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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 sports announcers on college basketball/football volleyball

Plays finger-pick acoustic guitar

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:Northside Cafe, Winterset

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
  • Veterans Lobby For A Day on The Hill

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa veterans gathered at the statehouse for some networking, and some lobbying. The annual Veteran’s Day on the Hill is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Veteran’s Affairs. “Iowa and our country, is a better place because of your commitment to service before self, and we owe you our unending appreciation,” said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. She credited the Iowa Home Base Initiative for helping bring veterans to Iowa. The day was also a chance for […]

  • Iowa Veterans Get a Day on the Hill Wednesday

    JOHNSTON, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs will hold Veterans Day on the Hill on Wednesday, January 22. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with vendors and tables with service and outreach opportunities for veterans. It is open to veterans of all branches. “We welcome any veteran from any service and any conflict, honoring our veterans past and currently serving,” said Karl Lettow, spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs. The day will be also for […]

  • John Wayne Movie Sets Live on in Arizona Sunshine

    TUCSON, Arizona — During the winter months, many Iowans head to warmer climates, with many taking flights to Phoenix. Just a couple of hours south of Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, there is Old Tucson, a place where Iowa native John Wayne left his mark with four movies shot there. People can visit there, as the set is still standing. The Duke shot ‘Rio Bravo’ in 1959, ‘McLintock’ in 1963, ‘El Dorado’ in 1966, and ‘Rio Lobo’ in 1970. “John […]

  • Caucus Firsts: Satellite Votes Overseas and in 13 Other States

    QUEEN CREEK, Arizona — The Iowa Caucus this year will see something never tried before, holding some caucuses outside of the state of Iowa. The Democratic Party of Iowa is setting up what are called Satellite Caucus sites. Many are in Iowa in nursing homes and other areas. But there are a number which are held overseas, and in 13 states, plus the District of Columbia. Caucuses are also to take place in the countries of Georgia, France, and Scotland. […]

  • Small Town Grocer Concerned Over Dollar General Coming to Town

    KINGSLEY, Iowa — A new Dollar General Store is under construction in the small Plymouth County Town of Kinglsey. The store will open sometime in the near future, but already one local business is concerned about the future. Chet Davis has run Chet’s Foods for 40 years. He knows first-hand how the chain store can impact a local economy. “They come in they hurt you right away,” said Davis. “Right off the top, probably take about 25% of your business.” […]

  • Newton American Legion Post 111 Marks a Century of Service

    NEWTON, Iowa — This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Newton American Legion Post 111. The post was founded in July of 1920. While the post has many activities planned all year, a big celebration will take place on July 4 after the Newton Independence Day Parade. All veterans are invited to a free feed at the post building near Maytag Park. “We will also have a lot of memorial memorabilia displayed for folks to see,” said […]

  • Big 12 Conference Gives a New Virtual Reality Lab to Ames Middle School

    AMES, Iowa — Ames Middle School students were surprised their first day back from break. A handful of students were asked to follow the principal to a room that had been under lock and key over break. “It was a total surprise. At first I thought I was in trouble,” said Eli Johnson, an Ames Middle School student. The students were informed that they would be the first to test out a brand new Virtual Reality Lab Classroom. They were […]

  • Group Plans Care Farm to Help Kids with Different Needs

    AMES, Iowa- A new organization is forming in central Iowa to help kids with autism. It is called Cultivating Hope Farms. Its mission is to give kids dealing with autism a place to relax and interact with farm animals. “A year ago or year and a half ago our daughter was diagnosed with autism and we tried traditional therapy and that was not terribly successful,” said Brad Perkins, a board member for the new group. “Something that we’ve noticed is […]

  • First Day Hikes Kickoff Iowa’s Celebration of 100 Years of State Parks

    OTHO, Iowa- January 1, 2020 marked the State of Iowa Department of Natural Resources First Day Hike. People across Iowa were invited to come out to see state parks in a different light, in winter. “It’s not just here and it’s also throughout the country, so. Big thing here the First Day Hike, it’s getting bigger every year,” said Kevin Henning, Dolliver State Park Manager. “It promotes health and wellness, we get people out in the parks to see nature, […]

  • Some Favorite Stories From Roger Riley’s Travels Across Iowa in 2019

    Des Moines, Iowa — Channel 13’s Roger Riley was very fortunate to be able to witness the best of Iowa people and places across our state. This collection is but a sample. There are so many more stories we could share here. There are also more waiting to be told in 2020! Combines rolled along with grain carts and a huge line of trucks near the southern Iowa town of Lucas. Everybody here took the day to help out Kendall […]

  • Noon Years Eve Rings in Twelve Hours Early in Des Moines

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Science Center of Iowa again rang in the new year 12 hours early. Hundreds of parents kids, and grandparents came to the Science Center for activities, including balloon making, and face painting as a part of Noon Year’s Eve. At noon everyone gathered to witness a countdown to noon, and the dropping of balloons on all the party-goers. “At the science Center we are all about families making experiences together, learning experiences, learning together and […]

  • White Christmas Can be Found Near Boone

    BOONE, Iowa — While much of Iowa is without snow for Christmas, at Seven Oaks Recreation in Boone, there is plenty of groomed snow great for skiing. The air temperature has been in the 40s, making great weather for being on the slopes. “It’s been great. We got an early start making snow and we got some cold weather and we got some warm weather which brought a lot of people out,” said Joel Bryan, Seven Oaks general manager. “Pre-Christmas […]

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