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.


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

Lots Of Lightning, Lots Of (Small) Fires

Credit Public Domain

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.
Credit National Park Service/Public Domain

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


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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Jefferson Exchange | July 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Building Good Will At Goodwill

Credit Goodwill of S.O./Facebook

Gayle Byrne describes Goodwill and her years there.

The inventory at Goodwill Industries of Southern Oregon will soon include a very large pair of shoes. 

Those currently belong to Gayle Byrne, soon to retire as the organization's president. 

During her 37-year tenure, Byrne more than tripled the number of stores and expanded the service area and number of people helped by Southern Oregon Goodwill. 

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

Suing To Help The Bull Trout

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Nick Cady spells out bull trout issues.

Environmental groups are keeping their own and government lawyers busy. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups recently announced an intention to sue the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management over the bull trout. 

The groups say the land agencies need a "timeout" to consider how projects on the lands they manage would affect the threatened trout. 

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

Where CFLs Go When They Die

Credit Wikimedia

Denise Barnes gives us a recycling refresher.

We can certainly save a bunch of energy and money using modern light bulbs. 

They are uniformly more efficient than the old incandescent bulbs. 

And--in theory, anyway--they last long enough to cover the addition upfront expense of buying them. 

But the compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) contain some toxic substances that require more attention to disposal. 

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

A Mind For Numbers -- Yes, YOU

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Barbara Oakley takes us into the math mind. Turns out it's the mind for everything else.

Okay, non-math students, stop making those gagging sounds and listen up.  Your case is not hopeless. 

Barbara Oakley is now an engineering professor, but she's one of those people who flunked math in high school. 

Yet she turned things around as an adult, and points the way for other people to do the same. 

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

Medford Considers Dog (Owner) Sanctions

An American Pit Bull Terrier.
Credit Wikimedia

Chief Tim George and Maureen Swift detail the dog ordinance plans in Medford.

Just because the Medford City Council backed down from a dog fight does not mean it's done with dog issues. 

The council chose not to enact a ban on certain aggressive dog breeds earlier this year, after hearing a fair amount of barking (sorry) from dog owners. 

But issues with dogs remain in town. 

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

Southern Oregon U's New President

Dr. Roy Saigo
Credit Southern Oregon University

Dr. Roy Saigo talks about the challenges at SOU.

Roy Saigo stepped into the college president's office at a time of upheaval: both faculty and students were unhappy about many issues. 

And that was at his LAST job. 

Dr. Saigo inherits a similar situation as the interim president at Southern Oregon University, following program cuts and a faculty vote of no-confidence in the previous president. 

Saigo has work cut out for him in a time of change across the Oregon state university system. 

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

Tech Will Save Us: Smaller/Faster/Lighter/Denser/Cheaper

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Robert Bryce stirs up a discussion on global warming and more.

In a world of finite resources and a (so far) continually expanding human population, something has to give. 

The case is often made that people will simply have to get by with less... fewer creature comforts, more bare-bones lifestyles. 

Robert Bryce is having none of it. 

Bryce points to many cases in which technology figured out solutions that did not involve deprivation. 

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