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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 1 grandchild.


Recent Articles
  • Tina Coffelt, ISU Assistant Professor in English and Communication Studies (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    ISU Study Finds Oral Communication as Top Skill Sought by Employers

    AMES, Iowa — A new study by Iowa State University has found the number one skill sought by employers of new college grads is verbal communication. “We’ve been interested in workplace communication skills, and what that means to employers,” said Tina Coffelt, Assistant Professor in English and Communications studies at Iowa State University. “I think people in higher education have an understanding, employers have an understanding, and I’m really interested to find out if we mean the same thing.” When […]

  • The former Vincent Elementary School will be demolished with help from an Iowa DNR grant. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Small Towns Across Iowa Receiving Help to Remove Old Buildings

    VINCENT, Iowa — The Town of Vincent is using an Iowa Department of Natural Resources grant to help remove an old building in town. Vincent is planning to remove the building, in order to make room for new homes to be built. The town is planning to remove an old elementary school, which closed in 1981. The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program is targeting Iowa communities of 5,000 people or under. The towns can remove or renovate the old buildings. […]

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    Fort Dodge Frontier Days Celebration Continues Amid Sadness

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — This weekend the 42nd Annual Frontier Days Celebration and parade will take place, amid some sadness among those who plan the event. On March 16, a car accident in Missouri claimed the lives of Ken Friday and Chon Rushton. “They were in a serious car accident on the way down to a trade show in St. Louis.” said Kurt Lowe, who is on the Frontier Days Committee. “They were hit head-on by a guy who crossed the […]

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    Fire Destroys Two Buildings on Webster County Farm

    WEBSTER COUNTY, Iowa- Firefighters were called to a farm on 290th Street in Webster County.  Fire crews from Otho, Callender, and Gowrie came to fight the fire. An employee of a septic business also located on the farm said they came out for lunch and noticed  the buildings engulfed in flames.  It is believed the buildings were no longer used for farming.

  • Andrea Mouton (L) and Kristin Roach work on mixing tea for sale at their Ames store, Little Woods Teas and Herbs. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames Store Born From the Love of Tea

    AMES, Iowa — For Kristin M. Roach, the love of tea had her marketing tea and herbs online far before she ever thought to sell them in a store. “When you drink a cup of tea, you’re hydrating yourself. There’s often a lot of really healthy things in it: Vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants,” said Roach. “More and more studies are coming out showing that tea is related to helping people lose weight and all those kinds of things. Roach only sold her […]

  • Iowa Quilt Museum has opened in Winterset. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa Quilt Museum Opens in Winterset

    WINTERSET, Iowa — The Iowa Quilt Museum has opened on the square in downtown Winterset. The project began when some local residents thought a quilt museum would be a good thing to have in the town. The purpose of the museum is to promote the understanding of quilting history in the United States,the venue will also feature different styles of quilting found in the Midwest. “The Iowa Quilt Museum is not a collecting museum we are a display museum only,  we’ll […]

  • John Wayne's Childhood residence at 717 Jackson in Brooklyn, IA (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Brooklyn Marking the Past Residence of John Wayne in Town

    BROOKLYN, Iowa — A ceremony will be held Saturday, May 28 at 2:30 p.m. to mark a home where actor John Wayne once lived. Wayne lived in the house at 717 Jackson Street in Brooklyn a couple of different times, starting in 1913. A plaque and cut-out of a John Wayne figure will be unveiled. His father was a druggist, and moved frequently for better jobs. An article in this month’s Iowa History Magazine has traced roots of Marion Morrison, […]

  • Woman was rescued from stalled car East 7th and Walnut in Atlantic (Courtesy: Mike Anderson)

    Woman Pulled from Her Car in Atlantic Flooding

    ATLANTIC, Iowa — Heavy rains caused some street flooding in Atlantic late Thursday afternoon and evening, prompting at least one rescue. A woman had to be pulled from her car where water was several feet deep at the intersection of East 7th Street and Walnut Street, where her car stalled in the water. Mike Anderson took a photo of several people helping the driver get to safety. Highway 6 was closed for about an hour, where about 6 inches of water […]

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    Chefs Meet Producers in Farm-to-Table Food Tour

    NEVADA, Iowa — A tour group today was visiting area farms on a unique mission. That is to get to know the people and methods of food production on Iowa farms. The Iowa Beef Industry Council, along with Midwest Dairy invited some culinary instructors from community colleges around the state to give them a look at where food comes from. “It’s an ongoing discussion, on how cattle is raised, what’s good what’s bad, there’s always going to be a debate,” […]

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    DNR Has Reminders for Boaters At Start of Watercraft Season

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is trying to head off a problem on Iowa waters. The DNR is reminding boaters to take proper care of their craft by removing weeds, draining and drying boats prior to moving to a new body of water. The problem can come from zebra mussels or Eurasian watermilfoil. They can impact local species as they grow quickly as there are no natural controls on the species. “There’s a number of different […]

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    Ames Hospital Enters Agreement to Save Marshalltown Hospital

    AMES, Iowa — A partnership between two central Iowa hospitals could keep one of them from closing. Central Iowa Healthcare in Marshalltown has lost millions of dollars over recent years. That’s one of the reasons it wants to join forces with Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. The announcement was made Tuesday at the outpatient facility in Marshalltown. Officials said healthcare systems across the country, especially independent hospitals like Central Iowa Healthcare, are faced with many challenges. “Healthcare systems across […]

  • Salvation Army workers and residents are allowed to return to the building after a gas leak caused evacuation.(Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Gas Leak Causes Des Moines Salvation Army to be Evacuated

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Salvation Army warehouse, store and residential facility on East Court Avenue was evacuated Tuesday morning due to a natural gas leak. Crews in the warehouse bumped a pipe, which caused a puncture in a gas line. Ten workers in the warehouse were evacuated along with 65 residents of the men’s residential facility. Salvation Army officials say MidAmerican Energy crews were working just a block away when the gas leak happened and were able to respond […]

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