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


Recent Articles
  • Iowa State Fair Come from Behind Win: New Attendance Record

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa State Fair announced Monday a new attendance record of 1,130,260, 189 more than 1,130,071, which attended the 2017 Iowa State Fair. According to a news release from Mindy Williamson, Marketing Director of the Iowa State Fair, this win was a come from behind finish. On Friday attendance numbers were lagging behind 2017 slightly. “Nice weather of the weekend, booked the attendance just enough,” wrote Williamson. “On Wednesday at record 15,775 people attended the Thomas Rhett […]

  • Goat Yoga Makes Debut at Iowa State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa State Fair has a lot of tradition, but the Fair is always looking for something new. “We heard knew that Goat Yoga was kind of a thing,” said Rachael Moylan of the Iowa State Fair Marketing Office. “We’d heard it was done at another fair, so we thought we’d give it a try.” On Friday the Fair welcomed it’s first Goat Yoga session to the Animal Learning Center. One woman referred to the session as […]

  • Showing Goats A Family Affair- Serving Beef to the Masses at the Iowa State Fair

    DES MOINES, Iowa- Showing livestock at the Iowa State Fair is often a family affair. For Deb Reasoner of Ellston, she’s got plenty of experience being a goat showing Mom, and now a goat showing Grandma. “My sister still shows, she’s in FFA, my daughter shows,” said Allie Swietlik, Reasoner’s daughter. “Mom shows in the open. what do you have 14 goats here? 15 goats showing this year.” People looking for a good sit-down beef meal from Prime Rib, to […]

  • Iowa State Fair, Some Assembly Required and Favorite New Food

    DES MOINES, Iowa- A new record was set at the Iowa State Fair for the time it takes to assemble a John Deere Model M. Gary Hoefling of Spencer works on off-road equipment by day. His newfound hobby is taking apart a tractor, and putting it back together. He said it’s an idea which came from New Zealand via WHO Radio’s Bob Quinn. “Showed up in one piece about a month and half ago,” said Hoefling. “My team of guys […]

  • State Fair: Weird Vegetables, Outhouse Races, Cook Out, and Big Bull

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa State Fair has crowned a new State Champion Auctioneer. Jeffrey Garber of Lincoln MO was in a field of 17 finalists to make it to the state competition. The 24-year-old has placed before in this competition, but finally was given the top prize. “It’S the adrenaline rush, of engaging the crowd, and pulling those bids in and working for the seller and trying to get top dollar,” said Garber. “The rythmic chant, reigning in the […]

  • Big and Small Iowa State Fair Competition and Entertainment For All

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa State Fair is now past the first weekend, and things are just heating up. The air conditioned Jacobson Exhibition Center played host to a double header competition with giant Belgian horses, and Miniature Horses at the same time, in the same arena. The two types of horses did not complete head to head, but in their own category. Owners of both big and small horses find their animals, like people have unique personalities. “She loves […]

  • Iowa State Fair Giant Pumpkin and Butter Tractor

    DES MOINES, Iowa- The Iowa State Fair has crowned a new Giant Pumpkin Champion for 2018. Dave Davis of Bloomfield weighed in a pumpkin at 795 pounds. “Rural water,48 thousand gallon of water we used last month, said Davis. “We’ve been doing this about 6 years, or so, got lucky won it in 2015, got a second place with Jacki (his wife) in 2016. Jackie added that producing these giant pumpkins is a lot of work. Nearby the Giant Pumpkins […]

  • Marshalltown Businesses Reopen After Tornado

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- The July 19th tornado which tore through the north end of Marshalltown saw a lot of businesses with storm damage closed. Slowly more businesses are re opening their doors. This week Do-Dah’s Restaurant had a sign indicating they would reopen on Wednesday at 6am. Acts Two Consignment Shop also has reopened. “So there are a few things open in the downtown, and we’re just trying to keep a pulse on that so we can continue to encourage folks […]

  • Central College Boardwalk House to Hit the Road

    PELLA, Iowa- Central College has found a new home for Boardwalk House. The giant blue house on the corner of Broadway and University, will soon be moving over 20 miles. Last February the College indicated the house would be given away – along with some cash to help with moving expenses. If the house didn’t move, local historical officials worried the historic structure could be torn down. Events were held for people to view the home. One hundred or so […]

  • Oktemberfest Moves to New Location After Marshalltown Tornado

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- The Board of the Marshalltown Oktemberfest has announced the festival will go on this year, even after the tornado on July 19th. The Board has accepted an offer from the Central Iowa Fairgrounds to move the event there to the east side of town. Oktemberfest has taken place around the Marshall County Courthouse Square downtown. After the tornado, it was realized the Courthouse could be closed for a year due to repairs. “This is a time for our […]

  • Ames Constructing Low Head Dam to Improve Safety on Skunk River

    AMES, Iowa- Construction has begun on a one million dollar project to alter the water flow on the Skunk River at the dam in North River Valley Park. “We have a low head dam that we use to back water up in times of drought, lowhead dams have an inherent danger,” said Christina Murphy Assistant Director of Water and Pollution Control at the City of Ames. “The new design is a series of boulder weirs, will provide a little white […]

  • Volunteers Find Missing Puppy For Out of State Contractor After a Vehicle Wreck

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa- Friday Omaha contractor Rick Poole wrecked is truck, veering for a deer. He got two black eyes, and some cuts, but no life threatening injuries. “The 911 guy was on the phone with me the whole time he was awesome,” said Poole. “He wouldn’t let me hang up, I kept on trying to pull my leg he said Rick don’t do that.” After he was rescued, he realized his puppy, Oso was nowhere to be found. He wasn’t […]