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 6, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri June 6, 2014

A Visit With William Joyce

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William Joyce shares his stories and his laughter.

    

Once upon a time, people wrote books. 

Then movies came along, and sometimes books turned into movies, and sometimes movies turned into books. 

We'll cut this short: now a smartphone app can become a children's book. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 9-13, 2014
3:57 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Coming Attractions: June 9-13 On The Exchange

Measles, student loans, and school lunches are among the topics planned for our next week on The Jefferson Exchange.

The schedule is still taking shape, but here... without the pretty pictures and working links... are the offerings confirmed so far:

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Jefferson Exchange | June 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Brewing Up A Big Week In Medford

Chris Dennett pours up details of Medford Beer Week.

Medford has a big week on tap. 

Yes, the pun IS intended. 

June 6th through the 14th is Medford Beer Week, with a whole bunch of events planned. 

They range from the more sedate (beer and food pairing tastings) to the potentially outrageous (one-arm beer triathlon; the other arm holds the beer). 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 5, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Wilderness Act Turns 50

The Chetco River in Oregon's Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
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Marielle Cowdin and Chandra LeGue talk about the value of wilderness.

It's a milestone birthday year for wilderness in America and in Oregon. 

The Wilderness Act went on the books in 1964, the same year the Kalmiopsis Wilderness was created. 

Oregon Wild celebrates with the Oregon Wilderness Conference this weekend. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 5, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu June 5, 2014

"A Higher Call" In The Sky

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Adam Makos recounts the story of the German pilot who did NOT shoot an American bomber out of the sky.

Charlie Brown and Franz Stigler shared a skill: they were both pilots trained in warfare. 

World War II made them enemies, and an incident in December 1943 brought them physically close. 

Stigler had the upper hand, and could have shot Brown's plane out of the sky. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 4, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Court Ruling Finds Fault In Ashland Forest Resiliency

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Jay Lininger and Eric Navickas explain their issues with AFR.

Removing trees can reduce fire danger, but the process presents its own issues. 

Like what happens to the land when the trees are removed. 

That was the central issue in a lawsuit filed years ago against the Ashland Forest Resiliency Project, meant to reduce the threat of wildfire in the city of Ashland's watershed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed June 4, 2014

VENTSday: California Primary + Isla Vista Shooting

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Listeners vent on preventing mass murders, and the California primary election.

California's primary election and the shooting near Santa Barbara are the topics of this week's free-for-all on the airwaves.

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 4, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Exploring (Old--Very Old) Oregon

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Dr. Edward Davis talks fossils and climate change.

The landscape around us did not always look like it does now. 

And it was once home to creatures we can scarcely imagine today. 

The changes in our region are tracked in the new "Explore Oregon" exhibit at the University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Farmers Fight Hunger In June

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Philip Yates describes food bank activity in the summer.

We are practically inundated with information about helping people in need of food. 

During the holiday season, anyway. 

But this month is the farthest spot on the calendar from the holiday season. 

It is also the month of a major Oregon food drive; there's one in California as well.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Eugene Council Considers Climate

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Gordon Levitt details the approach to climate change of Our Children's Trust.

"Think globally, act locally" may get its biggest test in the realm of climate change. 

And local groups are indeed taking a number of approaches to the issue. 

In Eugene, young people presented the city council with a Climate Recovery Ordinance. 

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