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
  • Construction Can’t Stop Canteen in the Alley

    OTTUMWA, Iowa  —  It’s not unusual for a business to have to endure a season of construction in Iowa’s summer months. At the Canteen in the Alley in Ottumwa, its out of the way location is being made a little more difficult this summer, with construction in the alley where the business is located. In May, USA Today named the Canteen in the Alley the Best Loose Meat Sandwich in Iowa. Generations of customers have been coming to this tiny […]

  • Pella Regional Health Center Opens New Birthing Unit

    PELLA, Iowa  —  The Pella Regional Health Center has dedicated a new $9 million obstetrics area. This new addition birthing center was built as a third floor atop the current hospital structure. The Health Center has needed more space for birthing, after 539 babies were born here last year. “We stay plenty busy. We’ve grown by leaps and bounds almost by the year, for the last 5 to 7 years,” said Spencer Carlstone, MD. “Part of that, a function of […]

  • Iowa State University Opens New $6 Million Dining Hall to Feed Growing Student Population

    AMES, Iowa  —  Iowa State University has opened a new $6 million dining hall to help meet the demands of record growth at the school. Windows is a new dining center located on the first floor of Friley Hall. It had been operated as a dining center since the 1940s, but closed in 2003 when the Union Drive Dining Center opened. Another dining center was also located in Friley called Dungeons. This center closed a few years back and now […]

  • City of Ames Holds Open House for New $70 Million Water Treatment Plant

    AMES, Iowa- The City of Ames has invited the public to come to tour their new $70 million Water Treatment Plant. The event is on Saturday August 26 from 9-1pm. Mayor Ann Campbell will cut the ribbon on the new facility. Various vendors, designers, and project managers will be on hand to meet the public. The new plant can pump 15 million gallons of water a day. It draws water from City of Ames water wells, processes the water, and […]

  • Lynnville Hosts Smoke on the Water to Lend a Hand

    LYNNVILLE, Iowa- Saturday will see a new annual event, which not only tastes good, but also is for a good cause. Smoke on the Water is a competition for slow cooking meats, and for the public to sample delicious barbecue. Each year this competition raises funds to help someone with medical expenses, or a medical hardship. This year Smoke on the Water is helping a woman who has been gone from the community for 27 years. Melanie James moved back […]

  • Ames Committee Recommends Constructing a New High School Building

    AMES, Iowa  —  A citizen advisory group for the Ames Community School District has recommended moving forward with possible construction of a new high school building. The group held tours and meetings with citizens over the summer to gain input as to what the district should do. “What we found was most people look at it and say it’s been hodgepodge enough,” said Committee Chair Duane Reeves. “I think it’s been 15 renovations to the current building, one more spending […]

  • Even With Clouds, Iowa Eclipse Watchers Catch a Glimpse of Totality

    HAMBURG, Iowa  —  People in southwest Iowa didn’t have high hopes for viewing the Great American Solar Eclipse, but many traveled to Hamburg Bend along the Missouri River for a gathering to watch the eclipse. A tiny 540-acre sliver of land in Hamburg Bend is the only spot in Iowa to catch totality, even for just about 30 seconds. “Our museum has been promoting this event since January,” said Sandra Bengston of the Fremont County Historical Society. “It’s just something, […]

  • Iowa State Fair Husband Calling Champ Already Famous Beyond Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A former husband calling champion at the Iowa State Fair has returned to defend her crown. Bonnie Swalwell Eilert found her ribbons won at the fair in past years led to national fame. Eihlert, of Newton, had won here many times, so when the TV show Little Big Shots: Forever Young called, the State Fair Marketing Department recommended her. She and her daughter were flown to California, where she was interviewed by Steve Harvey for his […]

  • State Fair Sweet Corn Husking, Yodeling and Bubble Gum Blowing

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa State Fair continued a run of cool weather, with little or no rain to dampen attendance. Only Wednesday had less attendance than last year. The Fair is preparing for a giant Sweet Corn Feed on Friday morning. In order to do that a couple dozen volunteers came to the Agriculture building to husk bags and bags, of sweet corn. At the Bubble Gum blowing competition 9 year old Owen Weis , an incoming 4th grader […]

  • Jethro’s Opens New Restaurant in Ames as Largest Sports Bar in Big12 Conference

    AMES, Iowa- Jethro’s Steak and Chop opened in Ames on Thursday morning. This is the first restaurant Jethro’s has opened outside the Des Moines metro area. “We’re excited to come to Ames, Iowa,” said Jethro’s Owner, Bruce Gerleman. “We’ve looked up here for years to try to find a location, we think we’ve found the perfect spot here right off Duff. This is the 7th location for Jethro’s in Central Iowa. The company has hired 135 new employees, pushing their […]

  • Iowa State Fair Photos, Tractors, and Cow Chips

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa State Fair hosts many competitions for animals, but there is one event that tests the skill of the animal, and the handler. The Sheep Dog Trials at the Outdoor Arena offered owners a chance to show what many do every day on cattle ranches. The use these sheep herding bred dogs to handle cattle. “The reason I got into these dogs is because I was ranching, and needed help,” said Tim Naasz, a rancher […]

  • The Iowa State Fair: Where It’s Always About the Food

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  The Iowa State Fair was all about Food on Tuesday. Ed Podolak’s Mother’s Chili Contest was happening at the Elwell Food Building, and the Farm Bureau Cookout Contest offered lots of free samples while judges talked to contestants. “Sister-in-law passed away last month, of a massive heart attack unexpectedly,” said Robert Jones of Hardin County. “She loves peaches, she loves chicken breast, I decided to cook it in honor for her.” Channel 13’s Ed Wilson served as […]