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.


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  • Photographer Plans to Document Iowa Towns and Ghost Towns

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  • Fremont County Flood Victims Plan to Stay in Percival Homes

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