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 1 grandchild.


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    Rachel’s Challenge Celebrating Acts of Kindness in Fort Dodge

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — Around 3,500 students from Fort Dodge Schools gathered at the Dodger Football stadium to celebrate Rachel’s Challenge. The program challenges kids to be kind and do something for others. It’s named after Rachel Scott, who was the first student killed in the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado. Just before her death, she wrote a two-page code of ethics on how students should treat each other. For the past four years, this program has been in the […]

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    Drake Professor Teaching the Power of Smartphone Videography

    DES MOINES, Iowa — This is the year of video, according to a video production and social media expert. Drake University Assistant Professor Chris Snider has the task of teaching 100 freshmen students video production, but not with the kind of equipment you might normally think of. “Movies and films that win awards at festivals are being shot entirely on iPhones. With a few added attachments, you an create the same quality video,” he said. With the advanced quality of […]

  • Ames Schools have moved into their new Administration Building. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames School District Administration Moves into New Offices

    AMES, Iowa — The Ames Community Schools Administration moved into a building this week on a new $10 million campus, which is where Ames baseball, softball, and cross country fields will also be located. This project was done with penny sales tax funds. The district is also about to complete a $55 million project by building and remodeling several elementary school buildings. That project will be wrapped up in time for school to start in the fall. That project will […]

  • Justin Rowe leads Cows and Calves to greener pastures (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Spring is Prime Calving Season for Dallas County Beef Producer

    MADISON COUNTY, Iowa — Justin Rowe spends a lot of time driving from his Dallas County farm down to a hilly pasture area south of Winterset. Rowe has cattle giving birth to calves almost every day. He uses the lush green pasture as food for the new mothers. He moves them to greener pastures every few days or so. “I have no health problems with this pasture calving, I don’t doctor one for sickness, they’re born in this grass,” said […]

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    Ames Main Street Building Getting ‘Yarn Bombed’

    AMES, Iowa — A building on the north side of Ames Main Street is under going “yarn bombing.” The project came about after ISU Design Professor Jennifer Drinkwater received a grant from the Burning Man Organization for a collaborative or interactive art project. She has been working with knitters and crocheters on panels to hang on the front of the downtown building. The panels will hang until June 1, when they will be taken down, cleaned, and made into quilts. […]

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    Albia Team Shooting Straight to National Competition

    ALBIA, Iowa — A team of some 35 archers from Albia will be heading to Louisville, Kentucky, this weekend for a national archery tournament. The Archery in the Schools National Tournament will see some 14,000 competitors shooting at 700 targets at once. The Albia team has been preparing since last fall. The school conducts an archery lesson during physical education, which turns out to be a way to introduce and even recruit archers onto the team. Albia has team members […]

  • Part of the former Maytag complex now houses other businesses. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Newton Still Transforming 10 Years Since Maytag Departed

    NEWTON, Iowa — It has been 10 years since Maytag announced it was closing its plant in Newton. The firm had been purchased by Whirpool just weeks before the plant closed. “10 years ago last night, I received a call at 10:23 p.m. — I still remember the time — from a Michigan number. They were going to announce the closure of the Maytag facility,” said Chaz Allen, who was the Mayor of Newton at the time. “That wasn’t much […]

  • National Federation of Republican Women kicked off a national tour in Des Moines. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Republican Women’s Group Looking to Rally Support for Trump

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The National Federation of Republican Women kicked off a national tour Monday. The first stop was made in Des Moines Iowa, as a delegation of Republican women are seeking to rally behind Donald Trump, as he is now referred to as the “presumptive nominee.” The red, white, and blue bus with the saying “Get On Board” will make stops in Iowa Monday and Tuesday. The bus will then wind through Wisconsin, Indiana, Pennsylvania and states in […]

  • Geneva Market, a fundraiser for the Geneva Betterment Assoc. is underway this weekend (Roger Riley (WHO-HD)

    Geneva Market Continues Mission to Help Small Town

    GENEVA, Iowa — The Spring 2016 edition of the Geneva Market is happening this weekend just south of Hampton. The market is held in the spring and fall as a fundraiser for the Geneva Betterment Association. “We have oodles and oodles of antiques, vintage junk, and handcrafted goodies, said Tonya Sanders, of the Geneva Betterment Association. “It’s a cozy feel.” The Geneva Market was started in the tiny town, but it has moved to Maynes Grove Park, south of Hampton, […]

  • State is set for first-ever graduation in Jack Trice Stadium (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa State University Moves Graduation Outdoors

      AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is taking its graduation ceremony outdoors this year. Iowa State University President Steven Leath has decided to move spring commencement exercises to Jack Trice Stadium. The reason? Hilton Coliseum is becoming too crowded. This spring, ISU will graduate 4,601 students That’s 225 more than last spring’s largest-ever graduating class. An announcement will be made at noon Friday if the ceremony will be moved back indoors for weather-related issues. The backup plan includes Hilton […]

  • Matt Thomas and Monte Morris sign some basketballs while visiting Meeker Elementary (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Cyclone Players Break From Finals to Shoot Hoops with Mentor Program

    AMES, Iowa-While Iowa State Students are in the midst of final exams, two members of the Iowa State Cyclone Men’s Basketball team took a break to shoot some hoops with elementary students in Ames. Monte Morris, and Matt Thomas came to Meeker Elementary School to shoot hoops with some kids enrolled in a mentoring program through Youth and Shelter Services in Ames. A fourth grader named Kavon had been doing Friday afternoon mentoring with YSS CEO Andrew Allen. Thomas and […]

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    87-Year-Old Woman Crochets Hats By the Hundreds for the Homeless

    UDELL, Iowa — For many Iowans, growing older can often mean slowing down, but that’s not the case for a woman in Appanoose County. Jean Spring learned later in life how to crochet. She hasn’t stopped since. The 87-year-old widow has crocheted hundreds of stocking caps to give to the poor. “I see all these homeless people on TV. I just feel so bad for them, so I thought I’d just make them some hats,” said Spring. She learned through […]

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