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 | October 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:39 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Ideas To Paper: Studio To School

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A teacher can stand in front of a class and teach writing, but some students can use a little extra help in visualizing story construction. 

Enter the Studio to School Project, in place in just a few Oregon school districts, courtesy of grants from the Oregon Community Foundation

The students at Lorna Byrne Middle School in Cave Junction are among the lucky participants. 

They spent this week in a murder mystery involving their teacher. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:35 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Art Robinson Runs For Congress, Take 3

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Maybe third time's the charm for Art Robinson, running for Congress for the third time against longtime incumbent Peter DeFazio. 

He has run respectable races against DeFazio in the Oregon Fourth District, which includes communities as varied as Cave Junction and Springfield. 

Which are the towns the two men call home. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:25 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Reading To Open Up A "World Of Possible"

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A lot of us grew up reading "The Weekly Reader" and similar publications in elementary school. 

And the company that brought us that and more is still in the game, encouraging young people to read. 

Scholastic is the company, and the creator of the initiative "Open a World of Possible." 

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Politics & Government
10:10 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Tonia Moro's Race For Jackson Co. Commissioner

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Jackson County voters get a rare opportunity with this election: the chance to replace two of three county commissioners. 

The incumbents in the seats up for election this year opted to retire instead of run. 

Tonia Moro got onto the ballot by write-in to become the Democratic nominee for  Commissioner Position 1. 

She faces Republican Rick Dyer (he joined us October 28) and two other candidates. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 29, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed October 29, 2014

VENTSday: Money in Politics + Tagging/Vandalizing Nature

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Election day is less than a week away now, and it's time we had a talk about money in politics

While we're at it, let's hear your thoughts on the recent "artwork" and other vandalism incidents in public outdoor spaces.

These are this week's topics for VENTSday.

VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics. 

They can range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 29, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Not Quite Boys: "The Underground Girls Of Kabul"

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When you live in a culture where the birth of a boy is celebrated and the birth of a girl is mourned, why NOT pretend to be a boy? 

It happens more than you might think in present-day Afghanistan. 

Girls are presented to the world as boys, getting a taste of freedom and respect in a place that has almost none for women. 

The Underground Girls of Kabul explores the phenomenon. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rick Dyer's Race For Jackson Co. Commissioner

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Jackson County voters get a rare opportunity with this election: the chance to replace two of three county commissioners. 

The incumbents in the seats up for election this year opted to retire instead of run. 

Rick Dyer is the winner of the Republican primary for  Commissioner Position 1. 

He faces Democrat Tonia Moro and two other candidates. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 28, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

A (Legal) Trail For Mountain Bikes

Trail building on a previous project.
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Sure, there are plenty of trails available to mountain bikes in Southern Oregon, but Mountain of the Rogue Trail might be the first built with bikes in mind. 

Officially, anyway.  Illegal trails have been constructed, too. 

And that's part of the story of the Mountain of the Rogue... that its creation is meant to divert would-be trail builders. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 28, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Jackie Woodson: "Brown Girl Dreaming"

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Jacqueline Woodson grew up in South Carolina and New York, and never felt completely a part of either place. 

Then again, she grew up in the 1960s and 70s, as civil rights legislation shoved Jim Crow laws into the dustbin. 

Woodson tells her story of the times and her experiences in verse, in the book Brown Girl Dreaming. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Getting To Know Oregon Rivers

The Rogue River.
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Flowing or frozen, Tim Palmer likes water. 

He joined us a while back to talk about his exploration and book on California glaciers. 

Now he's back with another book that focuses downstream. 

It's called Field Guide to Oregon Rivers.

Palmer got to know 120 Oregon streams for the work. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 27, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Break Out The Swatches: "Pantone On Fashion"

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Lush color and high fashion… described on the radio. 

We do feel the need to stretch ourselves from time to time. 

And this time we'll be talking about the Pantone system for matching colors in use for decades. 

Colors from Cyber Yellow to Jet Black and their uses in fashion are profiled in Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Sen. Merkley Makes His Case

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In general, there's no easier time to defeat a sitting U.S. Senator than when he or she is seeking a second term.

Case in point: the work Republicans did to find a solid candidate to oppose Sen. Jeff Merkley's run for a second term in Oregon. 

Surgeon Monica Wehby is the opposition candidate in one of this year's most visible political races. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Soaring With The Southern Oregon Rep Singers

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It started the way a lot of arts organizations start: some people with a love of music decided to put on a concert or two. 

By now that number is up to dozens for the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers

SORS (think flying) brings together some of the most talented singers in the Rogue Valley and beyond, performing some of the major vocal pieces in the classical pantheon. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Plastic In The Global Ocean

Pretty above, contains more plastics below.
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Dr. Giora Proskurowski knows the oceans, from top to bottom.   And that's not just metaphor. 

Dr. Proskurowski is a University of Washington professor who has studied everything from vents on the ocean floor to plastic trash floating on the surface. 

And he'll deliver a talk about the plastic part this weekend in Coos Bay. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 27-31, 2014
1:45 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Rivers/Candidates/Human Race History: Oct 27-31 On JX

The man who once introduced us to California's glaciers is back with an up-close-and-personal of Oregon rivers.  That's one highlight of this week (October 27-31). 

We also visit with several more political candidates (yep, some are listed a second time after re-scheduling). 

And we wrap up with a history of the human race, and the influences that shaped us. 

Here's the list, a work in progress:

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Jefferson Exchange | October 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Coaches For The Rest Of Life

A coach, yes... but not a life coach.
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Coaches are the people who stand on the sidelines at athletic contests, exhorting the athletes under their direction to perform their best. 

When you think about it, it's no surprise that the concepts of coaching have expanded far beyond sports. 

Life coaches have been around for years, helping people do their best in life or work. 

Sandy Abell is the founder of Inside Jobs Coaching Company based in Medford. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Religion In Poetry With Mary Szybist

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It can be tricky writing about religion in the best of circumstances; people tend to have strongly-held beliefs. 

Think of how much trickier it is to write about religion through poetry. 

Mary Szybist not only did it, she won the National Book Award for poetry last year, for Incarnadine

She brings her talents to Ashland tonight (October 23) for an appearance sponsored by the Chautauqua group. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Walking To End Domestic Violence

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There are lots of "awareness months" for physical and societal ills, and with good reason. 

When you think about it, some of the issues we face are only handled when we all know what we're talking about. 

Domestic violence can only be addressed by admitting that it happens. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with some key events in several communities.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed October 22, 2014

VENTSday: Voter ID + Armed Campus Police

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Now that Oregon is already voting, it seems a good time to ask your feelings about voter ID laws and curtailments to early voting. 

And on an unrelated topic, let's talk about whether college security forces should be armed.  Those are this week's VENTSday subjects.

VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed October 22, 2014

"Every Idea Is A Good Idea"

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Lots of people--maybe all of us--get the occasional creative spark. 

But creative sparks without a plan are just fireworks, right? 

Tom Sturges has a few ideas about channeling creativity. 

Sturges is a veteran of the music industry, and he taps the talents of musicians and songwriters and more for his book Every Idea is a Good Idea.

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