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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
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    ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa — The iconic Arnolds Park Amusement Park is nearing the end of a $15 million makeover. As a part of the project, the old pavilion building, also called the Roof Garden, was torn down. The new structure just being finalized is designed to appear as the original Roof Garden. The new building will host rock and pop acts, which played in the original Roof Garden. The first concert will see Tommy James and the Shondels on August […]

  • Ice Cream Capital of the World Opens New Three Million Dollar Visitors Center

    LEMARS, Iowa- The Wells Dairy Company has opened a made-over Visitor Center and Ice Cream Parlor in downtown LeMars. The new $3 million dollar center tells the Wells story growing from a family business delivering milk, into what is now the second largest dairy products company in the United States. Interactive exhibits show how ice cream is made, and a small theater shows a movie with the company story. “Our goal from the beginning was to create a space where […]

  • Maytag Hotel Renewal Brings State and Local Leaders Together

    NEWTON, Iowa- State and local leaders gathered Wednesday to mark the re-birth of a local landmark in Newton. Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg were on hand to note the conversion of the Maytag Hotel, into modern apartments. The $16 million dollar effort, a coalition of investors and state incentives, was led by Des Moines developer Jack Hatch. “The Mayor and the City Council of Newton have really been so visionary in what they want to do with […]

  • RAGBRAI’s Close Encounter With Des Moines Could Draw Record Crowds

    NORWALK, Iowa — July 23 is a day many may circle on their calendar in the central Iowa/metro area. It’s the day RAGBRAI passes close to Des Moines, going from Winterset to Indianola. This will be a day when many take the day off to pedal. “The entire week is 427 miles. This day when we go from Winterset to Indianola, it’s only 39 miles,”said T.J. Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI director. “It’s going to be a day we could have a record […]

  • Flood Waters Receding as Burlington Cleans Up

    BURLINGTON, Iowa — Flood water along the waterfront in Burlington began receding on Monday. That’s after the riverfront downtown flooded on Saturday after a HESCO flood barrier failed. “Most of the damage is down here on the riverfront, so most of the town’s not really affected by it,” said Matt Coffin, who runs the family business Frank Millard Company on the river. “The people that got hurt the worst I believe is the City with the Auditorium and the Port […]

  • Hamburg Rebuids Levees As Missouri River Rises Again

    HAMBURG, Iowa — The rising Missouri River has people in Hamburg scrambling to get ready for yet another flood. The entire town was flooded back in March, after the river spared the town mostly back in 2011. Now, local crews have rebuilt an earthen levee with survey help from the Army Corps of Engineers. A brand new double-width Hesco barrier has also been put up across the downtown area. Many of the buildings south of the Hesco barrier are still […]

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    Iowa DOT Closes I-29 and State Roads Again Due to Rising Water

    ATLANTIC, Iowa- The Iowa Department of Transportation today closed Interstate 29 in the Council Bluffs area, and from Highway 34 to the Missouri State line. The closures are due to rising flood waters, after more rain pounded the midwest. “Right now we just closed I 29 from US 34 south to the Missouri border water was approaching the roadway once again,” said Scott Suhr of the Iowa DOT District 4 office. “I think it tries everybody’s patience, whether you’re a […]

  • Pacific Junction Hopes Winning Playground Contest Will Encourage Others to Rebuild in Flood Ravaged Town

    PACIFIC JUNCITON, Iowa- In March this town was underwater, after levees holding back the Missouri River failed. The town was under water for a month. When the water went back down, the slow cleanup began. But out of the blue a small positive note of encouragement for the community. The local Glenwood Lions Club nominated Pacific Junction to win a $25,000 new playground. The town is competing with other North American Cities for the honor. “There was a $25,000 grant […]

  • Wilton Candy Kitchen Serving Sweet Treats Under New Owners

    WILTON, Iowa — The Wilton Candy Kitchen has been serving ice cream and sweets since 1910. The building was built in 1856 as Wilton’s first grocery store. It later served as a post office, before it became the Candy Kitchen in 1910. “The Candy Kitchen’s been open pretty much continuously since 1910, except for a period of about six or eight months, between the time we took over from [George] Nopoulus,” said Lynn Ochiltree, co-owner of the Candy Kitchen. The […]

  • Life in Poverty Closeup in the Compassion Experience

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  • Pella Enjoying Beautiful Spring Day

    PELLA, Iowa- With the temperatures in the 80’s heading to 90 across Iowa, people took to the outdoors. Cory Dwyer of West Des Moines, and Jennifer Hoanguin of Des Moines were on a small lake west of town with their kayaks. They took a vacation day to be able to enjoy the day. “Winter, I hate the winter I’m always cold so it’s nice to have a hot day,” said Hoanquin. “First time of the year trying to catch some […]

  • Cyclones 2019 Tour Fans Give Advice- Ask Questions

    FORT DODGE, Iowa- Cyclone fans came out by the hundreds on Wednesday to the Toyota dealership here. There were no Cyclone athletes, but rather the annual Cyclone Coaches Tour for 2019. Coaches chatted with fans, posed for pictures, and signed autographs. “This is going to do our fourth year doing this it’s been obviously it’s been great  for us to give back to our fans,” said Iowa State Football Coach Matt Campbell. “Besides being the wrestling coach at Iowa State […]

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