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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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    A Changing of the Guard- New Sheriff in Marshall County

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- In a courtroom on the 4th floor Marshall County has sworn in a new Sheriff for the first time in almost 29 years. Steven Hoffman was sworn in Tuesday morning in a ceremony by District Judge, James Ellefson. The ceremony also included those serving other county offices. Hoffman has served along with outgoing Sheriff, Ted Kamatchus, as his Chief Deputy. “It’s a bittersweet day only for my own self, because when you’ve been sheriff for almost 29 years, […]

  • Workout on Monday January 2 at Fitness World South in Ankeny. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Don’t Delay New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

    ANKENY, Iowa- For those making 2017 resolutions to get in shape, now is the time, according to a professional fitness trainer. “Today is the day, every day you wait you really build up that mentality of putting it off,” said Jake Belitz, Head Trainer for Fitness World in Ankeny. “It’s the big New Year’s resolution-rush we call it.” Many have seen people come in January with good intentions, only to be distracted from workouts. Even those who do this for […]

  • WCTV's Christmas Show produced by High School students at Webster City High School. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Webster City Students Broadcast Their Own Christmas Program

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa- It’s that time of year for Christmas Programs. But one school in central Iowa doesn’t ask people to come to the gym or auditorium, they bring the Christmas Program to the community, via cable TV. THE WCTV student-run TV station, broadcast it’s annual Christmas show Wednesday night. The program had advice on how to get on the “Nice” list with Santa, they also toured Webster City Christmas lights, and had some live and recorded Christmas music performed […]

  • Collins-Maxwell Schools held a reveal of their new sports name- the Spartans. ( Collins-Maxwell Photo)

    Collins-Maxwell to Become Spartans in Name Change

      MAXWELL, Iowa- The Collins Maxwell Schools have revealed their new mascot for the coming school year, they will be known as the Spartans. The logo for the team will be unveiled at an alumni basketball game on January 14th. “It was a very fun process, we got the community involved, students and staff involved,” said Jordan Nelson, High School Principal. “We ended up have 112 mascot suggestions and we had 37 different color combinations, we obviously got them down […]

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    Baxter School Reveals New Athletic Name

    BAXTER, Iowa- The Baxter Community School Thursday revealed the school’s new athletic name and colors. At an all-school assembly the name Baxter Bolts was revealed with a purple color scheme. Some students also modeled sample Baxter Bolts athletic uniforms, along with a football helmet. The change from CMB Raiders came about after Collins Maxwell, and Baxter schools decided to end the athletic sharing agreement. “We have a proud history of 29 years as CMB in which we shared athletics with […]

  • Ernie Smith of Red Oak takes a brief flight around the airport for his 99th Birthday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Red Oak Man Celebrates 99th Birthday Flying a Plane- as World’s Oldest Pilot

    RED OAK, Iowa- Ernie Smith turned 99 years old on Wednesday December 21. He celebrated by taking a rented Cessna 150 for a flight around Red Oak. In September, it became official, Smith is now the World’s Oldest Active Pilot, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Smith took a short flight around Red Oak in the crisp morning sunshine.  He then met with reporters, family and some well wishers, before he had to pay a visit to the […]

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    Christmas Bird Count Underway in Iowa

    CARROLL, Iowa- Bird lovers across the state spend each holiday season outdoors to participate in the Christmas Bird Count. On designated days, in certain areas on the map across Iowa volunteers fan out to count the number and types of birds found in the area. “We’re gonna go out and do our best to cover a 15 mile diameter circle,” said Matt Wetrich, of the Carroll County Conservation Board. “We’ll look at the kind of species, amount of each species, […]

  • George Orwell's 1984 helped solve a theft case in Albia (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Albia Theft Case Cracked With Help From George Orwell

    ALBIA, Iowa- Authorities tracked down a missing computer here with a little help from George Orwell, and 1984. Recently a man came into the Carnegie Evans Library here asking if they had the book “1984” by George Orwell. The man said he had been to the Moravia Library, and they did not have that book. But he was able to look at the book in Albia. A short time later the man said he needed to go out to his […]

  • Loves Truck Stop opened at Ellsworth on Thursday (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Loves Truck Stop Opens in Ellsworth

    ELLSWORTH, Iowa- The new Love’s Truck Stop has opened in the town of Ellsworth. The company built the facility after it was turned down for zoning in nearby Story city. Love’s has 48 employees at the present time, and will add more employees in 5 weeks when a new tire/mechanic shop opens. “It’s organized chaos it’s a learning experience for me,” said Ross Eveland, the story General Manager. “We’re opening about 40 stores 45 stores this year, we’ve got a […]

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    Salvation Army Bell Ringer Wears His Passion for History

    ANKENY, Iowa- Each day at 7 am during Christmas season David Thompson of Ankeny dons his Civil War uniform and heads to the Ankeny State Street HyVee. Thompson is a volunteer bell-ringer for the Salvation Army Red Kettle there. Each week during the Red Kettle season, he has worn a different historic military uniform. “I went to a reenactment one time in Lamoni, I Iowa 13 years ago and I noticed that they do a lot of camping I said […]

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    Season of Sweet Success for Algona Shop

    ALGONA, Iowa- The Chocolate Season Shop in Algona has been awarded the state Small Business Development Center’s award as the “Business of the Month” for the State of Iowa. Erika Jensen and her husband Brad, moved the business from where it was founded in Omaha, as an online operation, to Erika’s hometown of Algona. “I really like the idea of giving people European-inspired artisan chocolate,” said Jensen. “We kept thinking of things that would make people happier what doesn’t make […]

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    Dealing with Cold Weather Involves Warm Clothes- and a Good Attitude

    ALGONA, Iowa- The overnight temperature in the town of Algona was minus 7, according to radio station KLGA in Algona. As the mercury climbed into the single digits above zero, the sun came out. People in Algona were in a good mood.  People coming by the Perky Parrot for a cup of coffee, or some chicken noodle soup. Iowa is forecast for cold temperatures this week, and some snow over the weekend.