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 | February 12, 2014 | 8:30
4:15 am
Wed February 12, 2014

VENTSday: Affordable College + E-Cigarettes

Credit guernicamag.org

What will it take to make college more affordable in our country?

VENTSday topics: The cost of college and laws for e-cigarettes.

And those nifty electronic or "E-cigarettes": should we regulate those like the old-fashioned cigarettes? 

Those are the key questions in our weekly VENTSday segment.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 12, 2014 | 9:00
4:10 am
Wed February 12, 2014

The Beatles Are Here (...or were)!

The Beatles at Kennedy Airport in New York, February 1964.
Credit Library of Congress/Wikimedia

It's been almost exactly 50 years since The Beatles first landed in America and changed the world.

Author Penelope Rowlands shares her love for the Beatles.

There are many commemorations planned, including a book by Penelope Rowlands called The Beatles Are Here! 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Why The Oregon Chub Is A De-Listing Candidate

The Oregon Chub, a tiny minnow.
Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

Rollie White at U.S. Fish & Wildlife gives a recent history of the chub, and its population explosion.

Not every species that enters the endangered species list stays there for decades. 

The bald eagle recovered enough to get de-listed, and so did several other animals.  But no fish ever came off the list… until now. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Backlash To Wyden Timber Plan

Credit M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia Commons

Dominick DellaSala explains the conservationist opposition to the Wyden timber plan.

It has been said many times that journalists and legislators know they've probably done their jobs well when many people are angry with them. 

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden can probably relate. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue February 11, 2014

How Low Is The Snow? A Drought Update

A snow survey in the Sierra, 2008. That's Frank Gehrke on the right.
Credit California Department of Water Resources

Frank Gehrke talks snow surveys, what they show this year, and what that means for California water.

Recent rain and snow are good to have, but probably not good enough. 

The region is way behind in precipitation, and California's governor already declared a drought weeks ago.  Oregon may follow suit if the conditions demand. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Inside The Medford Teacher Strike

A rally in support of teachers, months before the strike began.
Credit S.O. Jobs With Justice

Teachers union reps, followed by the school superintendent, explain their sides in the Medford strike.

Long faces, tired eyes, and picket signs marked the start of the Medford teacher strike on Thursday (February 6th).

Teachers hit the picket lines after nearly 10 months of negotiating with the Medford district failed to produce a teacher contract. 

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

(Oregon) Shakespeare Back In Business

Credit Wikimedia

Alison Carey lays out the plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this season.

February includes a lot of important dates, one of great regional significance: it is the month the Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens for the season. 

Previews begin later this week on OSF's indoor stages. 

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

Delivering Insults With Class

What are YOU looking at, you wanton, motley-minded horn-beast?

Barry Kraft exults in Shakespeare's words... especially the insults.

Did we mention February is big for Shakespeare in Ashland?

 

We could not resist an interview with the creator of the clever book Shakespeare Insult Generator.  Think of it as “Mad Libs” for insults, using lines and words from Shakespeare plays. 

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Several Majors Eliminated
5:57 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

SOU Releases Plan For Cuts

Hannon Library, in the heart of the SOU campus.
Credit Finetooth/Wikimedia

Southern Oregon University will move ahead with plans to cut programs to save money.

On Thursday, SOU administration released plans for "retrenchment"--cutbacks in academic programs that allow the elimination of faculty jobs.

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Teachers On Strike
5:48 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Medford School Talks Set For Weekend

Medford's Washington Elementary School, pre-strike.
Credit Opsis Architecture

Teachers continue to walk picket lines in the Medford school district, as the first teacher strike in the district's history continues.

The district plans for schools to reopen on Tuesday with replacements, while both sides planned to meet with a state mediator over the weekend.

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