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.


Jefferson Exchange | June 3, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Eat Yourself Pretty

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Jolene Hart cooks up tips for eating for beauty.

Billions of dollars are spent every year by humans attempting to improve their appearance. 

So the cosmetic and hair-product industries might not like what Jolene Hart has to say. 

She arrived at a moment a few years ago when she realized another skin cream would not help her complexion much.  But changing her diet would. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Designing Innovative Programs For Seniors & Disabled

Credit Garry Knight

Bob Weir explains the Aging and People With Disabilities Innovations Fund.

The simple existence of the Baby Boom Generation means we will have more senior citizens over the next few decades. 

And it will take some innovative programs to deliver services to all the seniors and people with disabilities who will need them. 

The Oregon Department of Human Services is trying to spur some of that innovation by funding pilot projects. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Legislating The Klamath Basin

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Craig Tucker talks about the Klamath legislation on the eve of a Senate hearing.

The people who use water from the Klamath Basin can come together and reach an agreement; many of them did. 

But it still takes federal legislation to give any agreement the force of law. 

Oregon and California senators recently introduced legislation to codify the recent Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement. 

It gets a hearing in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Wilderness Now And For The Future

The Illinois River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness west of Selma, Oregon.
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Bridget Callahan and Rex Burkholder extol the virtues of wilderness.

Our country has taken steps to protect some of its wild areas, but the picture in the rest of the world can be grim. 

And no matter where the wilderness, climate change presents another set of issues. 

These and more will be discussed at the upcoming Oregon Wilderness Conference in Portland, hosted by the group Oregon Wild. 

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Four Counties Affected
4:03 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Here We Go: Fire Season Begins In Oregon

When the hills turn brown, the arrow moves to the right. This fire danger sign greets drivers entering Ashland from the north.
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

There wasn't much suspense, and now it's over: fire season begins at the start of the day (12:01 AM) on Monday, June 2, 2014 for Josephine, Jackson, Klamath and Lake Counties.

The Oregon Department of Forestry announced the declaration of fire season early Friday.

The declaration puts a set of restrictions in place on activities that could potentially cause fires to start: debris burning, use of certain kinds of ammunition, and logging, among others (restrictions list HERE).

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Jefferson Exchange | June 2-6, 2014
11:26 am
Fri May 30, 2014

...and The Rest: The Week On The Exchange

Some of the guests we talk to on The Exchange are booked months in advance. 

And then some of them are booked the day before. 

It's a constant churn of people and subjects... and it allows us to share our list for the week in advance.

So here, minus the pretty pictures and functioning links, is our lineup for the balance of the week of June 2nd:

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Jefferson Exchange | May 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Hacking For Community Good

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Nick Skytland, Brandon Barnett and Rachel Hatch discuss who hacks what on the big day.

The term "hacking" still has some negative connotations, rather like "tagging." 

But plenty of people who are turned onto technology are determined to rehabilitate the term. 

Case in point: the National Day of Civic Hacking, set to take place this weekend (May 31-June 1).

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Jefferson Exchange | May 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Restoring School Art Programs In Oregon

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Denise Baxter and Michelle Boss Barba describe "Studio to School."

When the budget ax falls on schools, it tends to fall first on the programs that are not seen as essential to learning, music and art among them. 

School funding and some programs are slowly rebounding from the recession, but many schools do without. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Do Your Laundry Or You'll Die Alone


Becky Blades takes us through the highlights of her book.

So, you're sending a child off into the world once and for all. 

What are your final words of advice? 

How about Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone?

That's what Becky Blades offers to the world in her book by that name. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 29, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 29, 2014

On The Verge Of Fire Season

It will happen; the only question is: how much?
Credit U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Bob Schumacher and Daniel Berlant survey what could be a rough fire season ahead.

Southern California is adjusting to the realities of a year-round fire season. 

So far, we do not have to face that reality where we live. 

But this fire season, which could be declared at any time (already underway south of the state line) , threatens to be a rough one in Oregon and California. 

It comes after several years of low rain and snowfall, and arrives during a drought. 

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