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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
  • Each Thursday Night the Taco Ride converges on Mineola, IA ( Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    RAGBRAI Not the Only Famous Bike Ride in Iowa

    MINEOLA, Iowa — This year, RAGBRAI Riders may get an extra ride if they just come a little early. The Taco Ride is billed as the oldest and largest weekly bike ride in the country. Each Thursday night, riders leave Council Bluffs for a 10-mile ride to Tobey Jacks in Mineola. There they are served tacos, before turning around and riding 10 miles back. The ride gained some national attention when a TV commercial promoting Jennie O Turkey was made […]

  • Kossuth County Sheriff Stephen Kollasch and Incoming Algona Police Chief Kendall Pals look over notes of encouragement for officers (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Algona Area Law Enforcement Officers Appreciate Community Gratitude

    ALGONA, Iowa — In the wake of police shootings across the country, even officers in small-town Iowa are noticing more appreciation for what they do. During a news conference Friday on another matter, law enforcement officers wanted to take the time to let people know how much they appreciate all the support they are getting. They shared stories of people bringing food and posting many thank you’s on social media. One day care center had kids do hand written notes […]

  • Iowa Board of Regents meeting in Ames at Iowa State University (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa Board of Regents Approve $250 Tuition Increase

    AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a tuition increase to try to offset funds which were not approved by the Iowa Legislature. Regent Larry McKibben proposed a $250 increase instead of $300, which was approved unanimously. Regent Chair Bruce Rastetter said he talked with University Presidents, and they said they could operate with that increase. Several Regents and ISU President Steven Leath all said the schools need to find a better, more predictable model to help […]

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    Storms Down Trees All Over Eagle Grove

    EAGLE GROVE, Iowa — Pastor Jason Cooper of the Eagle Grove Evangelical Lutheran Church had two important tasks on Sunday morning. First, he was trying to decide if Eagle Grove roads were clear enough for him to hold Sunday morning church services. An early morning storm had left many roads in town blocked with downed trees. His second issue, no gas stations had power and he was running low on gas for his car. “Power is out all over town, […]

  • Kossuth County Authorities used a drone to find, and rescue 2 people Wednesday night (Courtesy: Kossuth County Sheriff's Office)

    Drone Used to Find Stranded Boater Suffering from Heart Attack in Algona

    ALGONA, Iowa – A river rescue in Algona on Wednesday, July 13 had a positive outcome, thanks to some help from a newly-purchased drone. Wednesday night Kossuth County authorities got a call from a family saying loved ones had been on the East Fork of the Des Moines River, and had not returned at the expected time. A search and rescue was launched when David Penton, Kossuth County Emergency Manager remembered a new tool purchased by the Sheriff’s Office. Authorities […]

  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell meets with reporters after a meeting on the Affordable Care Act in Fort Dodge (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    HHS Secretary In Iowa Talking Zika Virus and Affordable Healthcare Act

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — The U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services was in Iowa Friday talking about the Zika virus. Not that it is a problem in this state, but the HHS announced more cases in the United States. “In the United States, there have been 16 adverse outcomes for pregnancies among American Citizens already,” said Sylvia Burwell, HHS Secretary in the Obama Administration. She was in Fort Dodge to discuss the Affordable Care Act. She said efforts to […]

  • Franklin County Fair Horse Compeition on Wednesday. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Franklin County Fair Draws 40,000 Per Year

    HAMPTON, Iowa — The 157th edition of the Franklin County Fair is underway in Hampton this week. The fair annually draws 40,000 people total on the grounds during the week of the fair. “We’ve got over 100 commercial exhibitors here on grounds,” said Jon Baltes, Chairman of the Franklin County Fair Board. “We have a waiting list of people who want to be an exhibitor here.” The fair features 4H livestock showing and exhibits. Wednesday there was a horse show […]

  • A mural and flowers await RAGBRAI in Creston (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Creston on the Home Stretch in Prep for RAGBRAI

    CRESTON, Iowa — Just under two weeks remain until RAGBRAI comes to Creston for an overnight stop. The town is busy doing last minute training and recruitment for volunteers needed to make the event a success. “It’s kind of like the Olympics, that you have to do all of this work, for them it’s two weeks for us it’s 24 hours, and then they’re gone,” said Ellen Gerharz of the Creston Chamber. “We’re really excited about it to show off […]

  • Des Moines River in downtown Des Moines (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Metro Planners Seeking Ideas on Waterways Future

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Greater Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization has been thinking about what the future could hold for metro water ways. The group has completed a study called the “Water Trails and Greenways Master Plan.” They have looked at the Des Moines River, the Raccoon River, the Middle and North Rivers, as well as the South Skunk. The group also considered Walnut Creek, Four Mile Creek, and Mud Creek. “We spent the last year kind of listening […]

  • G-Nome Statue atop the Molecular Biology Building at Iowa State Univ. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Iowa State University To Replace G-Nome Statues

    AMES, Iowa — Once controversial, G-Nomes statues on the Iowa State University Molecular Biology Building are coming down. However, they will be replaced. Four terra-cotta statues erected when the building opened in 1992 caused some controversy over what is art, and what is not. Years later the fuss has died down. The 3,000-pound statues are crumbling, which is the reason they are being replaced. The Minneapolis Artist, Andrew Leicester, who created the original statues, will create four new G-Nomes built […]

  • The Llama Show at the Hardin County Fair has been going on for 25 years. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Hardin County Fair Underway, Bring Your Llama

    ELDORA, Iowa- The 145th edition of the Hardin County Fair is underway. This year is the 25th annual Llama Show. You may not hear of a Llama show at a county fair.  It’s something here that was started by Marilyn Johnson. She had been showing cattle, and thought something different would be good for some kids. “The reason I kind a got start is these animals are so easy to handle,” said Johnson. “The kids can’t get hurt because their […]

  • Trees were downed in the south part of Fonda. At least one building was damaged. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

    Overnight Storm Causes Damage in Northwest Iowa

    FONDA, Iowa- The big storm front crossing Iowa overnight left some damage in the Pocahontas County town of Fonda. Police Chief Alex Leu said he was getting reports of power out, and when he checked the south end of town he found numerous trees uprooted, or sheared off. The Mid American Wind Turbine shop had a 6 inch tree branch go through a wall of the building, and the south side of the shop suffered some damage. “It was a […]

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