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.


Jefferson Exchange | April 23, 2014 | 8:00
2:37 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Fire Season (Eventually) Approaches: Getting Ready

Credit Federal Emergency Management Agency

Rain and cooler temperatures can't hide the strong possibility of a bad fire season for the region. 

Cool and moist now will eventually give way to hot and dry, perhaps VERY dry. 

Fire agencies are not waiting for the hot days; they're reminding homeowners now of the many ways to make a home fire-resistant. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 23, 2014 | 8:30
2:32 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Guns + Teachers: VENTSday Returns


For the first time in three weeks, our VENTSday segment returns to Wednesday's (4/23) Jefferson Exchange.  And in the spirit of "go big or go home," we'll talk about guns and teachers.

The guns chat comes from the recent comments of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who suggested a five-word change to the second amendment.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 23, 2014 | 9:00
2:24 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Art Of Tinkering

Credit Weldon Owen Books

Once upon a time, a kid could have a great time with a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and a kitchen appliance or radio that no longer worked. 

Hold on; that may still be possible. 

Despite the explosion of choices for places a kid can get information or entertainment, the art of tinkering is still with us. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Earth Day Calling Clean Energy Day

Credit Philipp Hertzog/Wikimedia

Hannah Sohl and Shaun Franks introduce us to Rogue Climate's Clean Energy Day.

Happy Earth Day to you and your planet! 

It should go without saying, but the planet does require care the other 364 days of the year as well. 

To that end, the youth-led climate change group known as Rogue Climate is setting up for a community art project to observe Clean Energy Day on May 4. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue April 22, 2014

College Degrees In The Timber Industry

Credit Bureau of Labor Statistics

Ross Tomlin explains SWOCC's re-introduction of a forestry program.

In the boom years in the wood products business, kids could graduate high school and head for the woods or the mill for a family-wage job. 

It's a lot more complicated now.  Forest products companies want better-schooled employees, but have a hard time finding them. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Putting Food On The Table For Oregon Kids

Credit The Medford Food Project

Philip Yates, Mary Ferrell and C.J. Drake talk about youth hunger, its causes, and remedies.

Report after report shows Oregon having problems feeding its people, especially its young people. 

"Food insecurity" is the popular term now, but hunger is the term most of us know... and too many young people know firsthand. 

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JPR Regional News
1:53 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

I-5 Travelers Brace For Delays; ODOT Postpones

No delays and no rain on Monday afternoon (4/21).
Credit ODOT/

Travelers using Interstate Five between Ashland and Medford will face lengthy delays in the near future, but the planned Monday start of construction work has been delayed. 

The threat of rain forced contractors working for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to postpone the work.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Caring For Children With CASA

Credit Wikimedia

Jennifer Mylenek describes the work of CASAs, and the need for more volunteers.

The question "who takes care of children first?" usually has an easy answer: the parent. 

But when the child is taken out of her or his home and placed in foster care, the answer changes. 

And in some areas, the answer becomes the CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Ashland Bans The Bags: Single-Use Bags On Way Out

Ashland City Councilors Carol Voisin and Rich Rosenthal discuss passing a bag ban.

In the absence of state regulations, many cities around the country are banning plastic single-use bags from store checkout counters. 

The City of Ashland just followed suit, though the ban will not take effect for six months. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 21, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon April 21, 2014

A Natural History Of The Galápagos

Credit Perseus Books

Henry Nicholls describes the Galápagos and their importance to the rest of the world.

The name sailors have for the Galápagos Islands may be more descriptive than their true name: "Las Encantadas," or the Enchanted Islands.

They certainly are unique... a laboratory of evolution that Charles Darwin used extensively, and a magnet for eco-tourism today. 

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