has been named the Iowa River Town of the Year by the non-profit Iowa Rivers Revival. Clive was honored for its efforts to preserve and protect Walnut Creek, which flows through the Clive Greenbelt. “Clive, since its beginning in 1956, has always looked at the greenbelt as an important part of their community. It’s what makes the city unique and special,” said Robin Fortney of Iowa Rivers Revival. “This is the kind of […]

  • State Science Fair Developing Iowa’s Future STEM Workforce

    AMES, Iowa- The floor of Hilton Coliseum was covered with science exhibits on Thursday. The 60th annual State Science Fair was held here with 700 students from 71 Junior and Senior High Schools. The students are competing for $50,000 in scholarships and awards. Also there are award trips to the Intel Science and Engineering Fair in May in Los Angeles. “You think sometimes our stereo-types of science fair research,” said Jay Staker of ISU Extension Outreach. “We’ve got kids here […]

  • Study Shows Economic Clout of Raccoon River Valley Bike Trail

    PERRY, Iowa-A new economic study has been completed on the Raccoon River Valley Trail, showing riders spend $13-14 dollars per person, per visit on the trail. The Raccoon River Valley Trail covers nearly 90 miles from Waukee to Jefferson. The study was done by Iowa State University business students as a part of their Cy-Biz team. The students visited with riders during the summer months to ask about what they did and how much they spent. “We’re seeing a lot […]

  • WHO Radio Focus on Farm To Market Producers

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa- Hy-Vee at George Mills Parkway and I-35 held an event to focus on all the local producers who provide food here. WHO Radio’s Van and Bonnie were on hand to help focus on all the local food producers, such as Picket Fence Creamery, of Woodward, and Deardorff Sweetcorn of Adel. “You know I think that lately more people been demanding their food comes from close, so we’re glad to show them it does,” said Van Harden […]

  • Environmental Lobby Day at the State Capitol

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Wednesday was a day for citizens to talk to lawmakers at the Statehouse about the environment. The Iowa Environmental Council and the Iowa REAP Alliance gathered to lobby in two basic areas. One is for to approve the 3/8 cent sales tax, Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, which would be used to support environmental and clean energy programs in the state. “The legislators from the Missouri and Mississippi river need to hear from you,” said […]

  • Herbert Hoover Home Movies First White House Films in Color

    WEST BRANCH, Iowa  —  For years, seven reels of film were kept at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum and Library, under the assumption they were shot in black and white. But archivist Lynn Smith noticed some strange lines in the picture while examining the film. She did some investigation with the National Archives in Washington, which had a similar example of a film called Kodacolor. This was film someone shot of Yellowstone Park. “The lines are little teeny, teeny lenses […]

  • Brunnier in Bloom Celebrates Spring at Iowa State

    AMES, Iowa  —  At Iowa State University’s Museum, Brunnier Gallery is celebrating the spring season. The ninth annual Brunnier in Bloom features floral arrangements inspired by works of art in the gallery. “This event showcases the talents of floral designers as they are challenged to create arrangements inspired by works of art on exhibition in the Brunnier Art Museum,” said Nancy Gebhart, Educator of Visual Literacy and Learning for the University Museums. “Visitors will be able to cast their vote […]

  • Reggie’s Sleepout Coming to Jack Trice Stadium

    AMES, Iowa  —  On Saturday night, Reggie’s Sleepout will be coming to Ames night for the first time. Around 1,000 people are expected to camp out in sleeping bags and cardboard boxes on the football field, and anyone planning to attend is reminded that tents and spikes will not be allowed on the field. Reggie’s Sleepout will raise funds for three agencies in Ames: Youth and Shelter Services, Access Assault Care Center, and the Emergency Residence Project. The effort had […]