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
  • After Tornado Strike, Seymour School Opening Delayed

    SEYMOUR, Iowa  —  The Seymour School District had been hoping to resume class this week after an EF-2 tornado stuck the town on March 6th. Now, the school district is hoping for next week. “When the DNR said that they need to come down and test for asbestos and lead-based paint in the area of the school, that was hit with a stop on the progress that we have made,” said Jamie Houser, the principal of the Seymour school. “We […]

  • Iowa State University Offers 3D Maps of Anywhere on Earth

    AMES, Iowa  —  A team at Iowa State University has developed a new website that will help people make their own custom, 3D maps. The Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences is working with the ISU Virtual Reality Center inside Howe Hall. The idea is a collection of data, which can be downloaded and sent to a 3D printer. Commercial companies, such as some Kinkos locations, offer this service. “Being able to print in three dimensions is a big deal […]

  • Eagle Grove Planning for Expected Growth in Enrollment

    EAGLE GROVE, Iowa- This Wright County community is getting ready for something that hasn’t happened in a while, population growth. A new pork processing plant is being built south of town. It could see around 1000 new employees. “For years we’ve been planning on declining enrollment and now are planning on increasing enrollment ,” said Eagle Grove Supt. of Schools, Jess Toliver. The school district has no information on how many kids they might be adding, but they are working […]

  • Iowa State Cyclones Big 12 Championship Shirts a Hot Ticket

    AMES, Iowa- The Iowa State Cyclones are in the NCAA, but it’s the Big12 Championship apparel which is the hot ticket in Ames. While the Cyclones secured the trophy, and were still cutting down the nets, orders were being placed to sell celebrating the big win. We’re a little superstitious, we’re Iowa State fans, so we always wait till the past halftime before getting her emails drafted,” said Gayle Mastbergen, who is marketing coordinator for the Iowa State University Bookstore. […]

  • NCAA Berth a Homecoming For Cyclone Emily Durr

    AMES, Iowa- Going to the NCAA Tournament is really a big deal for Cyclone player Emily Durr. She is going play near her home at Storrs Connecticut. Durr is from Utica New York, which is only around 4 hours away from her game. My mom like texting me like this is the best thing is ever happened, she’s really excited,” said Durr “My dad’s excited and my siblings can come and watch me play which is really nice so I’m […]

  • Ames New Walmart A First For Company Execs

    AMES, Iowa- Walmart has opened a new SuperCenter in north Ames, replacing the old store there. This is the second Super Walmart to open in Ames. The new store is somewhat unique, as it was built almost touching the old building. “Were able to move things through a hole in the wall from one store to the other extremely unique experience,” said Michael White, who is the Walmart Store 749 Manager. “Most of the time the stores are a block […]

  • Incentive for Homeowners to Choose to Build in Manning

    MANNING, Iowa  —  The City of Manning has spent $200,000 to buy 20 lots in a new development, and plans to sell the lots at a discounted price as a way to expand the local housing supply. The Manning area has a number of jobs to fill at the Manning Regional Healthcare Center, Puck Custom Enterprises, and other businesses. While this may seem promising for job-seekers, prospective employees are having trouble finding a place to live close by. “When you […]

  • Travelers Stop At Rest Stop Requires Shoveling

    DOWS, Iowa  —  The big snowstorm had passed, I-35 was plowed off, and travel was going great Monday morning, except in one area: the I-35 rest stop, near Dows. Several cars took the lane marked for cars heading to the rest stop building, only to get mired down in deep snow. “We thought with the snow well it would see some clear roads, but we didn’t expect to see over a foot trying to get into the rest stop,” said […]

  • Amish Farms Rebuild After Tornado Strikes Four Farms

    SEYMOUR, Iowa  —  Rebuilding is well underway on farms in Wayne County, after an EF-2 tornado struck Monday night. The twister also damaged the school and homes in Seymour. Four Amish farms as far as six miles southwest of town were damaged. Vernon Mullet’s farm had three buildings destroyed, including his house, a barn, and a huge shop used to build wooded trusses for metal steel buildings. On Wednesday, 50 Amish workers were there to start rebuilding Mullet’s home and […]

  • Seymour Schools Plan March 20th to Resume Class After Tornado Hit

    SEYMOUR, Iowa- The Seymour School District is making plans to resume classes, after an EF-2 tornado struck their school, and community Monday night. A former care center is being converted to use as a place to hold class for the 300 students in Pre-K through 12th. If all goes as planned classes will resume Monday March 20th. Band and Chorus will be held in the Methodist Church. Some nearby school districts have offered the use of their gymnasiums. “We have […]

  • Herring Hotel Supporters Hope to Attract Tourists in Belle Plaine

    BELLE PLAINE, Iowa- It once drew visitors here from far away. Now the part of the Herring Hotel has fallen into disrepair. A non-profit Herring Hotel Foundation has been formed to try to bring the former hotel back to it’s glory days. When the first ever paved highway across the United States was built, it came right through Belle Plaine, and past the Herring Hotel. It is an early 1900s hotel most famous now on because of its proprietor Will […]

  • Severe Storms Roll Across Iowa–What it Looked Like in Webster City

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa  —  Drivng up I-35, I kept watching the line of storms, thinking it would eventually cross the interstate.  After a while I realized the storms were going north more than east, so I headed west on Highway 20. Right before the Webster City exit to Highway 17 southbound, my iPhone went off telling me there was a tornado warning. I got off by the Webster City Truckstop in case I needed to take shelter. As it was, […]