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
  • Board of Regents Considers Another Tuition Increase for State Universities

    URBANDALE, Iowa  —  The Iowa Board of Regents conducted an initial hearing and reading of a proposed 3% increase for in-state undergraduate residents. This is added to a 2% increase passed by the Regents last December. The increases became necessary after state lawmakers cut the Regents’ budget by $30 million dollars. “This personally, this $358 increase in tuition for me is still extra hours I have to work, extra things I have to do to make sure that I can […]

  • Seymour Gets State Loan to Pay For Tornado Cleanup

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa Executive Council has approved a loan for the town of Seymour to help with cleanup of damage after an EF-2 tornado. The Council approved the loan for $284,287. In a letter of application through Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department, Mayor Caleb Housh wrote that 6 weeks after the tornado, there is still cleanup work to be done. “We had many residents that were underinsured, or uninsured, that suffered damage to their home and […]

  • Fort Madison Prison Tour Highlights Question Over Future Use

    FORT MADISON, Iowa  —  Hundreds of people are expected to be in Fort Madison this weekend to tour the former Iowa State Penitentiary. “We had a new warden start in February and she has decided to allow tours to the general public on Sunday, May 7th,” said Rebecca Bowker, who is the spokesperson for the penitentiary. “We’re anticipating keeping it around 30 minutes, so we will have a lot of people here that day, so it’s important that we keep […]

  • Tulip Time Dancers and Singers Work Year Round for This Weekend

    PELLA, Iowa- People flock by the thousands to Pella’s Tulip Time each May.  Most want to know how the weather-impacted tulips are doing. This year, the answer is ok.  Cold wet weather slowed down some of the flowers, and they are at peak bloom this weekend. Tulip Time is more than just some pretty flowers for some who live here year round. For the Dutch Family Singers Tulip Time is the culmination of work the rest of the year. “We’re  […]

  • Cedar Bridge Fire Not Stopping Tourists from Visiting Madison County

    WINTERSET, Iowa- Even though one of the Covered Bridges of Madison County has been burned in a fire, visitors are still coming like usual. Fire destroyed Cedar Bridge on April 15th. This was a replacement bridge for the original Cedar Bridge which also was destroyed in a fire in 2002. “I would say we not have any sort of impact negatively,” said Heather Riley, who is the Executive Director of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce. “We certainly had a […]

  • Healthy Living May Depend on Where You Live

    AMES, Iowa  —  When it comes to being the Healthiest State in the Nation, Iowans may find a determining factor in how healthy people are is where they live. At the annual conference for Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative, leaders discussed ways to make healthy living more accessible. “People who have access to sidewalks are more likely to be active, it’s fairly simple,” said Philip Boss, of Active Living By Design. “We also know that low-income communities don’t have the same […]

  • Ames Marks Arbor Day Planting Trees

    AMES, Iowa  —  Arbor Day was marked with a tree planting at Parkview Park in Ames. Four trees were planted in this non-traditional park, which is located away from roads in a housing development off Buchanan Drive. The planting effort is a cooperation between Trees Forever and the City of Ames. “As agriculture has taken over more land, development has taken over land, trees are taken down and they need to be replaced,” said Dianne Brotherson of Ames Trees Forever. […]

  • Record Interest in Running for Office: Carrie Chapman Catt Center

    AMES, Iowa  —  For ten years, Iowa State University’s Carrie Chapman Catt Center has hosted events called Ready to Run. These are a series of sessions designed to give women who are thinking of running for public office a glimpse into what is involved. The course is also open to men, and a few do attend. “We’ve had record turnout this year,” said Dianne Bystrom, the director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center at ISU. “Our goal is to recruit […]

  • 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 […]