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
  • Peace Rock Unearthed Campus Customs from a Century Past

    GRINNELL, Iowa- This week Grinnell College has uncovered a piece of it’s past. It’s called the Peace Rock. It was found buried on the central part of campus for over 100 years. No one even knew it was there, until recently. Local historian Byron Hueftle-Worley, of Grinnell was reading an old newspaper from the area which mentioned a dynamite blast on campus in 1914. “That got me a little bit excited because usually don’t have dynamite going off on campuses,” […]

  • Alliant Natural Gas Generation Plant Now Operating in Marshalltown

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa  —  A new natural gas-powered generating station in Marshalltown began operations on April 1st. The new plant cost $645 million to build, and 1,200 workers were involved in construction. The plant will have over 20 workers, and at any given time the facility can run with just two employees on duty. “This is cranking out around 650 megawatts,” said Justin Foss of Alliant Energy. “That’s enough to power half a million homes right here in Iowa.” “Exciting day to […]

  • Climate March Across Iowa Encounters Mixed Opinions on Climate Change

    MONTEZUMA, Iowa  —  Ed Fallon has marched hundreds of miles in Iowa and other states for causes related to the environment and climate change, but he had never seen the unfriendly hand gestures that greeted him this week. Fallon, who serves as the director of Bold Iowa, organized this march.  A group is going from Deep River, Iowa, to the State Capitol, marching 10-12 miles every day. Each night they hold a dinner and invite local community members for a […]

  • Madison County Covered Bridge Burned Again

    WINTERSET, Iowa- Fire early Saturday has destroyed the Cedar Covered Bridge near Winterset. Around 6 am a caller reported the Cedar Covered Bridge was on fire. According to a news release from Madison County Sheriff Jason Barnes crews found the bridge fully engulfed in flames. An investigation is underway as to how the fire was started. Anyone with information is asked to call Madison County Sheriff’s Office 515-462-3575. This is the second time the Cedar Bridge has burned down. The […]

  • Osceola Mayor Running Across Iowa to Raise Fitness Funding

    OSCEOLA, Iowa  —  The Mayor of Osceola has issued a challenge to help his community raise money for a new recreation center. He is challenging the community to raise $250,000 by August. If that happens, he will run from the Minnesota border across Iowa to the Missouri border, for an approximate total of 225 miles north to south. Thomas Kedley has been the mayor of Osceola for two years and understands the importance of healthy lifestyle. He weighed over 300 […]

  • Senator Ernst Supports President Surgical Syria Strike on Iowa Tour

    ELDORA, Iowa- Senator Joni Ernst made her first ever visit to the State Training School for Boys in Eldora. While at the school Ernst said she supports President Trump’s bombing of Syria, after a chemical weapons attack. Ernst had spoken out against action in Syria under President Obama. “I support the surgical strike, I know that it was in direct action to the chemical attack on the people by President Bashar al-Assad,” said Ernst. “And again, a surgical strike, I […]

  • Newton Convention and Visitors Bureau to Suspend Operation

    NEWTON, Iowa  —  The Newton Convention and Visitors Bureau has announced it will suspend operations as of April 28th. The CVB came to this conclusion after funding avenues to the organization were closed. “Funding was from hotel-motel or transient tax, distributed from the city, and they decided to defund the Newton Convention and Visitors Bureau, so kind of an obvious choice, although difficult,” said Annette West, Interim Director of the Newton CVB. “They have a marketing person at the city […]

  • Iowa DOT Looking Down the Road At I-35 Widening Ankeny to Ames

    AMES, Iowa  —  The Iowa DOT is seeking public ideas on a plan to widen I-35 from Ankeny to Ames. The DOT District One Office is holding a public informational session at the Ballard High School on Tuesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. “The meeting is to show the public two of the alternatives we’ve developed,” said Tony Gustafson, Assistant Engineer for the DOT’s District One Office. “We’ll have a display showing rough alignments, the east alternative and west alternative […]

  • Holy Week Christian Service Held in State Capitol Rotunda

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A Holy Week worship service was held in the rotunda of the Iowa Capitol on Monday. The Christian service is marking Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter. This week Christians celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. “Those who serve in government are his ministers. We have several legislators joining us here,” said Greg Baker, of the Family Leader. “They are ministers of God in this building. We are here to worship the creator […]

  • Planned Parenthood Presents Petitions of Support to Lawmakers

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A delegation from Planned Parenthood paid a visit to legislative leaders on Monday to deliver petitions in support of the organization. The group stopped in the office of Speaker Linda Upmeyer, where a representative of her office accepted the petitions that had over 8,000 signatures. “We are here today because in this year’s legislative session we have seen an unprecedented level of attacks against reproductive and sexual health here in Iowa,” said Suzanna de Baca, President/CEO […]

  • Veterans Administration Opens New Outpatient Clinic in Knoxville

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa  —  The Veterans Administration has opened a new community-based outpatient clinic in Knoxville. This replaces an old clinic in a building built in the 1800s as a part of the former VA Hospital. The new clinic came about after approximately 10 years of working with the VA. The building was constructed in about a year. “The people of Knoxville have been waiting for a new clinic for several years,” said Gail Graham, CEO of the VA Central Iowa […]

  • Pella Keeps Tulip Bloom Watchers Informed

    PELLA, Iowa  —  Whenever the nice weather breaks out in Pella, residents are constantly asked one question. “Will the tulips be in bloom for tulip time?” is the most common version. The people at the Chamber, the City of Pella, or even shop owners downtown all get that question. Now, the city is posting an online map for people to keep up-to-date not only on the overall tulip progress, but bed-by-bed around town. “What the map does, is it has some […]