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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


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    Great Western Trail Could Undergo Change Due to Highway Extension

    WARREN COUNTY, Iowa- The Great Western Trail running from Des Moines to Martensdale for 16.5 miles may be seeing some change. The West Des Moines City government needs to extend Veterans Parkway to the south and west to provide access to Microsoft for it’s 3rd data center in the area. Initial road proposals called for moving a scenic portion of the Great Western Trail. “With the Microsoft new data center that’s going to go in West Des Moines on the […]

  • HZ Windpower Monitors turbines from an office in Nevada. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Governor Branstad As China Ambassador Not a Surprise to One Business

    NEVADA, Iowa- Governor Branstad being named ambassador to China was no surprise to one company representative in this state. HZ Wind Power has constructed 16 wind turbines in the state, two near Nevada, and 3 more will come online near Perry in a few weeks. HZ Wind Power is a subsidiary of the Ship Building company in China, which is owned by the government there. Over the past few years this company has met with Governor Branstad several times, including […]

  • Dr. Amy Groen of Blank Children's Hospital stands by a new emergency patient room. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Blank Children’s Hospital Opening New Kid’s Emergency Room

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Blank Children’s Hospital is ready to open an emergency room, just for children. The ER will have 12 pediatric rooms located adjacent to the new emergency room for adult patients opened last summer. In the past it was a long hallway so you couldn’t see the patients all at one time,” said Dr. Amy Groen, who is the Medical Director of the Blank Emergency Department. “Now it’s in the circular area where we can see all the […]

  • News Conference for the Iowa Water and Land Legacy in Des Moines. ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Group Renews Call for Sales Tax toward Natural Resources Trust Fund

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The 2017 Legislative session in Iowa is just weeks away, and lobbying is underway. The Iowa Water and Land Legacy held a news conference to announce more support for a 3/8 cent sales tax to fund the dormant Natural Resources, and Outdoor Trust Fund. Voters gave approval in 2010 to establishing the fund, but it is up to the legislature to vote for the added sales tax. “As a physician in the community I’m also concerned about […]

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    Iowa Governmental Agencies Learn Social Media Strategy to Improve Communication

    DES MOINES, Iowa- During times of severe weather, or other major incident the public is always looking for information. At the Polk County Emergency Management Center a training session was held to help government agencies and non-profits use social media to get their story out. In September when flood waters were rising in Northeast Iowa Floyd County authorities used Facebook live to broadcast their news conferences. “If we did it 3 o’clock press conference people didn’t have to wait to […]

  • Keith Harrod, of Haverhill serves as a tour guide at the Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop in Haverhill. ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    State Fundraiser to Match Gift to The Matthew Edel Blacksmith Shop Museum

    HAVERHILL, Iowa- The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs is spearheading a fund raising effort to help restore some fading, historic artifacts at the Edel Blacksmith Shop. The great great grandson of Matthew Edel has donated $10,000 toward a matching grant to help restore the 1880’s era shop. The shop contains 4, 486 items used by Edel, when he rain his blacksmith shop from 1883 to 1940, when he passed away. The shop was left essentially like it was when Edel […]

  • A Union Pacific pair of locomotives worked with local law enforcement in Marshalltown Monday ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Union Pacific Railroad Helps Local Law Enforcement Promote Crossing Safety

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- The Union Pacific Railroad held a law enforcement event on the tracks through the City of Marshalltown Monday. Railroad police, along with members of the Marshalltown Police, and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, and the Marshall County Attorney were on board a locomotive traveling past crossings in town. As violations were spotted, some officers were located nearby the crossings to issue tickets if need be. “It’s just to educate people a little bit make sure they’re all obeying […]

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    ISU Students Learn How to Lead Without Using Words

    AMES, Iowa- This time of year many are heading to Christmas concerts at schools or community centers. For those who are leading such programs, there is training for future conductors at Iowa State University’s School of Music. Jacob Harrison has a doctorate in music, he’s studied at the University of Texas, and Arizona State. He leads freshmen and sophomore students in conducting class. “For most of their musical life they’ve been told do it like this, softer, loud, sharp, or […]

  • South Duff Avenue in Ames could get a new stoplight here. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames South Duff Proposed Road Project Causing Concern

    AMES, Iowa- The City Council has been weighing what to do about South Duff Avenue. The council was approached by a developer to put a new commercial project on Duff on the site of the former Happy Joe’s Pizza. The project is also directly across from the Duff Ave. entrance to Wal-Mart. This adding of traffic has raised the need for an additional stop light at that spot.  A number of new businesses have opened on South Duff over the […]

  • Customers lined up in the cold prior to the opening of the new Aldi store in Ames (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames Aldi Relocates to Duff Avenue

    AMES, Iowa- Aldi opened a new store on south Duff in Ames. The new, larger building replaces the former store near Movies 12 in south Ames. The entrance to the store is off South 5th. A long line of customers formed outside prior to the store opening. The first 100 customers would receive gift certificates from Aldi. “The old store we opened up just 20 years ago,” said Mat Lilla. “The customers had grown so fond of the store, our […]

  • Mitch Aden of NEW Coop demonstrates an auto-steer system to install on older tractors. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Fort Dodge Farm Show Has Retro High Technology For Older Tractors

    FORT DODGE, Iowa- The 15th annual Farm News- Ag Show is underway at Iowa Central Community College. The two-day show features over 70 exhibitors inside at the East Campus of Iowa Central at 2031 Quail Avenue on the east edge of town. One system being exhibited helps old tractors, drive like new. The Top Con auto steering system can be installed on an older model tractor, to allow it to drive on it’s own based on GPS navigation. “You can […]

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    Steel Bridge Travels Roads to New Madison County Home

    WINTERSET, Iowa- Highway 92 had traffic jammed up for a while on Tuesday morning. The cause was a giant 120 foot. long, 30 foot high steel bridge being transported on the road. The bridge traveled from east of Patterson, IA,  to just northeast of Winterset. The Jorgensen Bridge was bought for one dollar, but the cost to move the structure to it’s new home, a half a million dollars. Grants from FEMA and the Iowa DOT covered the cost. The […]