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
  • Vacation Spent With a Different View of RAGBRAI

    ONAWA, Iowa-Plans this year on my summer vacation to ride RAGBRAI did not quite pan out. Instead, I accepted a chance to be the driver to support a small team of RAGBRAI riders making their way across the state. I didn’t get many miles in training this year, so this seemed like a good idea. A support driver can mean a lot of different things. Starting off with hauling everything to the start site, then on to the noon and […]

  • Samaritan’s Purse Organizing Volunteers for Marshalltown Cleanup

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa  —  Residents in Marshalltown are now getting tornado recovery help from the international disaster relief agency Samaritan’s Purse. The agency is a Christian Ministry launched originally by the late Billy Graham. The group clears trees, puts tarps on roofs, and also listen to homeowners’ stories and prays with them. Samaritan’s Purse has seen 265 individual volunteers, and has completed around 72 requests for help, with a total of 132 on the list. The work may end by this weekend, […]

  • The Show Must Go On For Marshalltown Broadcasters

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa  —  The tornado that rolled over the top of downtown Marshalltown on Thursday caused severe damage throughout the area, including at two local radio stations. “I got a text message from Marshall County Sheriff Steve Hoffman that said it’s coming down Summit, which is just up here. It was literally blocks away,” said Todd Steinkamp, owner of KFJB and KIX101 radio stations. “As we were on the air, all of our ears started popping and we could feel […]

  • African Mandela Scholars Visit Small Town Iowa

    MANNING, Iowa- Twenty-five Mandela Scholars from the continent of Africa paid a visit on Thursday to the western Iowa town of Manning. The group has been on a six-week residence at Drake University. “It’s a US state department grant that brings about 700 already successful young leaders from nations in Africa to the US to study at universities,” said Lance Noe, or Drake University. “Also to get out in the community and experience how the United States approaches community development.” […]

  • Ankeny College Racing the Clock To Recover From Flooding

    ANKENY, Iowa- When ten inches of rain fell on Ankeny, there were many flooded basements and apartments. On the Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, there where 20 apartments flooded, and the maintenance building, which also houses the college IT Department. Since that time flood debris has been cleared by staff, and volunteers. The college recently learned that insurance will not cover this flood damage, which totals around $150,000. This week volunteers are on campus for two days working […]

  • Iowa Business Council Holding Forums Statewide on Business Issues

    BOONE, Iowa- The Iowa Business Council is holding a series of meetings around the state to gain statewide perspective on possible upcoming legislative issues and workforce issues. The meetings are called Vision to Vitality, and the first one was held at DMACC in Boone Tuesday. The first meeting was hosted by Reynolds Cramer, CEO of Fareway, which is based in Boone. “We need your input, and the goal is as we have this type of get together throughout the entire […]

  • Portion of Highway 169 Closed for Construction

    OGDEN, Iowa  —  A state highway in Boone and Dallas Counties is now closed for construction. Highway 169 is shut down from Highway 30 south of Ogden to Highway 141 near Bouton. Crews plan to widen the road and put down new asphalt. This will cause detours south of Ogden, but there are options for the people of Ogden to get around the construction. “Go east on Highway 30 to L Avenue, which is just four miles east of town, then […]

  • Dallas Maverick Harrison Barnes Visits Ames to Support Reading and Basketball

    AMES, Iowa  —  Harrison Barnes, former Ames High School standout basketball player and current member of the Dallas Mavericks, is back home for a few days. Barnes and his wife Brittany are supporting the Summer Reading Buddy Program with Raising Readers and the Ames Public Library. The program at five locations with 130 kids is taking place in Ames and Nevada. “It’s really a testament, one, to the volunteers who help make this thing run, but two, to the kids […]

  • Marion County Fair Day One: Not Your Typical Livestock Show

    KNOXVILLE, Iowa  —  The 2018 Marion County Fair is underway at the fairgrounds on the north edge of Knoxville. On day one, the fair featured a different kind of livestock show. The fair sponsored the Pet Show, where kids can bring whatever pet they have at home. That included a snake, guinea pigs, dogs, a turtle, and even hissing cockroaches. “They’re just kind of unique and not a lot of people have them, especially in this area,” said Noah Kemp. “They’re […]

  • iPhone Dropped From Airplane-Found With No Damage in Ames

    AMES, Iowa- Tuesday was an eventful day for Sarvinder Naberhaus, of Ames. Any day you lose your cellphone can be a challenge. Naberhaus, and her friend, Donna Johnson, from her days at Ames High School went to the Ames Airport to ride on a vintage biplane, part of the American Barnstormers 2018 tour. While on the flight, Naberhaus got out her iPhone to shoot some photos. As she held the phone outside the windshield, it was caught in the rushing […]

  • Effort Underway to Save Jasper County Truss Bridge

    NEWTON, Iowa  —  The Jasper County Historical Society is spearheading an effort to rescue the county’s last truss bridge: the Red Bridge, located south of Reasnor. Due to the declining condition of the bridge over the past couple decades, the road was closed around 2005. Now, with high water in the Skunk River, some people were concerned the Red Bridge would wash away. “The Red Bridge was built in 1892. It is a Warren Truss pin connector bridge,” said Joe […]

  • Barnstormer Aircraft Tour Stops in Ames

    AMES, Iowa  —  Eleven vintage restored bi-planes are at the Ames Airport this week, on display and open to the public as part of the 2018 American Barnstormers Tour. The planes are stopping at Midwest airports on the way to the Oshkosh Air Show. “This tour was founded in 2006 with the mission to get people to come out to the local airports to see the origination of modern flight,” said Jill Manka, a Barnstormer Tour promoter. “We also want […]