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 16, 2014 | 8:30
11:34 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Touched By An Angel To Start A Business

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Steve Vincent gives us the details on the upcoming conference.

So you've got a good idea and a model of a product.  Now what?

It can still be tricky in the best of conditions to secure the start-up money for a new business, even in this age of crowdsourcing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 16, 2014 | 9:00
11:31 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Wealth Gap Examined: "The Divide"

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Matt Taibbi shares his latest book.

Matt Taibbi is not the first person to notice that very few people (can you name even one?) were punished for causing the financial crash of a few years ago. 

But Taibbi, longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, also notices that our prison population is way up, crime is way down, and poverty is increasing. 

And the way he looks at the facts and figures, it's all related: the rich get richer, the poor get punished.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Celebrating Jazz Month

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Ed Dunsavage describes his own career in music, and the way the Siskiyou Music Project observes Jazz Appreciation Month.

It can get a bit hard to keep track of all the events in April. 

Tax Day, Easter, Passover… and Spring Fund Drive on JPR. 

But April is also Jazz Appreciation Month--hey look, the acronym is JAM! 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue April 15, 2014

The Fight Of Their Lives

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John Rosengren explains the factors leading up to baseball's ugliest-ever on-field brawl.

It was an ugly moment in baseball history. 

One of the game's greatest pitchers came up to the plate to take a turn at bat… and began bashing the opposing team's catcher with his bat. 

Baseball fans will know instantly that this is the story of Juan Marichal's encounter with John Roseboro in the summer of 1965. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon April 14, 2014

E-waste Reuse And Recycling On The Rise

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Curt Spivey explains where our electronics ACTUALLY go when we send them to heaven.

The explosion of electronic devices means a constant churn in many households: replace the older TV/computer monitor/cell phone with a new one. 

Then what to do with the old one? 

That question frequently confounds, but there are places capable of reusing and/or recycling electronic devices. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Biosafety Alliance Weighs In On GMO Ordinance Vote

Sugar beets in the ground. Some of Jackson County's crop has been genetically engineered.
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Karen Swift talks about events in support of Jackson County's anti-GMO measure.

Recent financial reports indicate that the people in opposition to Jackson County's anti-GMO crop measure have the money advantage, and much of the money comes from other states. 

But the anti-GMO (so PRO measure) forces have their own friends in other places. 

Those include the people of the Biosafety Alliance, who work on GMO and other issues. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 14, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Beyond Crafts: "Why We Make Things"

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Peter Korn describes his process of self-discovery, kindled by woodworking.

Skills that many people in society once possessed are now a good deal rarer. 

Those of us who do NOT work with our hands but choose to do such work in our free time are considered "hobbyists." 

Unless we keep after the hobby, and it turns into a true vocation. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Oregon Humanities Encourages Pen Pals

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Ed Battistella and Adam Davis explain the workings of the "Dear Stranger" project of Oregon Humanities.

Remember pen pals? 

We were often encouraged as kids to exchange letters with other kids far away, learning about each other's lives. 

The concept is revived in the Oregon Humanities project "Dear Stranger." 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Preparing For Wildfires Nationwide

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Cathy Prudhomme explains what National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is all about.

Wildfires have gotten so big and so numerous in recent years, it's a wonder there was NOT a National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day before now. 

But this year will mark the first such occasion, coming up on May 3rd. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 11, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Evolutionists Engaging Creationists (Cautiously)

We're still arguing about where this thing came from.
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Dr. Jon Peters talks about the huge evidence supporting evolution--and how he shares it.

We are polarized about so many things, we often shy away from engaging in conversation with people who think differently from us. 

Prime example: evolution versus creationism.  But suppose somebody brings up the subject and cites "facts" you know to be untrue... what do you do? 

Dr. Jon Peters is a physician who gives lectures on the evidence supporting evolution. 

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