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
  • A Clarion city endloader helps move enough snow to free an SUV with two guys heading to work. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Heavy Snow Keeps Plow Crews Busy in North Central Iowa

    CLARION, Iowa- Crews across North Central Iowa had their hands full early Wednesday. Plows were busy from Ames all the way north to Algona. In Clarion huge trucks and a tractor-mounted slow blower were moving tons of wet snow from the town square.  Residential streets had snow approximately 8 inches deep, waiting for plows to get there. Two men trying to get to work could not get their SUV out of a snow drift, until a Clarion City endloader came by […]

  • DC Lee,Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Iowa State's Forker Building Lab (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Study Shows Fitness Gym Membership Pays Health Benefits

    AMES, Iowa- The New Year’s resolutions of weight loss and fitness can be better achieved if you have a gym membership, according to a new study from Iowa State University. The study led by Duck-chul (DC) Lee, an assistant professor of Kinesiology at ISU, said people who belong to a health club exercised more and had better heart health. The benefits are even greater for people who have a gym membership for over a year. “It’s not surprising that people […]

  • Algona Rotary Club was talking some about RAGBRAI at their Monday meeting (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Algona Welcomes RAGBRAI Back for 6th Overnight Stop

    ALGONA, Iowa  —  When Chamber Director Vicki Mallory sent off the annual RAGBRAI application last August for Algona to be an overnight town, she did not know if they would be picked this year.  Saturday night, RAGBRAI announced where the route would be going in 2017, and Algona was indeed chosen as the overnight stop on July 24th. The news of Algona’s selection was a topic of discussion at the noon Algona Monday Rotary Club meeting, held at the Chrome […]

  • Iowa-born Herbert Hoover is sworn in as the 31st President in 1929. ( Courtesy Herbert Hoover Museum and Library in West Branch)

    Former Iowa Native President Draws Some Comparison to President Trump

    WEST BRANCH, Iowa  —  About 40,000 people visit the Herbert Hoover Museum and Library each year. Of those who come, most know maybe one or two things about the man from Iowa who became President of the United States. Herbert Hoover was the 31st President of the United States and served one term from 1929 to 1933. He was known as the president when the U.S. went into the Great Depression. He is also known for being born in a […]

  • The Trump Burger, created at Frosty's in Pleasantville. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Pleasantville Eatery Puts Trump Burger on Menu

    PLEASANTVILLE, Iowa- A local restaurant here is marking the inauguration of a new president, with the Trump Burger. This creation came about back before the election, when burgers were created for Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. “It’s got 2 huge 1/3 pound patties, topped with American cheese surrounded by a wall of bacon, with shredded cheddar cheese on top of the bun,” said Troy McConnell, Manager of Frosty’s. The restaurant bar on the Pleasantville town square has sold a […]

  • Annual joint meeting of the Iowa Natural Resources Commission, and the Environmental Protection Commission in Des Moines ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa DNR Views 2017 Priorities Amid Budget Uncertainty

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The State of Iowa is facing $110 million in budget cuts to state government, due to declining tax revenue. That means some uncertainty over budgets next year,for many state agencies, including the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “We don’t know what the numbers will be,” said DNR Deputy Director, Bruce Trautman, on how the budget will affect this agency. “We will talk with staff look at some of the areas where we have some opportunities for some […]

  • Ruthie Owens turned 104 years old. (WHO-HD)

    Winterset Resident Going Strong at 104 Years Old

    WINTERSET, Iowa  —  On January 14th, Winterset resident Ruth Lampe–or Ruthie, as many call her–turned 104 years old. Lampe said she told her friends not to do anything to celebrate this year, but they did not listen, and instead held a birthday party for her at the Winterset Senior Center. “On Mondays and Tuesdays Ruthie comes and makes coffee, cleans tables, wraps silverware, visits with people,” said Center Director Sharee Owens. “She’s a little spitfire, we love her to death. […]

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    Cyclones Glow Sticks Add New Dimension to Hilton Magic

    AMES, Iowa  —  The biggest game of the year at Iowa State for Men’s Basketball is when the often top-ranked Kansas J-Hawks come to town. The game has plenty of excitement, with students in line for a week, and national television coverage. Associate Marketing Manager for ISU Athletics, Nathan Terry, was looking for something to help provide a Hilton Magic moment. In order to do this, the athletic department purchased 15,000 glow sticks at about $1 a piece. “I was […]

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    Sherman Hill in Des Moines- a Good Place to Slide Away An Icy Day

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The ice storm hitting Iowa has caused many to slip and fall, or slide somewhere they don’t want to go. In Des Moines’ Sherman Hill area off I-235 many of the roads are, no surprise, a hill. For today it meant numerous cars ended up in places they did not mean to go. One car in the Hoyt Sherman parking lot could do nothing but slide down hill. Robert Wilson made it in fine from his home […]

  • Steve and Leona Fogle visit with Office Manager Celeste Clark at Fogle True Value Hardware in Centerville. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Centerville Business Gives New Life to Old Walmart

    CENTERVILLE, Iowa- The Iowa Small Business Development Center has recognized a business here as the 2017 Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner. Steve and Leona Fogle have run the Fogle True Value Hardware Store for several years after buying it from the previous owners. Last fall the couple moved the business into the former Walmart store on the north end of town. “It did surprise us because we’re just a married couple trying to make a living running […]

  • Arcadia Cafe now open after moving from Lincolway due to development (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    More New Development Changing Campustown in Ames

    AMES, Iowa-Still more changes are coming to the Ames Campustown area as Iowa State University continues to see record enrollment. Over the past ten years a number of large apartment complexes have been built in Campustown, which is located directly across Lincolnway from the Iowa State Campus. Another big complex is under construction one block west of Welch. Soon another hotel/ apartment building will be built at 2700 Lincolnway. That meant closing of the long-time Swift Stop, and relocating for […]

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    Northey Not Contacted On Trump Cabinet Ag Secretary Post

    BOONE, Iowa-  Secretary Agriculture Bill Northey often gets asked if he’s gotten any calls from the Presidential Transition Team. As of Wednesday, the answer was ‘no.’  Northey’s name has been floated as a possible US Secretary of Agriculture. This week Iowa senior Senator, Chuck Grassley sent out a tweet in support of Northey for the job. “It would depend on what they’re looking for, but I’d sure answer a phone call, and look forward to a conversation,” said Northey.  “I’ve […]