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
  • DOT Garage closed at the end of August, held a garage sale at Corning (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa DOT Holds Garage Sale at Closed Facilities

    CORNING, Iowa — The Iowa DOT is holding garage sales around the state in the wake of closing seven maintenance garages and two driver’s license stations. The Corning property had a few odds and ends to sell, including shelves, liquid storage tanks, a mower and some small tools. “Just trying to make it simple and cost-effective for the department,” said Chad Rumbaugh, Disposal Manager for the DOT. “Instead of stuff coming all the way to Ames for a DOT sale, […]

  • Dayton Rodeo in Dayton Iowa (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Dayton Rodeo: A Family Labor Day Weekend Tradition

    DAYTON, Iowa — The 79th edition of the Dayton Rodeo is an occasion for cowboys to win some prizes and families to keep an annual tradition here. The Dayton Wranglers made up of young women cowgirls, rode a formation to get the afternoon show underway. Spectators sit on a huge hillside, where there are many stories of people coming for years. Two brothers from Rutland, Iowa, have been coming for many years. “We’ve been coming here off and on since […]

  • Madrid's State Champiojn Football and Track teams road a float to honor the late coach, Randy Hinkel. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Madrid Labor Day Parade Honors Legendary Coach Hinkel

    MADRID, Iowa — Coach Randy Hinkel was honored at the annual Madrid Labor Day Parade Monday. The legendary Madrid Coach passed away last December of a heart attack. Members of the coach’s family rode as Grand Marshall in the Parade. “This is a rather big day for the town to celebrate one more time Randy’s life, and what he did to the community,” said Jim Bingman, who was on a committee which hired Hinkel to come to Madrid. “Not only […]

  • Fire damaged a home on North Dakota, in Ames Monday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Ames House Damaged in Labor Day Fire

    AMES, Iowa – The Ames Fire Department was called to a house fire near the intersection of Lincolnway and North Dakota on Labor Day. The call came around 7:30 a.m. and firefighters found smoke coming out of a home. A fire apparently started in an underground garage. Fire Chief Shawn Bayouth said a cause of the fire hasn’t been determined. The fire burned up through the floor causing it to collapse. Firefighters did not find anyone at home and there […]

  • Governor Terry Branstad problaiming Lucas County as a Home Base Iowa County (Roger Rikey WHO-HD)

    Lucas County Proclaimed Home Base Iowa Ready

    CHARITON, Iowa – Lucas County was named Friday as a Home Base Iowa Community. Governor Terry Branstad was in Chariton to make the announcement. “I would first like to thank Lucas County and the city of Chariton for supporting the program the over 20 local businesses your pledge support of this program,” said Mariah Pierschbacher, Executive Director of Lucas County Development. Lucas County businesses are offering discounts for goods and services for veterans who either visit or move to the area. […]

  • Evelyn Tierney, (L) and Susan Fulton at the Melrose Merchantile Friday (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Fight to Save a Small Town Iowa Building Launches a Needed, New Business

    MELROSE, Iowa — One woman’s work to save an old building in her hometown has caused a new business to spring up. It’s one sorely needed in the town of Melrose. Evelyn Tierney has been meeting with Monroe County Development officials to seek a grant to fix up an old bank building in Melrose. “I went into David Johnson, he’s with the Albia Industrial Development Corporation,” said Tierney. “It’s gambling money that every county who does not have a casino […]

  • Ride and Drive at the Farm Progress Show (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Hands On At The Farm Progress Show

    BOONE, Iowa- The Farm Progress Show has concluded it’s 3 day run for 2016. The show saw sunny weather the last two days. There are some 600 exhibitors to visit while at the event, but only five offer people a real hands on experience with their product. The Ride and Drive area features Dodge Ram, Chevrolet, Yamaha,Titan Tire, and Michelin Tires. At each stop people are asked to sign a waiver, and in one case don boots and a helmet. […]

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    Driver-less Tractor Unveiled at Farm Progress Show

    BOONE, Iowa — At the 2016 Farm Progress Show, Case IH Corporation of Racine, Wisconsin, has unveiled a driver-less tractor. The tractor has no seat or steering wheel. It’s only a concept vehicle at this point, it is not for sale, nor has the company even named a price on this tractor. “This was the opportunity to kind of bring out this next generation, an autonomous concept vehicle,” said Nate Weinkauf, of Case IH. “We really want to get some […]

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    Farm Progress Show: New Thinking on Traditional Combine

    BOONE, Iowa — An Indiana farmer had an idea which he hopes will change the way corn is harvested. He invented something called the Tribine, a huge combine, which is hinged in the middle with a 1000 bushel grain cart attached on the back side. The idea is to eliminate the need for a tractor and operator and grain cart to drive beside the combine. The Tribine will pull beside a semi-truck, and unload a full 1,000 bushels into the […]

  • Greater Des Moines Partnership announcing Sponsors for the Ag Accelerator (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Des Moines Partnership Gets Ag Accelerator Off the Ground

    BOONE, Iowa — The Greater Des Moines Partnership Tuesday announced four investors to support a new startup business accelerator. The effort would focus on encouraging new technologies in the agriculture sector. The new sponsors are DuPont Pioneer, Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company, John Deere, and Peoples Company. “The accelerator will leverage entrepreneurial activity that will advance the future of agriculture, by accelerating the growth of startups that are cultivating cutting-edge technology,” said Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines […]

  • Farm Progress Show opened a 3 day run near Boone (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Farm Progress Show Opens On Dry Ground Near Boone

    BOONE, Iowa — The 2016 Farm Progress Show has opened at the Expo Grounds near Boone. The 63rd Farm Progress Show hosts 600 exhibitors and could draw 160,000 people to the show. Often the show attendance hinges on the weather. On Monday, the Ames Airport area got around three inches of rain, that heavy rain did not fall at the Expo site. There are only a few small mud  puddles on the Expo Grounds for day one of the show. […]

  • Warden Plaza Hotel in downtown Fort Dodge. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    City of Fort Dodge Looks To Redevelop Vacant Downtown Hotel

    FORT DODGE, Iowa- The City of Fort Dodge is looking to develop a vacant hotel in downtown, which once provided luxury housing, and shopping. Over the past number of years, Warden Plaza, has stood vacant. During the past few months several developers have come forward showing interest in developing the old building into housing. “We definitely have a need for market rate multi family housing,” said City Manager David Fierke. “We’ve done housing studies that indicate that is probably our […]