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
  • Chad Sutter of Polk City is the new Iowa State Fair Yodeling Champ. (RogerRiley WHO-HD)

    Iowa State Fair Yodeling Champ Practiced While Driving Truck

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Fair yodeling contest was won by a first-time entrant Thursday in Heritage Hall. Chad Sutter of Polk City has been yodeling about five years. He was inspired by attending the yodeling contests at the Iowa State Fair. “I learned to yodel just watching YouTube videos and then just sing-along,” said Sutter. “Being able to play the guitar really helps, a lot is to just to be able to hear the tune and stay […]

  • Jan Mickelson returns to the microphone at WHO Radio Thursday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Jan Mickelson is Back on Air at WHO Radio

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Longtime WHO Radio talk show host Jan Mickelson returned to the microphone Thursday at the WHO Radio iHeart Studio at the Iowa State Fair. Mickelson suffered a stroke last November and guest hosts have been filling in. Mickelson announced that he will return to his show on a limited basis, from 11-11:30 a.m. each day. Mickelson spent several months in China going through herbal and acupuncture therapy. He said the doctor there told him they used […]

  • Michael Christiansen, of KIOA Radio throws the winning Cow Chip at the Iowa State Fair (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    State Fair Winning Cowchip Throw Traveled 84 Feet and 9 Inches

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Wednesday is Older Iowan’s Day at the Iowa State Fair. Many older Iowans and those of all ages were on Heritage Hill today for the annual Cow Chip Throwing Contest. The Media Division contest this year went to Michael Christiansen, Promotions Director at KIOA Radio. He had a toss of 84 feet and nine inches. Some thought he may have scratched going over the white line when he released the chip. A video replay showed the 2016 […]

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    Iowa State Fair Visit to Dairy Cow Milking-Outhouse Races

    DES MOINES, Iowa- A visit to the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday, one could take in horses, dairy cow milking, the Photo Salon, and Outhouse Races. These events plus a few other stops on Tuesday.

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    Iowa State Fair: Belgian Horse Show, Giant Pumpkins, Model Elevator

    DES MOINES, Iowa — On the grand concourse the governor proclaimed the benefits of wind energy, lease income to farmers, construction jobs, and generating clean energy.he said the state is now also focusing on developing solar energy. He said the state is now also focusing on developing solar energy. “Today is Renewable Energy Day,” said Governor Terry Branstad. “In Iowa, I can’t think of a better place to do it here at the Iowa State Fair.” Early Tuesday morning, the […]

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    State Fair: Veteran’s Day, Cattle Show, Fair Wear, and Accordion Contest

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Fair had a lot to see for fairgoers on Monday. It was Veteran’s Day at the fair. A huge parade came down the Grand Concourse and circled back through the fairgrounds. Also this day: A beef show, your Iowa State Fair wear, and Accordion Contest.

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    Iowa State Fair: A Day to Honor Veterans

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Monday has been set aside by the Iowa State Fair Board as a day to honor veterans. Retired Col. Robert King, Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, called all veterans to step out of the crowd onto Grand Avenue where they could be recognized by hundreds of applauding fairgoers. A parade was held, which included military color and band marching units, and a 20-by-38 foot garrison sized flag, which was purchased by the Iowa […]

  • Justin Nall of Corwith starts up a John Deere B he restored in the FFA competition (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Classics in the Rain At the Iowa State Fair

      DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa State Fair was a day for some classics int he rain. The Concrete Crusiers lined the Grand Concourse with their classic cars. Usually the 85 members of this group don’t like to take their shiny cars out in the rain. “No we don’t like it in the rain at all when roads are wet we usually don’t even drive them,” said Gary Pullen, President of the Concrete Cruisers. “I think we’ve been doing it […]

  • The Wikner Family from Farmersburg with "Fred" the World's Largest Boar (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa State Fair Names “Fred” Largest Boar

    DES MOINES, Iowa- On the First Day of the Iowa State Fair the Largest Boar was named.  “Fred” was raised by the Wikner Family from Farmersburg, in northeast Iowa. “Fred” tipped the scales at 1155 pounds.  The Texas State Fair often has a bigger boar than Iowa.  They called and said, they have no animal bigger. Fred has now been named the world’s largest boar. Nine boars from Iowa competed for the honor at the State Fair Hog Barn.

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    Rain Doesn’t Stop History Walk at the Iowa State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Early in the morning on the first day of the Iowa State Fair some 200 people gathered for a walk with two purposes. One was the Healthiest State Initiative, hoping to get Iowans to walk, and be healthier.  The other was a tour of the history of the Iowa State Fair.    Both tours were done together. About 20 minutes into the tour the skies opened up and the tour then sought shelter in the Ag Building and […]

  • Mike Meinders, Board Member of the Voyage Home Museum in Riverside. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa Star Trek Museum Planning Bronze Statue of James T. Kirk

    RIVERSIDE, Iowa — This week at the Iowa State Fair, the famous Butter Cow has some other famous company from the future: The cast of the show Start Trek. That’s been well received at the Riverside museum devoted to the show. “On the butter cow, I don’t know how that came about doing that, but I’m glad they did,” said Mike Meinders of the Voyage Home Museum Board. “Somebody apparently knows something about Star Trek, that this is the 50th […]

  • Dakota Access Staging Area near Boone (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Incoming Pipeline Workers Searching Hard for Housing Around Boone

    BOONE, Iowa — Finding short-term housing in Boone will be very hard over the next several months. Boone is a construction staging site for the Dakota Access pipeline. Kurt Phillips, Executive Director of the Boone Chamber of Commerce, has been talking to local hotels, mobile home courts, and campgrounds to seek space for the workers. He said he heard 600-800 workers could be coming to the area for several months. “We’re getting constant inquiries at the Chamber of Commerce related […]