Geoffrey Riley

News Director | Jefferson Exchange Host

Geoffrey Riley began practicing journalism in the State of Jefferson nearly three decades ago, as a reporter and anchor for a Medford TV station. It was about the same time that he began listening to Jefferson Public Radio, and thought he might one day work there. He was right.

Geoff came to JPR as a backup host on The Jefferson Exchange in late 2000, and he assumed the full-time host job at the beginning of 2010. The two hours of the Exchange allow him to join our listeners in exploring issues both large and small, local and global. In addition to hosting The Exchange, Geoff oversees JPR’s news department as its News Director.

Geoff is a New York native, with stints in broadcast news in Missouri, Alabama, and Wisconsin before his arrival in Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 28-August 1, 2014
5:09 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Sick Leave, Drought, and Crime Fighting: Another Week on The Exchange

Eugene's city council may vote on its proposed sick leave ordinance on Monday, six days after the Lane County Commissioners passed their own ordinance that may pre-empt any move on sick leave. 

Meanwhile, the City of Ashland plans a Drought Summit to talk about water conservation strategies, and Redding's Police Chief faces a potentially irate audience at a town hall meeting.

You'll hear about these and much more on The Jefferson Exchange during the week of July 28... here, minus pretty pictures, are our plans:

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Jefferson Exchange | July 25, 2014 | 8:00
2:25 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Addressing Oregon's High Rate Of Drownings

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Oregon can be a dangerous place for swimmers. 

The state ranks 10th in the country in the per-capita rate of drownings. 

That's not good, considering the state ranks in the second half of states in population. 

Efforts by Safe Kids Oregon and other groups are focused on reducing child injuries, including drowning. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 25, 2014 | 8:30
2:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Britt Picks A Handful Of ACEs

Britt Institute students.
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Not everybody gets to be an "American Idol," but there are jobs to be had in the arts field. 

The Oregon Arts Commission handed out grants to help minority and other students learn about arts careers. 

The grants include one to the Britt Festivals for its "ACE" program, Arts Career Exploration. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 25, 2014 | 9:00
2:10 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

A Grizzly Bear Near You... Maybe

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The grizzly bear roams just a small fraction of its historic range here in the Lower 48 states. 

But talk of expanding that fraction could draw some sharp reactions.  Already has, in fact. 

The Center for Biological Diversity recently proposed expanding the grizzly's range to areas including parts of California and Oregon. 

And people who like the idea of a healthy grizzly population were forced to confront their feelings about having that population nearby. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Small Biz "Friendliness" Lacks In Oregon

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Jon Leiber explains the survey on small biz friendliness.

Nobody likes getting a bad grade.  Especially when it's a whole state. 

But Oregon just got below-average marks for its friendliness to small businesses from Thumbtack.com and a partner. 

The state got a C+ for overall friendliness and a D for the friendliness of its regulations.  California got a D and an F in the same categories.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Plugging The Job Skills Gap

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Oregon state Rep. Peter Buckley talks about jobs and workers.

The recent findings that Oregon job openings are staying open for long periods because of under-qualified workers got the attention of political leaders. 

State Rep. Peter Buckley of Ashland and his Senate counterpart host a meeting this evening (July 24) to explore the factors in the "skills gap" and possible solutions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu July 24, 2014

How To Stop Hating Yourself

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Anneli Rufus talks about her recovery from low self-esteem.

It's one thing to be hard on yourself, and take setbacks and criticism to heart. 

It's another thing entirely to actually hate yourself. 

Author Anneli Rufus is one of many people who struggled with low self-esteem all her life. 

And while she does NOT recommend going all the way to the other end of the spectrum, she does think it's high time to close what may be an epidemic of self-loathing. 

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Thousands Of Strikes
11:13 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Lots Of Lightning, Lots Of (Small) Fires

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Thunderstorms moved through Southern Oregon and Northern California Tuesday night, with thousands of lightning strikes recorded on both sides of the state line.

The National Weather Service reports more than 1,200 downstrikes in Jackson County alone.

And so the Oregon Department of Forestry reports multiple fires caused by lightning, most of them less than two acres in size.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest also reports more than a dozen new fires, also small.  Crews scattered in search of new smokes.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Expanding The Oregon Caves

Miller's Chapel inside the Oregon Caves.
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Sue Densmore fills us in on the Caves monument filling out.

It takes a very long time to make a cave. 

All that dripping and calcifying takes hundreds of thousands, even millions of years. 

But making the legal boundaries of the Oregon Caves bigger only takes an act of Congress. 

And Congress is on it; the Senate just passed the Oregon Caves Revitalization Act and sent it on to the house. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed July 23, 2014

VENTSday: Sick Leave + GMO Labeling

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Listeners vent on sick leave and GMO labels.

The Lane County Commissioners and Eugene City Council provide one topic for discussion this week: paid sick leave, who should provide it, and which level of government should regulate it.

And if that's not enough controversy, we'll also talk GMO food labeling on this week's edition of VENTSday.

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

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