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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    Greene County Farm Knows How to Eliminate Nitrates in Water

    GREENE COUNTY, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad paid a visit to the Mike and Kathy Bravard Farm near Jefferson on Monday to view a farm management project designed to keep nitrates out of the water. The Iowa Soybean Association hosted the event along with the Bravards. The project is called a denitrifying bio-reactor. Soil is removed, and a bed of wood chips is laid a few feet underground near a flowing creek. The chips react with the water flowing through […]

  • Vandals smashed glass in former Geneva School Gym. (Photo courtesy: Geneva Betterment Assoc.)

    Former Geneva School Gym Vandalized, Restoration Plan Continues

    GENEVA, Iowa — Over the weekend vandals smashed windows in the old Geneva School Gym. The gym has been a project of the Geneva Betterment Association to restore the building for use in community events. Antique chalk blackboards were also damaged at the building. The Geneva Betterment Association has been holding “The Geneva Market” selling antiques, vintage junk, and hand crafted items. The group had raised enough money to already have put a roof on part of the old gym, and […]

  • Story Teller Pippa White Presents a On-Woman show on Orphan Trains from 1800's (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Students Learn History a Century Ago Through Orphan Trains Presentation

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Historical Museum presented a program Friday on Orphan Trains in the years 1854-1929. Due to immigrants’ economic circumstances, a number of children could not be cared for by parents or the children lost their parents. Personal stories were presented by Clark Kidder, whose grandmother came to Iowa on an orphan train to start a new life. He wrote a book on her and used her story along with many period photos of the […]

  • Caring Bridge Founder Sona Mehring speaks to the Iowa Hospital Assn. in Des Moines Friday (RogerRiley WHO-HD)

    Caring Bridge Founder Says Community Important in Healing

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Founder of Caring Bridge website said the medical/ caring site was launched to help her friends who were having a baby. Sona Mehring took to the phones to help tell friends about the couple’s medical situation with the baby. After making two long phone calls, she thought there has to be a better way to do this. “and the same night their baby Bridget was born..the first Caring Bridge Website was born it was June 7th […]

  • Jesus, Jose and Teresa Rico, Norine& Duane Black partner in Rico's Tacos in south Ames. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames Food Truck the Product of Authentic Mexican Food, Local Partnership

    AMES, Iowa — A ribbon cutting at a Mexican food truck Thursday celebrated more than just upgrading to a bigger truck. The Rico family came to Ames from a town south of Mexico City. They brought recipes from their home down south and recreated them in a small food truck on south Duff Avenue in Ames. “It’s all authentic, like what we eat every day at home,” said Jose Rico. “The food is made plenty spicy.” The business, which started in […]

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    Audubon Seeking to Put the Bloom Back on the Rose Theater

    AUDUBON, Iowa — At a social event last year, two couples were talking about how they missed the Rose Theater in Audubon and how they wished it would reopen. “A couple of us were visiting, another couple joined us, again we thought it would be great to revitalize the theater,” said Margee Shaffer, of the Audubon Economic Development Office. “That happened in August. In November, we had our first meeting with other volunteers.” That random conversation led to a community […]

  • Governor Terry Branstad signed Senate File 2300 into law at Iowa State University on Wednesday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Governor Signs Bill For Bio-Renewable Chemical Tax Credit

      AMES, Iowa- Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill into law Wednesday giving a tax credit to companies producing chemicals from ethanol by-products. Branstad said Iowa is the first such state to offer this incentive. Senate File 2300 will give companies using all or part bio-renewable elements in the production of chemicals. The Governor said this goes beyond food and fuel, and that Iowa is again leading the way in bio-renewable products. Branstad also credited the legislature for working on […]

  • Banner in downtown Newton. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Newton City Council Approves Phase 1 of Downtown Construction

    NEWTON, Iowa — The Newton City Council has approved a street improvement project which will eventually include all streets around the courthouse square. The City Council has approved a $1.1 million contract, which will redo sewer lines and pave South Second Street between East 4th and West 4th Streets. The project will begin this summer. The City will also spend $135,000 on streetscape lights. “The streetscape master plan encompasses all of what we would call our Main Street District,” said […]

  • Huge piles of wood are stacked near Boone in preparation for the Baaken Oil Pipeline (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Preparation for Pipeline Construction Continues in Iowa

    BOONE, Iowa — Huge piles of lumber are being stacked near the intersection of Highway 17 and Highway 30 near Boone. According to the Boone County Engineer’s Office, the lumber is in preparation for construction of the pipeline. “Pipeline construction in Iowa will begin when all necessary permits and approvals have been received,” said Vicki Anderson Granado, a spokeswoman for Dakota Access, the firm building the pipeline. “Construction is beginning in other states where the necessary approvals have been received.” […]

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    Iowa Bike Tourism Needs to Appeal to Millennials to Grow

    PERRY, Iowa — The largest demographic in America is millennials, and Iowa is stepping up its appeal to millennials to increase tourism across the state. Shawna Lode, manager of the Iowa Division of Tourism, spoke to the Iowa Bicycle Tourism Conference at Hotel Patee in Perry. She said millennials are the first digital-only generation. They must be connected to the internet and are seeking authentic attractions and natural beauty. “They need to be able to connect they’re digital native so […]

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    Honey Creek Resort Will Be Under New Management

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Honey Creek Resort will soon be under new management. The Iowa Natural Resource Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to enter into a contract with Delaware North Companies. The firm currently has contracts to run operations at the Grand Canyon and Kennedy Space Center for NASA. Due to a legislative change, the state can now enter into a partnership with companies who will make private investments.  Delaware North Companies will be investing in Honey Creek around the second […]

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    Geneva Group Giving New Life to Old School Gym

    GENEVA, Iowa — The old Geneva School was last used in 1986 before it was torn down a few years later. Community leaders left the old school gym standing since it was in fairly good shape. But now, the gym is deteriorating. The roof is leaking, and there is water on the floor. Paint is peeling. For former students like Teresa Groniga and Tonya Sanders, seeing the old gym run down is hard. “This gym has a lot of memories. Dance […]

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