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
  • Amish Farms Rebuild After Tornado Strikes Four Farms

    SEYMOUR, Iowa  —  Rebuilding is well underway on farms in Wayne County, after an EF-2 tornado struck Monday night. The twister also damaged the school and homes in Seymour. Four Amish farms as far as six miles southwest of town were damaged. Vernon Mullet’s farm had three buildings destroyed, including his house, a barn, and a huge shop used to build wooded trusses for metal steel buildings. On Wednesday, 50 Amish workers were there to start rebuilding Mullet’s home and […]

  • Seymour Schools Plan March 20th to Resume Class After Tornado Hit

    SEYMOUR, Iowa- The Seymour School District is making plans to resume classes, after an EF-2 tornado struck their school, and community Monday night. A former care center is being converted to use as a place to hold class for the 300 students in Pre-K through 12th. If all goes as planned classes will resume Monday March 20th. Band and Chorus will be held in the Methodist Church. Some nearby school districts have offered the use of their gymnasiums. “We have […]

  • Herring Hotel Supporters Hope to Attract Tourists in Belle Plaine

    BELLE PLAINE, Iowa- It once drew visitors here from far away. Now the part of the Herring Hotel has fallen into disrepair. A non-profit Herring Hotel Foundation has been formed to try to bring the former hotel back to it’s glory days. When the first ever paved highway across the United States was built, it came right through Belle Plaine, and past the Herring Hotel. It is an early 1900s hotel most famous now on because of its proprietor Will […]

  • Severe Storms Roll Across Iowa–What it Looked Like in Webster City

    WEBSTER CITY, Iowa  —  Drivng up I-35, I kept watching the line of storms, thinking it would eventually cross the interstate.  After a while I realized the storms were going north more than east, so I headed west on Highway 20. Right before the Webster City exit to Highway 17 southbound, my iPhone went off telling me there was a tornado warning. I got off by the Webster City Truckstop in case I needed to take shelter. As it was, […]

  • Boys Basketball Tournament Features Competition over Music

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  At Wells Fargo Arena, there is plenty of dribbling, shooting and scoring. But there is also another team doing it’s best to impress: the school pep band. The Maple Valley Anthon Oto schools had no trouble finding band kids who wanted to travel from northwest Iowa to watch their team play. “Two years ago when we came down there was another band, and they were kind of better than us, so it was kind of fun […]

  • No Injuries Reported in Rural Ames Mobile Home Fire

    STORY COUNTY, Iowa — A rural Ames resident was able to escape a fire at his mobile home Monday morning. The fire happened at 2279 East 190th in a mobile home court northeast of Ames. The call came in around 8:39 a.m. Because it was so far from the Nevada Fire Station, mutual aid help was called in from Ames. The fire fighters were able to knock the fire down. The resident of the home was sleeping in the living […]

  • Pocahontas Girls Basketball Community Values Team Character and Passion

    POCAHONTAS, Iowa  —  On Saturday afternoon, the Pocahontas Area Community girls basketball team will be going for a second state 3A championship against Sioux Center. The team is led by senior Elle Ruffridge, who has set a state of Iowa high school scoring record, and a tournament game scoring record with 48 points in one game. In Pocahontas, local people have appreciated the effort of the team and the attention it brings to their town. “This team and this young […]

  • Polk City Growing As Metro Area Expands

    POLK CITY, Iowa- In this past year 81 new single family homes were constructed in Polk City, after an average of 50 over the past few years. This little town tucked between Ankeny, and Saylorville Lake is seeing record growth. “We’ve double our growth,our taxable valuation, we’ve doubled that since 2009 so we’re real happy with that, said Mayor Jason Morse. “I’ve seen this community be 1500 people, I’ve seen us grow to almost 5000 people, Polk City has always […]

  • Proposed Law Could Allow Platooning Trucks Across Iowa

    AMES, Iowa- The Iowa Department of Transportation has come out in favor of a bill, HF 465, in the Iowa legislature, which would allow something called platooning, on Iowa roads. Platooning is where two or three trucks can travel together in close proximity, as a means of saving fuel. Current Iowa law requires 300 feet minimum following distance. The technology for this technique would be things like, cruise control, gps navigation, as well as cameras and radar on the road. […]

  • JewEllsworth is a Trail of Two Cities in Hamilton County

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation has announced a new recreational trail has opened, linking to north central Iowa towns. The JewEllsworth trail runs along highway 175 between Jewell and Ellsworth. It connects to the Jewell Jubilee trail, forming a 3.5 mile trail corridor. In an email release from the INHF, it was detailed how local residents became aware that the rail line between the two towns would be abandoned. That was in 2006, but it took a […]

  • Former Boone Coach Remembers Team’s Last Trip: Six on Six

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Boone High School Girls team has earned a return trip the State Basketball Tournament. This is the first trip since 1989, when Iowa was still playing six on six rules. One fan cheering the 2017 Boone team, was also a part of the 1989 six on six team. Don Howard was an assistant coach in 1989, when Boone got to state, to face St. Ansgar. Howard remembers the game well, as Boone was up by 4 […]

  • Competition Crowns the Next State Champs of the Kitchen in Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  While the girls state basketball tournament is being played across the street, another lesser-known state tournament is underway at the Iowa Events Center. Eleven high school teams are competing in the 2017 ProStart Invitational. The Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation is sponsoring the competition. The idea is to find the best high school chef team in the state. Culinary teams from Davenport, Sergeant Bluff- Luton, Hampton-Dumont, Cherokee, Waukee, Sioux City East, Burlington, Alburnett, Mt. Pleasant, Waterloo […]