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
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    Iowa National Guard Training with Unmanned Aircraft at Boone Airport

    BOONE, Iowa — For the past month, people around the Boone Airport have may have noticed a strange-looking aircraft. The Iowa National Guard has a new unmanned aircraft which they are using to train for troops in combat situations. The drone is used to scout where enemy troops may be heading. It’s called the RQ-7B Shadow Aircraft. It is flown from inside the control room on an army vehicle. Pilots use a keyboard and a mouse to send the drone […]

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    Diagonal Community Turns Out to Help Bring in the Harvest

    DIAGONAL, Iowa – A small army of farmers and families gathered Saturday to finish the harvest for one local farmer who was going through a difficult time. Jim Routh has been battling cancer, and getting away to Chicago for treatments had kept the crop from getting harvested. Saturday, a row of combines combed the corn and bean fields dumping the harvest into a row of waiting trucks to haul the harvest away.  The harvest had 17 combines, 20 semi trucks, […]

  • The Iowa DOT will create a scenic by-way in Madison County. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Madison County Finishing Plans for Bridge Scenic By-Way

    WINTERSET, Iowa- This week Governor Branstad announced through the Iowa DOT that three new scenic by-ways were being created. One is the Bridges Scenic by-way in Madison County. The new route will be an 82 mile tour, which will be marked with by-way signs. The tour will also include the John Wayne Birthplace, as well as bridges and scenic roads. The idea locally was hatched by Madison County Conservation Director Jim Liechty. The community got behind the idea. It took […]

  • Cubs "W" flags flying alongside Cyclone banners at Jack Trice (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Cyclone Fans Look to Cub Fans for Hope

    AMES, Iowa — Cyclone Fans Thursday were gathering for a tailgate before the Oklahoma game at Jack Trice Stadium. Among all the Cyclone flags, you could spot a few “W” flags flying in celebration of the biggest win the Cubs have had in over 100 years in winning Game 7 of the World Series. Last week Sports Illustrated ran a story comparing Iowa State Football to the Chicago Cubs, for lack of big wins, and a loyal fan base. Fans […]

  • Iowa State Senior Guard Monte Morris talks to reporters Tuesday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Cyclones Still Working on Defense With Season Opener Sunday

    AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State men’s basketball team will open their 2016-17 season on Nov. 6 with a game at home against Sioux Falls. Last Sunday, the Cyclone men faced Nebraska in a closed scrimmage in Ames. At a Tuesday afternoon media availability, head coach Steve Prohm was asked to assess the team at this point. “Offensively we scored a lot of points, defensively we got a lot of work to do that’s it In a nutshell,” said Prohm. […]

  • Jennie's State Fair Grinder signs will be auctioned on Saturday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    State Fair Memories of Jennie’s Grinders Auctioned on Saturday

    DES MOINES, Iowa — One slice of memories of the Iowa State Fair will be on sale this weekend. Dvorak Auction Company at 3920 Dixon in Des Moines has a group of signs pulled from the property of the late JoAnne Sample. She is the woman who was behind the stands at the Fair. She and her husband founded Sample Concessions at fairs and festivals around Iowa. At the State Fair, she also operated Karla’s Korner and the Watermelon Stand. […]

  • Governor Branstad joins Newton leaders for the announcement of an $8 million dollar gift to DMACC (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Former Maytag Facilities Donated to DMACC in Newton

    NEWTON, Iowa — The former Maytag facilities in Newton will now become part of the Des Moines Area Community College campus. The $8 million donation is from Reza Kargarzadeh, President and Founder of Engineering Plastics Components. Kargarzadeh said his business was growing, and he wanted to spend more time on operations, with 15 plants in 10 states and Mexico. “When I looked at where do we want to give this beautiful campus to DMACC was the one that we start […]

  • Lanyon Covenant Church will close its doors this weekend.

    Long History of Webster County Church Will Come to An End This Weekend

    LANYON, Iowa- This weekend the Lanyon Evangelical Covenant Church was founded in 1877. This weekend the church will conduct it’s final service. The congregation voted to close after this week, and tear down the building where they have met for years. “Lanyon Covenant Church has reluctantly, but unanimously voted to close the church,” from a statement on the church website. The church has seen it’s membership decline over the years. The congregation will hold a final all church dinner at […]

  • In Fort Dodge this weekend tours of the abandoned Warden Plaza Hotel. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Details on Tour Opportunity of Abandoned Hotel in Fort Dodge

    FORT DODGE, Iowa- Details are being released about a tour this weekend of the landmark Warden Plaza hotel, which has been abandoned for years. The City of Fort Dodge is opening the doors to the old hotel, not to be spooky for Halloween, but rather to give people a look at the history of Fort Dodge. “Its been run down it hasn’t been used for a number of years,” said City Councilman Terry Moehnke. “It’s in bad shape, and I […]

  • Trick or Treat started Thursday afternoon in the Somerset area of Ames (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Trick or Treat Season Underway With Afternoon Session in Ames

    AMES, Iowa — Trick or Treat night, also known as Beggar’s Night, will take place next Monday night. but in Ames this afternoon Halloween 2016 kicks off. However, in Ames Thursday afternoon, Halloween 2016 kicks off. Some 25 businesses in the Somerset neighborhood are opening their doors and filling the candy bowls for neighborhood kids. “Somerset is really really taking off, it’s really growing and what makes it exciting, is there are so many different businesses around here,” said Lindsey […]

  • Holmes Hummel, former Energy Policy Advisor at the US Dept. of Energy spoke in Altoona Wedneday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa Group Touts More Awareness of Energy Efficiency

    ALTOONA, Iowa – The Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency has been working for the past 29 years in the state to encourage more energy-efficient projects. The group hosted the annual Energy Summit Wednesday with a call for Iowa contractors, energy product vendors, energy companies and others to look for ways to increase the profile of energy efficiency in the state. Iowa has been known for wind energy, and now more solar, and this group wants to make sure people know […]

  • Cubs World Series gear has arrived at Principal Park (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa Cubs Shop Doing Business in October Thanks to World Series

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Cubs don’t normally see a lot of business in the I-Cubs shop in the month of October. But this year is different. As merchandise arrives, so do Cub fans wanting to pick up a World Series hat or sweatshirt. “I was down here yesterday and it hadn’t arrived,” said Chuck Conrad of Clive. “I called this morning to see if they got anything in and they did have some hats and sweatshirts in.” “It’s […]