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
  • Marion County Residents Cleanup After Tornado Strikes Wednesday

    PLEASANTVILLE, Iowa- Neighbors and friends were lending a hand across Marion County Thursday cleaning up from storms the night before. Teri Chambers was at home around 6 pm when she heard about a tornado warning on the news, for her area Pleasantville. “My daughter who lives 3/4 of a mile up the road said I see a funnel, get to the basement so we did,” said Chambers. “I kept waiting to hear something that sounded like a train, never did […]

  • Iowa Teens Take Mormon Trek in Southern Iowa

    AFTON, Iowa- A group of students and leaders from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is making a trek down the Mormon Trail. This historic pathway was used in the mid 1850’s as thousands of Mormons fled persecution in Nauvoo IL. The students come from LDS Churches in the Des Moines area, and towns around south central Iowa. 150 students, along with leaders are walking around 9 miles a day over a three-day trek. “We were reenacting […]

  • Newton Woman Takes Hog Calling to Steve Harvey on ‘Little Big Shots’

    NEWTON, Iowa  —  When the phone rang at the home of Bonnie Swawell Eilert, it was Hollywood calling. Eilert’s name had been given to producers of Steve Harvey’s show Little Big Shots: Forever Young. They had heard of her numerous Iowa State Fair championships in Hog Calling, Husband Calling, and Chicken Calling. Eilert, along with her daughter Sheryl, was flown first class to Los Angeles, where the two checked into a hotel and not long after received a phone call from […]

  • WHO Radio Great Iowa Tractor Ride Has Need For Speed

    DAYTON, Iowa  —  The WHO Radio Great Iowa Tractor Ride is underway for the 21st year, and for those who are new drivers on the ride, they’re learning the need for the right speed is important. Chandler Jahner, of Harvey, is riding an Allis Chalmers tractor he restored while he was in high school. He had to sign up for a group that would go about the speed of his tractor. “I joined in the 12 mile an hour group,” […]

  • Florida Artist Brings Motion to Des Moines Art Festival

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Des Moines Arts Festival has many artists, and different types of art. One Florida artist is using motion as you would say a color, to try to express emotion, and tell a story. Frank Strunk III, of St. Petersburg Florida, was a carpenter for years swinging a hammer on remodels and new construction. He knew he always had a passion to create. “I knew I had a good hand skills and I could build things but […]

  • Born Free RV Plant Closed in Humboldt, Future Unclear

    HUMBOLDT, Iowa- Born Free RV in Humboldt announced on May 15, that it would be closed for the week. Six weeks later, it still has not reopened, and the phone has been disconnected. The Born Free RV line was created by Dodgen Industries back in the late 60’s. The company was founded in the 40’s to make farm equipment. Since the 70’s RV’s are all they have made at this Humboldt plant. Over two years ago the company was sold […]

  • National Lincoln Highway Conference Explores Iowa’s Oldest Paved Roadway

    GRAND JUNCTION, Iowa- The National Lincoln Highway Conference is being held this week in Iowa, headquartered in Denison. On Wednesday, two big tour buses came east to explore the Lincoln Highway into Jefferson, Ogden, Beaver, and Grand Junction. The Lincoln Highway began in 1913 as the first paved road across the United States. The first section of road was paved in Greene County. The group visited the Abraham Lincoln statue in Jefferson, the Mahanay Bell Tower, and other local sites. […]

  • Adaptive Organization Seeks Disabled Persons to Try Water Skiing

    DEXTER, Iowa- Diamond Head Lake played host to a unique event designed to help those with a mobility disability get to water ski. James Shoemaker began Another Way Sports after his daughter Suzanne learned to water ski, even though she has cerebral palsy, and cannot walk. “She has cerebral palsy, that doesn’t matter or stop her from doing anything,” said James Shoemaker. “She’s played basketball, rugby, she does 5K’s and 10k’s she runs and track in school.” “I’ve lived on […]

  • B-17 Flying Fortress Available For Rides Sunday at Des Moines Airport

    DES MOINES,Iowa- At mid-day Monday the skies over Des Moines saw a WWII vintage B-17 Bomber, “The Flying Fortress.” The workhorse aircraft was built in 1944 at the end of WWII. The Liberty Foundation is brining the B-17 back to Des Moines Sunday, selling 30 minute flights in the plane as a way to raise funds to keep the aircraft flying. “The Madras Maiden” aircraft will be at Signature Aviation at the Des Moines International Airport this coming Sunday June […]

  • Weather Issues Nothing New at Nevada Berry Patch

    AMES, Iowa- Storms rolled across Iowa through the overnight and through Wednesday morning. At the Berry Patch Farm south of Nevada, the storm rolled in right as a Practical Farmers of Iowa Field day was getting ready to start. The wind blew a sign over, and rain came down hard, so part of the program had to be moved indoors. “We do farmer to farmer knowledge sharing and on farm research,” said Liz Kolbe, with Practical Farmers of Iowa. “Field […]

  • Newton’s Maytag Pool Open Again

    NEWTON, Iowa  —  Hot weather or not, Newton had to close its only outdoor pool for a couple of days this week due to a leaking pipe fitting in the pump that circulates water in the Maytag Pool. “We had to shut down the circulation pump because of the leak,” said Keith Laube, Public Works Director for the City of Newton. “Without the circulation of the pool water we cannot contain or control the chlorination levels, which would not be […]

  • Iowa State University Search For New President Underway

    AMES, Iowa  —  A series of forums have been held this week to talk about what to look for in the next president of Iowa State University. At a Tuesday morning forum in the ISU Memorial Union, a number of people raised points regarding what they want to see as a skill in the new president. Requests came for someone who has a genuine heart for teaching, a president who could respond to the question of growing online colleges and […]