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
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    Guinness Names Iowa Man Oldest Active Pilot in the World

    RED OAK, Iowa- After about nine months of waiting following the application, 98-year-old Ernie Smith of Red Oak has been named the Oldest Active Pilot in the World, by the Guinness Book of World Records. Smith was nominated by friends, at the Red Oak Airport last January. On Monday Smith got the word  that he is  confirmed as the oldest pilot. The effort required a lot of paper work. Witnesses in April watched Smith fly the airplane solo, and video taped […]

  • Model A's roll into Williams on Wednesday morning. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Model A’s Touring Iowa: Visit to Williams’ Classic Auto Collection

    WILLIAMS, Iowa — The Great Annual Model A Ride around Iowa is underway for 2016. Over 20 Ford Model A’s left Ankeny for a tour which will include overnight stops in Mason City Wednesday, Algona on Thursday, and Fort Dodge on Friday. Wednesday morning the group stopped in Williams off Highway 20 and I-35 to tour the Hemken Auto Collection. 65 vintage autos are displayed, many, which have not been restored, as a way to preserve their authenticity. The museum […]

  • Memorial Stone to an unknown person from an unknown time uncovered in Sheffield. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Mystery Memorial Uncovered in Sheffield

    SHEFFIELD, Iowa — Crews working on a Highway 65 uncovered a memorial stone on Tuesday while working on the Gilman and Highway 65 interchange leading into town. Crews unearthed the object, and gave it to the town’s police chief. He took the broken stone to City Hall where it was cleaned up. The inscription reads: “A heart of gold stopped beating, two shining eyes at rest. God broke our hearts to prove he only takes the best.” City Clerk Katy […]

  • Cy-Ride employees were handing out cookies on the 40th Anniversary of the transportation service in Ames. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames’ CyRide Turns 40 Years Old

    AMES, Iowa — The City of Ames bus service, CyRide celebrated its 40th anniversary on Tuesday. CyRide officials were handing out cookies at bus stops in Ames. “It’s been a great 40 years obviously we’ve grown with both the community and the University together,” said Sheri Kyras, Director of CyRide. CyRide started in 1976 with only 20 employees and five vehicles. Today, the service has 197 employees and 105 buses. Initially, CyRide was a door-to-door service in Ames. Now, the service is […]

  • MidAmerican Energy workers train on line work at new facility in Des Moines (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    MidAmerican Opens New Training Center For Apprentices

    DES MOINES, Iowa =- MidAmerican Energy has opened a new Line Mechanic Training Center in Des Moines. The new facility is needed in light of a looming shortage of line workers for the company. More than 50 percent of those workers are planning to retire in the next five to 10 years. “Right now we have around 300 plus lineman in our company,” said  Jim Dougherty, of MidAmerican Energy. “That kind of ebbs and flows with retirement and pre-hires, but […]

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    ISU President: Free Expression Welcome on the Entire Campus

    AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University President Steven Leath has clarified the policy on the Iowa State Campus regarding freedom of speech. Leath spoke before the Board of Regents last Thursday. “There were a number of reports last year including in the media that we only had certain free speech zones, which was completely inaccurate,” said Leath. “To be clear free expression has always been welcome, and encouraged on the entire campus.” The ISU President explained the Free Speech zones […]

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    New Hancher Auditorium Opens At the University of Iowa

      IOWA CITY, Iowa- The New Hancher Auditorium is completed and opening for public tours.  The former Hancher Auditorium was flooded in 2008. After the Federal Emergency Management Administration determined the old Hancher was more than 50% destroyed by the floods, that made the project to rebuild eligible for federal funding. The new Hancher costs $175 Million to build.  Federal dollars, along with University of Iowa funds, and donors helped to build the new structure. Executive Director Chuck Swanson said […]

  • University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld speaks to the Board of Regents in Iowa City (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    University of Iowa President Considers “Dial Down” of Enrollment Numbers

    IOWA CITY, Iowa- University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld told the Board of Regents the University may consider “dialing down” its growth. The University’s fall enrollment is at 33,334 students, with a new incoming freshman class of 5600 students. We may actually dial things down a little bit and go a little bit smaller through time,” said Harreld. Harreld said his comment came as the University is trying to address faculty compensation. He said growing bigger would cause some problems […]

  • Jeff Jensen working the nut sheller on this year's Hazelnut crop. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Northern Iowa Farmer Raising Hazelnuts as a Cash Crop

    FENTON, Iowa- Jeff Jensen is serious about Hazelnuts. In 2005 he planted a grove of Hazelnut trees on his parents farm northeast of Fenton. Since then he has planted two more fields. “We got involved with that because of the water quality,” said Jensen. “ We need perennial crops that we can harvest that we can have out on the landscape that provide environmental benefits as well as some sort of revenue to the farm family.” He has learned a […]

  • DOT Garage closed at the end of August, held a garage sale at Corning (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa DOT Holds Garage Sale at Closed Facilities

    CORNING, Iowa — The Iowa DOT is holding garage sales around the state in the wake of closing seven maintenance garages and two driver’s license stations. The Corning property had a few odds and ends to sell, including shelves, liquid storage tanks, a mower and some small tools. “Just trying to make it simple and cost-effective for the department,” said Chad Rumbaugh, Disposal Manager for the DOT. “Instead of stuff coming all the way to Ames for a DOT sale, […]

  • Dayton Rodeo in Dayton Iowa (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Dayton Rodeo: A Family Labor Day Weekend Tradition

    DAYTON, Iowa — The 79th edition of the Dayton Rodeo is an occasion for cowboys to win some prizes and families to keep an annual tradition here. The Dayton Wranglers made up of young women cowgirls, rode a formation to get the afternoon show underway. Spectators sit on a huge hillside, where there are many stories of people coming for years. Two brothers from Rutland, Iowa, have been coming for many years. “We’ve been coming here off and on since […]

  • Madrid's State Champiojn Football and Track teams road a float to honor the late coach, Randy Hinkel. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Madrid Labor Day Parade Honors Legendary Coach Hinkel

    MADRID, Iowa — Coach Randy Hinkel was honored at the annual Madrid Labor Day Parade Monday. The legendary Madrid Coach passed away last December of a heart attack. Members of the coach’s family rode as Grand Marshall in the Parade. “This is a rather big day for the town to celebrate one more time Randy’s life, and what he did to the community,” said Jim Bingman, who was on a committee which hired Hinkel to come to Madrid. “Not only […]