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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, 1 son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren.


Recent Articles
  • Celebrating Arbor Day in Ames’ Tree City

    AMES, Iowa  —  Arbor Day was marked by the City of Ames with a tree planting ceremony in Stuart Smith Park. “Today we’re celebrating Arbor Day. We’re going to plant six trees in one of our 36 parks,” said Joshua Thompson, Parks and Facilities Supt. for the city. “The city of Ames is responsible for all the trees in the public right of way and all the parks systems.” Thompson said there are 16,000 trees in right of way trees […]

  • Baby Bison Born at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

    PRAIRIE CITY, Iowa- Spring has arrived at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. So far five bison calves have been born on the Refuge. Each year around 10-15 Cows have calves. “It started about two weeks ago we had two calves within a couple of days and then we had a couple more, so up to five now in the last two weeks,” said Karen Viste-Sparkman, wildlife Biologist at the Refuge. “This is kind of their peak time for seeing […]

  • ‘Madison County Airing of Quilts’ Covering Winterset Saturday

    WINTERSET, Iowa- On Saturday dozens of quilts will be hanging all around here.  The “Madison County Airing of Quilts. Quilts will be draped over covered bridges,  and they will be draped from the porticos of the 1876 Madison County Courthouse. “We’re sort of blanketing Winterset with quilts,” said Iowa Quilt Museum Board President Marianne Fons. “Quilts will be hanging from the porch rails, they’ll be inside covered bridges, my quilts are going to be inside the covered bridge down at […]

  • Jefferson Unveils ‘Highway to Bells’ as Theme for RAGBRAI Overnight Visit

    JEFFERSON, Iowa  —  On July 23rd, Jefferson will be an overnight stop on this year’s RAGBRAI route. RAGBRAI leaders produced a rock video to announce the theme; they created a parody of the song “Highway to Hell” with their own version called “Highway to Bells.” When riders come into town from Denison, they will see signs promoting that title to encourage them to visit the Mahaney Bell Tower in Jefferson. Last year, the community installed new bells on the tower. […]

  • Osceola Man Set in Concrete Career Until Health Issues Revealed Hidden Talent

    OSCEOLA, Iowa  —  When Allen Hendrickson had a heart attack in 2012, it meant the end of his career pouring concrete. “We poured the concrete, laid it, finished it, whether it be streets, parking lots, buildings,” said Hendrickson. “I would work on average 80 hours a week, I’m sure that had a lot to do with the heart condition.” As much as he didn’t want to give that work up, it was advice from his doctor that made the decision. […]

  • Iowa Towns & Farms Sustain Damage in High Winds Friday Night

    STORY CITY, Iowa  —  Storms rolled across Iowa Friday night doing damage in several locations throughout the state. In Story City, several buildings sustained heavy damage in the Story City Industrial Park.  One firm damaged does repairs to wind turbines. The roadway in the industrial park remains  blocked off on Saturday. Also, a number of farm buildings were damaged north and east of Story City. Edgar Christian went to the basement on his farm last night. “I was in the […]

  • Iowa Funeral Museum Takes a Look at The History of the Industry

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- It’s a museum like no other in the state. The Iowa Funeral Museum and Education Center opened in 2017. The old Casey’s store was purchased after that company built a new store down the street. “Open late August 2017 by Marty Mitchell, the owner of Mitchell Family Funeral Home here in Marshalltown,” said Billy Wilson, Curator of the Museum. “He’s been collecting artifacts from the funeral industry for over 30 years.” The museum is designed, not to be […]

  • No Need to Wait for Tulip Time to Get Your Dutch Fix

    PELLA, Iowa- When Jason and Valerie Bandstra planned to open a business here, they were thinking ice cream, but then they had some other ideas. “So we thought about doing ice cream but then as we start thinking more about it we thought it be fun to offer Dutch specialty items,” said Valerie. “Immediately my thought was poffertjes, I love poffertjes, my friends love poffertjes.” That Dutch food item always has long lines during the annual Tulip Time Festival in […]

  • If You Build it, They Will Come–to the Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery

    TRAER, Iowa  —  Several years ago, retired newspaper editor Ellen Young began to look for ways to promote her town of Traer. It was known for its winding spiral staircase in front of a downtown building, which was good for a quick photo-op and the name of the community festival. Still, Young thought the town needed more. “I went to a seminar in Des Moines, the speaker was talking about ways you could attract people to your community,” said Young. […]

  • Mason City Makes the Most of Mountains of Snow This Winter

    MASON CITY, Iowa  —  Mason City has seen mountains of snow this winter. Each week or so, snowstorms traveled across Minnesota and into Iowa. On Sunday, approximately 6.8 inches of snow fell in the area, leaving another winter wonderland for residents to scoop. Steve Heller just moved to Mason City from Forest City, and was helping his neighbor scoop out his drive after the snowfall. “Just helping them out, I used to do it in Forest City when I lived […]

  • Iowa State School of Journalism Conference Tackles Fake News

    AMES, Iowa  —  The Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism sponsored the Greenlee Summit on Trending Strategies in the media. The conference focused on the changing media landscape and how the media has to do more with fewer resources. One of the panels focused on the topic of “fake news.” “Trump didn’t invent distrust in the media, it was already there,” said Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg News, formerly of the Des Moines Register. “Many people thought the media had […]

  • Iowa Success Story Told in Williamsburg Innovation Center

    WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa  —  Traveling past Williamsburg on Interstate 80, you may have noticed the Tanger Outlet Center, and just west of there a manufacturing plant with some unusual yard art. Kinze Manufacturing has a tractor and huge planter mounted on it’s nose, standing upright, and stacks of life-sized grain carts on its signs. The planter bar turns horizontal to vertical every 15 minutes. The company is known for its planter bars, which, for the first time, helped farmers fold up […]