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
  • Christmas Candle Lady Shares Her Passion in Marshalltown

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa  —  A special Christmas collection 27 years in the making is on display again this year at the Marshalltown Mall. Kathy Anzis has put her 1,400 Christmas candles on display, filling shelves inside a storefront of the mall. “I just was collecting, sort of thinking about the holiday decorations for my own apartment once we got married,” said Anzis. “We got some over here and pretty soon it just kind of snowballed, more and more going to the […]

  • Skilled Trade Event Searching for More Construction Workers in Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  On a national basis, industry construction leaders predict a shortage of around 1.5 million construction workers within five years. The Iowa Association of Builders and Contractors held a competition of construction skills for construction apprentices and for high school students. “This is an annual event that we hold. It showcases our Level 4 Apprentices and what they learned in our apprenticeship program,” said Jenny Shindelar of the Iowa Associated Builders and Contractors. “They get this opportunity to […]

  • Ames Woman Offers Help With Little Free Thrift Shop

    AMES, Iowa- When Lyndsay Nissen of Ames was attending a conference in Kentucky, she saw something which inspired her. She noticed someone had taken the Little Free Library a step up, and opened a Little Free Thrift Shop. Nissen came back to Ames, and noticed a small shed on some property she owns with her husband. “ I love recycling, I thought this is something I could do,” said Nissen. “I had this little shed on the property and it […]

  • Iowa Chamber Alliance Lists 2018 Legislative Priorities

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa Chamber Alliance has released it’s priorities for the upcoming 2018 legislative session. At the top of the list: Tax Reform. “Simply put, Iowa’s tax code is not competitive, and puts Iowa’s businesses at a severe disadvantage,” said Chris McGowan, of the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce. Also the Chamber lists tax credits for economic development as an important tool to attract new firms to Iowa. “Credits are utilized because they are the most accountable form […]

  • Clarion Mystery at the Museum

    CLARION, Iowa  —  At the Heartland Museum in Clarion, there was a reveal of a mystery last Saturday. The public was told to come and view a piece of Iowa history that was donated to the museum. On display was a turn of the century cutter, or open sleigh, which had been fully restored. Lowell Hill donated the restored cutter to Heartland. “The cutter is made by the Garland Buggy Company somewhere between 1898 and 1901,” said Melody Lager of the […]

  • World’s Oldest Pilot From Iowa is Grounded

    RED OAK, Iowa  —  Ernie Smith was recognized as the Guinness Book of World Records’ Oldest Pilot in the World in 2016. Now, after a year of holding that title, he is no longer able to fly. A series of health issues has led to Smith not renewing his medical certification to fly. “The first thing was a heart attack and they called it a mild heart attack, there was no heart damage or anything,” said Smith.  “I was supposed […]

  • Fort Dodge Operation Christmas Coming to an End

    FORT DODGE, Iowa  —  Since the 1960s, Church Women United has worked on Operation Christmas to help the less fortunate at Christmas time. Now, Operation Christmas is in its last year of serving Fort Dodge. The organization, which helps 500 families each Christmas, is concluding operations due to many of the members now being in their 70s and no new blood coming in to help. “This is it for Operation Christmas Church Women United,” said Co-Chair Ruth Reed. “It’s not […]

  • Movie Theater To Reopen At North Grand Mall in Ames

    AMES, Iowa- After being closed since 2014, the North Grand Cinema reopens on Friday December 1. Lee and Diane Akin are the new owners of the theater. They operate a single screen movie theater in Elkader, and a six screen theater in Prairie Du Chien, WI. They decided it would be good to reopen this five screen theater in Ames. “One of the strengths of it is it’s in the mall and mall’s going through a great transition here, it’s […]

  • Central Decatur Teacher Surprised With Milken Excellence Award

    LEON, Iowa- A Central Decatur Teacher has been awarded the 2017-18 Milken Award for Teaching Excellence. The surprise announcement came as Master Teacher, Joni Readout, was given the recognition, which comes with a $25,000 check. The Milken Award means an educator, with the potential to be a leader in the education profession for decades to come, and an educator that is an unsung hero,” said Gary Stark, CEO of the National Center for Excellence in Teaching. Readout is one of […]

  • One of Iowa’s First Roadways Uncovered When Lake Drained

    LOWELL, Iowa  —  The Iowa DNR has drained Lake Geode to remove the silt from the lake bottom. In doing so, the lack of water in the lake has revealed one of Iowa’s first roadways ever built. “The road was one of the first roads in Iowa, and it went from Burlington to the Indian Agency in what is now Agency, Iowa,” said Russ Fry, a Burlington area historian. “It was a major artery for people headed west to settle […]

  • Iowa State University Study Shows Positives For Small Town Iowa

    RADCLIFFE, Iowa  —  A study on rural Iowa conducted by Iowa State University is shining a ray of hope on some small towns that have lost population over the past couple of decades. The study identified 12 towns, which they call “Shrink-Smart.” These towns have lost population, yet still rank high in local quality of life. “People tend to think of rural America as declining. They equate decreases in population with overall decline in quality of life,” said David Peters, […]

  • Knowlton Now a Ghost Town, Remembered Southwest Iowa

    DIAGONAL, Iowa- The former town of Knowlton, in Ringgold County voted to unincorporate in 1926. The town is now, all but gone, but it is still remembered in nearby Diagonal. Arlene Sobotka is a part of the Diagonal Printing Museum, the volunteers running the museum work to gather items of historical interest around the area. Sobotka was so interested in Knowlton, she spent three years working to build a scale model of the town. She contacted people who worked and […]