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 | May 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Healing, And Winning Awards For It

Credit U.S. Navy/Public Domain

Dr. Yvonne Fried and Bill Feagin explain why Ashland's hospital wins awards for wound care.

There are so many ways to damage a human body. 

And a whole lot of ways to fix bodies, too. 

Asante Ashland Community Hospital just won an award for the success of its Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 28, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed May 28, 2014

VENTSday: Veterans' Care + Presidential Protests

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Listeners vent on veterans' care and protestors vs the president.

Fixing the federal VA's care of veterans and the limits of protest (presidential) are the topics of VENTSday this week.

The VA issue is hot nationally, and a court ruling against people who protested President Bush in Jacksonville in 2004 was just handed down.

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.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 28, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed May 28, 2014

The Berlin HIV Patients: "Cured"

HIV under an electron microscope.
Credit Public Domain

Nathalia Holt brings us into the world of HIV treatment and research.

Here's a pair of terms medical science has long sought to put in the same sentence: HIV and cure. 

Not only sought, but succeeded. 

Two men identified as "The Berlin Patients" received treatments that banished the Human Immunodeficiency Virus from their bodies. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Recovering Oregon's African-American History

Richard Bogle and Family, prominent in Oregon and Washington in the 19th Century.
Credit Oregon Black Pioneers

Kim Moreland and Kuri Gill explain the historic preservation program.

African-Americans were simply not allowed to live in Oregon, under the exclusion laws passed early in the state's history.  But the enforcement of the laws was spotty, and there IS a record of black habitation in the face of racism. The Oregon Black Pioneers and the State Historic Preservation Office are joining forces to make sure that history is highlighted and preserved.  

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Jefferson Exchange | May 27, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Elk Creek, Undammed And Open For Recreation

Elk Creek Dam, notched so Elk Creek flows freely through it.
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Justin Stegall and Jim Buck detail the amenities at Elk Creek Park.

Land that was once meant to be underwater is now available for recreation by us land-based creatures.Elk Creek Dam north of Medford was never finished; it was eventually dynamited so Elk Creek, a Rogue River tributary, could flow freely once again.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 27, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue May 27, 2014

The Underwater Museum

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Jason deCaires Taylor takes us into his world of underwater artwork.

We're a radio station, but oh boy, is this a visual story.  

In fact, you'll want to click THIS LINK now to get an idea of the impact on the eye.  Jason deCaires Taylor works as an artist, but he's got an environmental bent, too.  

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Jefferson Exchange | May 26-30, 2014
10:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Coming Attractions: May 26-30 On The Exchange

Every weekday, we put up the items for the next day's Exchange, all pretty with pictures and links. 

Well, here's what the list looks like before the hairstyling and nail polish.

One polite reminder: plans can change for us and for our guests, so what you hear on the air could vary from this lineup...

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Jefferson Exchange | May 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

What's Behind Oregon's Improving Employment

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Guy Tauer lays out the Oregon employment picture.

Officially, the national recession ended several years ago. 

You could not prove that by a lot of workers, especially in Oregon. 

But employment in the state appears to be improving, if not surging... it's just not consistent across the state; Southwest Oregon lags behind.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Celebrating Birds In The Rogue Valley

A starling pauses to reflect.
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John Alexander and Brandon Breen discuss the mission of the Klamath Bird Observatory and the events of the Mountain Bird Festival.

The abundant wildlife of our region is there to be looked at, if you have the means. 

And it doesn't take much in either means or time to watch birds. 

Birders revel in the sighting of birds both common and rare, and there's no special training involved. 

The Klamath Bird Observatory will try to help prospective birders take flight in the first-ever Mountain Bird Festival, coming to the Ashland area over Memorial Day weekend. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Tuberculosis In History: "The Remedy"

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Thomas Goetz tells the tale of Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and tuberculosis.

More than a century ago, a diagnosis of tuberculosis meant almost certain death for the patient. 

Medical science desperately searched for a cure. 

Then physician Robert Koch announced success: he could stop TB.

Another physician, Arthur Conan Doyle, took great interest. 

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