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 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Meals On Wheels With A Wobble

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Marc Kane explains the evolving funding situation at the Klamath Basin Senior Citizens Center.

The Meals on Wheels program for seniors is popular in Klamath County. 

Maybe a little too popular for its own good.  The program that delivers meals to seniors has a waiting list... and not much money to make that list shorter. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Oregon Students Missing Out On AP Chances

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Crystal Green and Andrea Morgan of the Oregon Department of Education discuss AP classes.

College-bound high school students can get a leg up on their post-secondary education by taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams and classes. 

But a recent national report shows many Oregon students do not take advantage of the AP offerings. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Depicting Native Americans In Project 562

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Matika Wilbur talks of the many highs and some lows of Project 562.

There's not a lot of in-between in mass media depictions of Native Americans. 

We often get either the Hollywood depictions of noble warriors from the movies, or the news stories about alcoholism and poverty on the reservation. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Getting Busy AFTER Retirement

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Indra Nicholas and Cathyann Wright boost volunteer opportunities for seniors and everybody else.

Some people think of retirement as a set of sunny years playing lots of golf. 

Some other people might find that concept of retirement to be something straight out of hell. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Reviving Crop Donation Tax Credits

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Beverly Hughes at Food For Lane County explains the efforts to revive the crop donation tax credit.

Drop a bag of clothing off at Goodwill, and you'll get a receipt and a potential tax credit. 

But farmers who grow extra acres of food and donate the produce to food banks get no such tax credit in Oregon.  And they used to. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon February 17, 2014

The Truth About Trust

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David DeSteno explains how trust works, and how variable it is.

They can be two of the most chilling words you'll ever hear in combination: “trust me.” 

But we can't simply rely on ourselves and our own judgment for everything in life.  At some point we have to trust somebody else. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 12, 2014 | 8:00
4:19 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Retrenchment Looms At Southern Oregon U.

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"Retrenchment" is not a word used lightly on the Southern Oregon University campus.

SOU President Mary Cullinan explains the latest with retrenchment at SOU.

It is the term required when the university considers program cuts that would result in faculty jobs being lost.

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

VENTSday: Affordable College + E-Cigarettes

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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.
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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.
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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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