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 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
10:10 am
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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Jefferson Exchange | June 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu June 12, 2014

From Renewables To Fish Restoration

Steelhead jumping a waterfall on the North Umpqua River.
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Eugene Wier of the Freshwater Trust explains how the trust restores streams.

Using renewable energy in Oregon provides a double benefit. 

First, there's the obvious benefit of using wind or solar or geothermal power instead of burning fossil fuels. 

Second, money from Pacific Power's Blue Sky program goes to help restore fish habitat in key streams around the region. 

The streams include tributaries of the Rogue and Illinois rivers, among others. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 12, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Rookies In The Wild

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John Riha recounts his time on the PCT. He lived.

Interstate Five may be the main travel artery in our region, but the Pacific Crest Trail is our sidewalk. 

People come from far and wide to hike the PCT, for hours or even weeks. 

John Riha and his son gave the PCT a whirl. 

And that might not have been a great idea, in hindsight... neither was particularly trail-savvy, and they chose a portion through the rugged Trinity Alps. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 11, 2014

No School, No Lunch

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Lesley Nelson and Gema McSoto paint the picture of summer food programs.

Kids may be happy that school is out for the summer (or will be shortly). 

But there's a downside, too, especially for children of low-income families. 

Free or cheap school lunches disappear in most locations when the schools shut down.  80% of the students who receive free or cheap lunches during the school year don't get to summer food programs.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed June 11, 2014

VENTSday: Minimum (& Maximum) Wage + State O' Jefferson

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Listeners vent on minimum and maximum wages + "state of Jefferson".

Seattle's plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and the recent votes on the "State of Jefferson" concept form the backbone for this week's VENTSday segment.

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. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 11, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Make Me A Mother

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Susanne Antonetta talks of adoption and the child she and her husband raised.

The woman running through the airport put the security people on edge. 

It turned out she was just eager to meet the baby she and her husband had just adopted from South Korea. 

And that was just the beginning of the adventure. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Agreement Leads To New Timber Mill Activity

Logging ponderosa pine in the Malheur National Forest, 1942.
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John Shelk and Susan Jane Brown explain the Malheur restoration agreement.

It's a rare thing when a timber mill adds another shift. 

It's far rarer that an environmental group applauds the addition. 

But Malheur Lumber is adding a shift at its mill in the eastern Oregon town of John Day, and an agreement with environmental groups played a part in the move.

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

Lake Shasta Caverns Celebrate 50 (?) Years

A view inside Lake Shasta Caverns.
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Matt Doyle describes Lake Shasta Caverns and their history.

It seems a little weird to think of Lake Shasta Caverns reaching a 50th birthday. 

Because the caverns themselves may be many millions of years old. 

But their availability for public tours dates back only to 1964. 

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