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 | March 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Food Stamp Cuts Past and Future

Oregon's version of SNAP: the Oregon Trail Card.

Robyn Johnson talks about the effects of Oregon Trail ("food stamp") use in the state.

The latest federal figures show more than 47 million Americans receiving "food stamps," the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

But that number is already smaller than a year earlier. 

Few people celebrate the reduction, because it has less to do with life circumstances improving than with Congress simply voting to cut the program. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Eugene Takes Action On Pesticides

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George Brown and Lisa Arkin talk about the Eugene City Council passing restrictions on neo-nicotinoid pesticides.

It's not easy to say "neonicotinoid pesticide," perhaps harder still to pass legislation regulating it. 

The Oregon Legislature backed off new regulations on the pesticides, opting instead for further study and a task force. 

This is the class of pesticides blamed for a major bee kill near Portland in Summer 2013. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 10, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Rainforests And "Ecosystem Services" From Standing Timber

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Dominick DellaSala and Henrik von Wehrten explain how temperate rainforests deliver "ecosystem services."

Throw another log on the fire of debate over proper use of forests in the region. 

Scientists from here and Germany just released a study making the case for the benefits of leaving trees standing. 

Our region is right smack in the middle of a band of temperate rainforests from the Redwoods to Alaska. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Friday, March 7
10:10 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Calling All (Actors/Singers/Painters/etc): First Friday In The Arts

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Arts events for the coming week are detail in First Friday.

The dawn of a new month means the approach of another First Friday Arts segment on The Jefferson Exchange. 

Here's the gist: Charlotte Duren and Geoffrey Riley run through a list of arts events submitted to the Community Calendar here at iJPR.org.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 7, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Non-Profits Comparing Notes

Homebuilding with the non-profit Habitat for Humanity.
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Co-chairs Michael Stringer and Mallory Pierce talk about April's Nonprofit Leaders Conference.

Politicians like to talk about helping out small businesses and "job creators," but they seldom talk specifically about people who work for non-profit organizations. 

And there are millions of those across the country. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 7, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri March 7, 2014

What's Killing Romance In America

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Jacob Hess describes what ails romance in America, and some possible remedies.

The last time we talked to Jacob Hess, it was about politics. 

This time, it's about romance.  So much for avoiding the touchy subjects.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 6, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Market Research For Small Businesses

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Jack Vitacca of SOU's Small Business Development Center details the workings of the Market Research Institute.

One of the challenges of starting a small business is having information about the potential market for a product or service. 

Market research costs money, sometimes a lot of it.  So the Oregon Small Business Development Center Network just launched a Market Research Institute to perform market research for clients of the OSBDCN's centers. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 6, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Keeping Gray Matter Sharp In Golden Years

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Jeanne Stallman explains the structure and offerings of OLLI at Southern Oregon University.

"School is out completely!"  Alice Cooper sang that more than four decades ago, and a few people took the words seriously. 

But whether we seek education or not, we're still learning things as we live, and the process helps keep aging brains supple. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 6, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu March 6, 2014

50 Jobs In 50 States

Georgia's job: Daniel Seddiqui shelled peanuts.
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Daniel Seddiqui describes the fun (and drudgery) of working all those jobs across the country.

We change jobs and even careers more often than in the past, but 50 jobs in a year? 

That's what Daniel Seddiqui did.  His own experiences with the job market after college graduation sparked an idea: to spend a year working a job in each of the 50 states, a week at a time. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Gearing Up To Fight GMO In Jackson County

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Supporters of Jackson County's anti-GMO measure lay out their position.

The election is more than two months away, but the debate over GMO crops in Jackson County started a long time ago. 

The May primary election will feature Ballot Measure 15-119, which would ban the growing of genetically engineered crops in Jackson County if it passed. 

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