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 | June 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Mapping Earthquake Zones Anew On Oregon's Coast

Credit Erica Harris / Oregon State University

Jason McClaughry explains the value of much more detailed maps of the Oregon coast.

The Southern Oregon Coast is prone to earthquakes. 

Geologists are absolutely clear on that, with a lot of evidence to support them. 

But some of the evidence is now being updated, using high-tech methods not previously available. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Finding County Funding Solutions

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Patrick Sieng describes some of the options considered for shoring up county funding.

The public safety situation is dire in some Oregon counties. 

Some, like Josephine, simply can't afford to put deputies on patrol for more than a single shift on weekdays. 

Major crimes go unreported and uninvestigated, and criminals go unpunished. 

The Association of Oregon Counties brought reps from all of Oregon's 36 counties together last week in Hood River (June 9-10) to talk about possible approaches to improve county funding and services. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue June 17, 2014

A Hand Up From Business Coaching And Consulting

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Gary Einhorn explains some of the key elements in small business success.

So you have an idea for a business, and you take the first steps to get it started. 

Where to turn for advice and assistance? 

A number of economic development organizations offer mentoring programs to provide "training wheels" to startups. 

That's the business Gary Einhorn of Ashland is in. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

The Square Mile Project

What's the story of your square mile?
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Patricia Acklin explains the workings of the Square Mile Project.

There's probably a good story on every square mile of the Earth. 

And Pat Acklin and her students went looking for those stories. 

Acklin teaches at Southern Oregon University, and she led students through something called "The Square Mile Project." 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Taking Southern Oregon Archaeology National

Chelsea Rose working in the field.
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Chelsea Rose, Meg Watters and Allan Maca discuss the fun (and pressure) of Time Team America.

It's not exactly playing in the dirt, but it's close. 

Archaeology allows its practitioners to spend time literally digging up pieces of our history. 

And Southern Oregon University archaeologist Chelsea Rose is getting noticed for it. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 16, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Kvetching About Life In The Arts

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Greta Beigel talks about life at the keyboard: piano and typewriter, as a journalist.

Greta Beigel spent much of her career writing about the work of other people. 

Beigel worked as an arts reporter and editor for the New York Times. 

But she also harbored her own talents in the arts, as a concert pianist. 

And she pulls the disparate parts of her life together in one memoir. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Celebrating A Birth Control Milestone (Cautiously)

Birth control pills.
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Jimmy Radosta lays out the issues before the Supreme Court now and 49 years ago.

Birth control is a fact of life in our society, but it was not always easy to obtain. 

It took a Supreme Court ruling in the mid 1960s to legalize contraception for married couples. 

The availability has only expanded from there, but not without challenges. 

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is taking note of the anniversary of that earlier court decision.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 13, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Going For The Golden, Even Overseas

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Jill Groves describes how her organization started taking rescue dogs from Taiwan.

Lots of organizations rescue dogs from shelters and potential death. 

Some, like Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon, focus on specific breeds. 

Golden Bond looks for golden retrievers in need of good homes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 13, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

"All The Way" To A Tony Award

"All The Way" begins as LBJ's presidency began, with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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Robert Schenkkan remembers LBJ from real life, and from "All The Way."

Fans of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival took delight in the recent Tony Awards ceremony. 

"All TheWay," a play that began its life at OSF, won the award for Best Play on Broadway this season. 

It's a feather in the cap of the festival and Artistic Director Bill Rauch, who directed "All The Way" in Ashland and New York. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 12, 2014 | 8:00
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Thu June 12, 2014

Oregon Universities On The Road To HECC

The University of Oregon began the move to separate governing boards.
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Ben Cannon and Tim Nesbitt address the future structure of higher education in Oregon.

Big changes are coming to public higher education in Oregon. 

Some of those changes have already taken place, with the formation of separate governing boards for several of the state university campuses, and the creation of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. 

But the big questions remain: will the changes do anything to improve program offerings or hold the line on tuition increases? 

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