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 1 grandchild.


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    Geneva Group Giving New Life to Old School Gym

    GENEVA, Iowa — The old Geneva School was last used in 1986 before it was torn down a few years later. Community leaders left the old school gym standing since it was in fairly good shape. But now, the gym is deteriorating. The roof is leaking, and there is water on the floor. Paint is peeling. For former students like Teresa Groniga and Tonya Sanders, seeing the old gym run down is hard. “This gym has a lot of memories. Dance […]

  • Sonny Spaur of the Knoxville Oddfellows presents a check to the Dylan Morse of the Grand Theater Board ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Knoxville Grand Theater Planning the Next Level

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa — The Knoxville Grand Theater Monday accepted a $1,000 check from the Knoxville Odd Fellows Club. The theater has undergone a major renovation by a non-profit board and raised $500,000 towards the project. The theater opened late last year to showing first-run movies on two screens. The movie house now also has a general manager to run the operation, but also counts on volunteers to help sell movie tickets. The Grand Theater is now looking at raising money […]

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    Over a Month Out Tulips Not in Bloom in Pella

    PELLA, Iowa — The nice warm and alternating cold weather has not caused any tulips to bloom in Pella. The plants are growing, but not yet blooming. The city plants 102,000 tulip bulbs in the fall, and are removed and replaced with annual flowers after the big Tulip Time event. The city works to assure tulips bloom during the event by planting a variety of bulbs. Some bloom early, and some bloom late so people visiting Pella will have some […]

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    Greenfield Woman Remembers Her Dad’s Legacy of Time

    GREENFIELD, Iowa — A Greenfield man dedicated his golden years to hand-carving clocks, and now his daughter is sharing his passion with her community. If you stop by Greenfield City Hall, you’ll see they appreciate time. City Clerk Becky Haase likes to keep some reminders of her late father in her office. “Kind of my joke, this is the Don Patterson memorial clock museum,” she laughed. In her office, Haase has five beautifully crafted clocks her dad carved and sawed with […]

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    Nearly 1 Foot of Snow Reported in Kossuth County

    ALGONA, Iowa — Iowans in Kossuth County woke up Thursday to not just a few inches of snow, but nearly a foot. KLGA Radio, just west of Algona, reported having 11 inches of snow. “Usually in late March, we’ll have a big storm remember a few years back we had one in May was a terrible storm. So not an unusual occurrence at all for northern Iowa to have a foot of snow, usually heavy wet snow this time of […]

  • Data from Iowa Water Attitude Survey at the Iowa Water Conference in Ames (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowans Concerned About Water Quality in New Attitude Survey

    AMES, Iowa — A survey of Iowa attitudes about water finds that 83% percent of Iowans would be willing to pay at least $10 per year in fees or taxes to help improve Iowa’s Water. “One of the questions we asked was looking at if individuals would be willing to pay $10 in taxes and fees. 83 percent of Iowans would be willing to pay something to improve water quality in the state,” said Andrew Stephenson of the University of […]

  • ISU Students Crossing Lincolnway to get to classes (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa State Plans Study on Pedestrian Safety Along Lincoln Way

    AMES, Iowa — The City of Ames is considering partnering with Iowa State University on a study of pedestrian safety along Lincoln Way. The Ames City Council Tuesday will consider helping to fund 50 percent of the $100,000 study. The SRF Consulting Group proposes to study the road from University on the east to Sheldon on the west. It’s a stretch that covers 10 intersections. Video cameras will be used to help get an idea of vehicle and pedestrian traffic […]

  • Law enforcement officers and Emergency Management personnel were in Nevada learning about using senior volunteers in times of need (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Law Enforcement Looking to Senior Volunteers In Crisis Time

    NEVADA, Iowa — Emergency services managers and law enforcement officers came to Story County to learn how to organize volunteer help in times of need. Officials at the Story County Sheriff’s Office have been working with the Central Iowa Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) to help in case volunteers are needed in a search for missing children. The 55 or 65-plus seniors are available to help organize a volunteer center for people who turn out wanting to do something to […]

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    Man Rescued After Falling Out of Kayak

    AMES, Iowa — A kayaker was rescued from freezing waters Monday. The Ames Fire Department was dispatched to Ada Hayden Park, on the city’s north side, just after 5 p.m. Witnesses walking around the lake called authorities after noticing a man hanging off his kayak about 200 yards from shore. Ames Police Lt. Dan Walter said a man fell out of the kayak and was struggling. It is estimated that he was in the water for about 40 minutes until he […]

  • Coach Steve Prohm talks preparation for Virginia in the Sweet 16 Tourney. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Cyclones Moving Past Denver Games, Focused on Virginia in Sweet 16

    AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State Cyclones are back home after moving on to the Sweet 16 in Denver on Saturday with a 78-61 win over Arkansas-Little Rock. The team is not practicing Monday to rest their legs and are only watching video of their next opponent, No. 1 seed Virginia. Iowa State’s matchup with the Cavaliers will be on Friday at 6:10 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. “You have to treat it as the next game,” […]

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    Taste of Iowa at Arizona Spring Training

    MESA, Arizona — Iowans watching Chicago Cubs spring training games experience a little of Chicago and Iowa. Sloan Park was designed with elements of Wrigley Field, including similar light towers, and a rooftop section. Also, Chicago hotdogs can be bought at the concession stands. One food truck brings a taste of Iowa to the event. Iowa Chuckies Famous Breaded Pork Tenderloins are also for sale. Chuck Cox retired from his restaurant bar in DeWitt and came to Mesa on vacation. […]

  • Tammy Berry, Greenfield, 8/2/15

    National Weather Service Recruiting Severe Weather Spotters

    ALBIA, Iowa — An E-F1 tornado touched down in Albia last June and traveled 25 miles, damaging homes and businesses in its path. Albia also had a close call when another tornado struck nearby on Nov. 11, which damaged a Wal-Mart and some homes in Knoxville. In preparation for this year’s severe weather season, the National Weather Service hosted a workshop in Albia to prepare Iowans for future storms. The Albia Fire Station hosted a gathering Wednesday of local firefighters […]

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