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 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
  • Union Pacific ‘Big Boy’ Steam Engine Traveling Across Iowa

    BOONE, Iowa — The Union Pacific Railroad is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first transcontinental railroad in America. To celebrate, the railroad is touring its newly restored “Big Boy” locomotive, which is the largest model steam locomotive ever built. It was one of 25 built for the Union Pacific to handle steep climbs around Cheyenne and Provo. The locomotive, the coal-car, passenger cars and a museum car are touring the Midwest. On Monday, the train stopped in Denison, Carroll […]

  • Governor Recognized For Pro-Life Stance at Family Leadership Summit

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — The Family Leader sponsored the 8th annual Family Leadership Summit for Evangelical Christians on Friday. The group honored Governor Kim Reynolds with the Wilberforce Award for her work to sign the “fetal heartbeat bill” into law. “It was a proud, exciting day. Iowa has boldly led the nation in passing a fetal heartbeat bill,” said Reynolds. “We won and life won to stand for those who are unable to stand for themselves.” She also mentioned […]

  • Sports Betting Just Around the Corner in Iowa

    ALTOONA, Iowa- The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission held a hearing on proposed rules for sports betting in Iowa. There was testimony from two industry representatives. “For an Iowan to be able to play in fantasy sports contest with those players in other states the rules apply to them have to apply to all 45 States,” said Christopher Rants, who represents fantasy sports betting companies. “Right now we have the rules that have been submitted to the industry in the […]

  • Boone County Museum Honoring Iowa Hero In Disrepair

    MOINGONA, Iowa- The museum opened to honor Iowa Heroine Kate Shelley is closed, and falling into disrepair. Shelley received national attention after she crossed a rail trestle at night over the Des Moines River in a storm to warn and on-coming train about the bridge over Honey Creek was washed out. The train was stopped at the Moingona Depot, and many lives were saved. Her nephew Jack Shelley opened a depot museum to honor her memory. Shelly was a former […]

  • Marshalltown Business Recovers After Double Weather Blow

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — This week Thompson’s True Value Hardware reopened on Center Street in Marshalltown. The store had spent the past nine months in a temporary location in the Marshalltown Mall. On July 19, the store was struck by an EF-3 tornado. Store owner Dave Thompson said it sucked both air conditioning units the size of a car off the top of the building. One unit was never found. But the business was already reeling before the tornado struck. “We […]

  • Presidential Candidate Julián Castro Visits Flooded Bartlett, Iowa

    BARTLETT, Iowa — Julián Castro toured the flooded town of Bartlett in Fremont County on Monday. Castro, a Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development, stopped in Omaha, Council Bluffs, Red Oak, Tabor and Bartlett during a two-day visit. “Traveling throughout the state, visiting small communities, visiting with farmers, I’ve had sit-downs with farmers,” said Castro. The Texas native was shown the damage caused by the floods in Fremont County. He had to drive over a […]

  • Marshalltown Hosts Jason Brown in Benefit Concert for Tornado Damage

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — On Saturday Marshalltown will host a benefit concert with country singer Jason Brown. Brown has been working with city leaders to plan this event to try to raise close to $1.35 million to help repair and renovate the Marshalltown Coliseum. The building was hit in the July 19 tornado last year. “We had a renovation that was already planned,” said Marshalltown city administrator Jessica Kinser. “We’re now moving forward with the fundraising. This concert is to benefit […]

  • Bernie Sanders Hits Four Central Iowa Independence Day Celebrations

    AMES, Iowa- Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders spent his Independence Day morning in Story County. Walking up to his supporters in the Slater parade, Sanders joked “This is a 16-mile walk, is that right?” Sanders walked though Slater on the parade and then headed to Ames for another big parade. He concluded his visit to Ames opening a new office on Kellogg, complete with a free ice cream social, serving Ben & Jerry’s Mint Oreo though an open window to the […]

  • Carrie Chapman Catt’s Legacy Preserved as Women’s Right to Vote Turns 100

    CHARLES CITY, Iowa — On July 2, 1919, the State Legislature in Iowa ratified the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. The suffrage movement reached its goal in August of 1920 when the Tennessee Legislature also ratified the 19th Amendment, making it law in all the United States. One of those leaders in the women’s suffrage movement was Carrie Chapman Catt, who grew up near Charles City before attending Iowa State University. The National 19th Amendment Society is […]

  • Governor Reynolds Learns Why Manning is Attracting Under-40 Back Home

    MANNING, Iowa — Community leaders in Manning met with Governor Kim Reynolds when she came to visit the Manning Market. This business will turn four years old next weekend. It was started by Jaime England when she and her husband wanted to move back home from Des Moines. The Market Place has gotten great reviews for offering a wide variety as a home decor boutique and women’s boutique as well as a coffee shop. The store features wide open spaces […]

  • Thursdays in Pella Celebrates Ag in the City

    PELLA, Iowa-Each June and July the community of Pella celebrates what’s called Thursdays in Pella. Each week having a theme. The theme this week, was Ag in the City. Dozens of displays were lining the streets around the town square including a display on soil, a company selling ag trailers, and the Marion County Beef Producers. There were also giant farm machines on the street, and some classic tractors. Thursdays in Pella happens every summer in June and July 6-9 […]

  • Wet Spring No Problem for Nevada’s Berry Patch

    NEVADA, Iowa — The Berry Patch near Nevada has berries ready for picking. This week the business posted it had strawberries, cherries, and raspberries ready for harvest. “This is a pick-your-own fruit farm and we’ve been here since 1970,” said Judy Henry, who owns the Berry Patch with her husband Dean. “People can pick their own and we also pick orders for people who would rather have us do it.” The fields were busy on a sunny June day with […]

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