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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
  • Iowa State Fair Honors Veterans on Monday

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The Iowa State Fair took part of Monday to stop and honor veterans. The parade down the Grand Concourse featured all types of veteran and active duty groups. The road was lined with thousands of people who applauded veterans as they marched past. This was under cloudy skies with a few rain drops falling. “It’s a very emotional occasion, every year I come to it I can’t believe the turn out of people,” said Ron Brown […]

  • Iowa State Fair New Giant Pumpkin Champion

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  It’s been a rough year for farmers growing corn and soybeans in some areas of the state, but at this year’s Iowa State Fair there were some farmers who were able to grow giant pumpkins. Dan Boelman of Urbandale had the winning pumpkin, which weighed in at 758 pounds. “First time winning first place, I’ve won third twice,” said Boelman. “With this terrible hot weather we’ve had this year, I’m so thrilled to have gotten one […]

  • Iowa State Fair 2017 Crowns Big Boar, Welcomes New Butter Sculptures and More

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The 2017 edition of the Iowa State Fair got underway Thursday with a full slate of activities. At the Governor’s Life Saving Awards 3 men were recognized for work to rescue a cement truck driver from his over turned rig before it caught fire. The incident happened last April on I-235 in Des Moines. “If I was in trouble I’d want somebody to do it for me, said Ron Flowers of Topeka Kansas. “We were just in […]

  • State Fair Opens Thursday With New Entrance- New Rides

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Last minute preparations, setups and food deliveries are almost completed as the 2017 Iowa State Fair opens Thursday morning. The opening ceremony will be held at a new gate on the north side of the Fair. “The new gate 15, that is the East. 33rd Street off University gate, that a lot of people come in and utilize that to park in the north parking lot they you come to the Iowa State Fair,” said Gary Slater, […]

  • Iowa State Extension Holding Drought Meetings in Southeast Iowa

    BLOOMFIELD, Iowa  —  Most of Iowa has been facing seemingly endless heat this summer, and in some southeast Iowa counties the rainfall has been woefully short. At the Davis County Fairgrounds, Iowa State University Extension held a meeting to advise farmers on how to deal with corn, which was not been producing much of a crop. Many farmers hope to be able to cut the corn to feed directly, or as ensilage, putting the green corn in a bag to […]

  • Seeking New Owners For Historic Amana Properties

    SOUTH AMANA, Iowa- A former hotel which once welcomed visitors to the Amana by train, is up for sale. The building has been vacant for 20 years. “It was built in 1884 as a hotel to serve the railroad depot that was up here, it kind of served as the front door to the Amana Colonies,” said Laura Hoover, Executive Director of the Amana Colonies Historical Sites Foundation. “We’re looking to match the building up with it’s best user, we […]

  • Indianola Skies Busy With Colorful Hot Air This Week

    INDIANOLA, Iowa- The annual National Balloon Classic is well underway in Indianola. No better way to experience what balloon flight is all about than to spend some time in the early morning as balloon crews do competitive events. “The first flight they’re going to fly in and they want to try to drop two markers as far apart as possible within the field that we’ve given them,” said Race Director Bill Clemons. “At that point they have four different targets […]

  • Cyclones Open Football Camp for Matt Campbell’s Second Season as Coach

    AMES, Iowa  —  The Iowa State Cyclones football team opened its fall camp on Monday. Players conducted two practices on the first day, coupled with meetings and lots of food for hungry football players. Head Coach Matt Campbell met with the media to note that the biggest change he has seen in year two of coaching in Ames is that players seem to now be better in the basics. “That’s the greatest shift, is the time and the effort they […]

  • Rain Does Not Dampen RAGBRAI Enthusiasm

    SWALEDALE, Iowa — Rains opened up on RAGBRAI Wednesday as riders headed toward Charles City. As riders pulled into Swaledale, the fire station was opened for riders to get in out of the rain.  “Hiding out at the fire station,” said Bill Hauser, of Marion, “God Bless these Swaledale Firefighters, for letting us in their building.” “Just got caught in the last three miles coming in, just enough to get us completely drenched,” said Scott Christian of Cincinnati, Ohio as […]

  • RAGBRAI Riders Are All About Supporting Small Towns

    WESLEY, Iowa  —  Many RAGBRAI riders love coming to Iowa for the friends they see every year, but there’s also another reason they like the ride: they love meeting and supporting people in small-town Iowa. Several riders say a big part of the RAGBRAI experience is meeting and supporting projects in the towns they stop in. “This is Iowa, that’s why we’re here, to do the local stuff,” said John Barrow, a RAGBRAI Rider from Michigan. Several other riders echoed […]

  • RAGBRAI Day Two: Nice Weather and Few Hills on the Way to Algona

    MALLARD, Iowa-  It was a picture perfect day for RAGBRAI 2017. RAGBRAI riders on Monday posed for pictures with a giant and a giant religious monument, the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, along the 71 mile route.   Some riders started the day around 5:00 am to add an extra 30 miles to their ride to get in the 100 mile Century Loop through Plover. One rider, who will ride on Tuesday’s ride has literally seen it all. […]

  • RAGBRAI 2017 Day One: Great Weather, Few Hills

    PRIMGHAR, Iowa  —  RAGBRAI 2017 set out from Orange City on Sunday morning under clear blue skies with pleasant temperatures. “I’m from Cedar Rapids, this is my fourth RAGBRAI,” said Bob Schell. “Half the problem is getting here, you got to go to the end to get to the beginning.” RAGBRAI got a great sendoff from Dutch costume-clad residents of the northwest Iowa city. Also taking place on Sunday was a Mile of Silence, to remember those who have been […]