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.


Strike Deadline February 6
12:31 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Medford Schools Announce Strike Plans

Jackson Elementary is one of the schools that would remain open if Medford teachers strike.
Credit Medford School District

The Medford School District released its plan for school schedules if teachers strike Thursday morning.

The teachers' union set February 6th as its deadline several weeks ago: either a breakthrough in contract negotiations, or a strike.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Foster Care Ombudsman For Oregon

Credit Grant Barrett/Wikimedia

Pamela Butler and Zach Miller explain the steps in adding a foster care ombudsman.

Foster care is meant to keep children safe and healthy, but taking kids away from their parents is tough on everyone involved: children, birth parents, and foster parents.

There are advocates available for children, but Oregon is now about to take a further step. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 5, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed February 5, 2014

VENTSday: Punishment vs Rehab + Boosting The Graduation Rate


Listeners vent on getting kids through school and how to treat criminals behind bars.

We continue to debate whether people behind bars are there to be punished or to be given a chance to improve their lives. 

And we continue to struggle with getting our children to graduate from high school on time.  These will be the topics of this week's VENTSday segment.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 5, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Helping Seniors Stay Secure

Credit Garry Knight

Roberto D'Amico, Colleen Nelson and Joanne McCarley discuss senior financial abuse and spotting the signs of it.

It behooves us to think ahead to the days when we are not as sharp mentally as we once were.

When you think about it, how will we know we are not being taken advantage of? 

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Strike Set For Thursday
6:27 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Strike Deadline Approaches: Medford Teachers Talk

An informational picket by teachers and their supporters.
Credit Medford Education Association

Medford teachers and the school district returned to contract talks Tuesday, but not before taking more public shots at each other.

Mediation sessions resumed a few hours after the union chief and the school superintendent published dueling guest columns in the Mail Tribune of Medford.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 4, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Trinity Restoration Hits Rough Water

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Tom Stokely and Gary Graham Hughes fill us in on their issues with efforts to restore the Trinity River.

There is general agreement that the region's streams need a bit more help to be truly friendly places for fish. 

But there's plenty of disagreement over HOW to provide that help. 

Take the Trinity River in California. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:20 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Concern Over Mercury In Oregon Rivers

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Bill Meyers and Lori Pillsbury explain the reason for concern over mercury in Oregon rivers.

The Rogue River looks pristine in many places, but looks are deceiving. 

The Rogue, the McKenzie, and other Oregon rivers may be added to a list of streams bearing high levels of mercury.  In some of the native fish, though generally not the water.

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

Meeting And Talking To Anyone

Credit Contact Strategies, LLC

Marvin Brown walks us into casual conversations with people we just met. Yes, you CAN talk about the weather.

"Nice weather today." 

"Yes, but I hear it might rain." 

If this sounds like a conversation you've had often, you might be ready to absorb the knowledge of Marvin Brown. 

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First...The News
5:35 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

A Look Inside

Geoff Riley | JPR News Director & Host, Jefferson Exchange

We can now say “news team” at JPR with a sense of accomplishment knowing that we have the ability to realize the full potential of that title with the addition of staff and resources. We’ll be joining you in each edition of the Jefferson Monthly with a look inside our burgeoning news operation.

True, “burgeoning” may be overstating things just a bit. But the last half of 2013 featured some key changes in what we offer to our listeners and web visitors under the banner of JPR News:

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JPR News
5:20 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Medford Teacher Talks Resume Two Days From Strike Deadline

Staffing classrooms will be an issue if Medford teachers strike Thursday.
Credit Wikimedia

Two days before a planned strike date, the Medford School District and its teachers return to talks aimed at finding a contract both sides can live with.

Talks, plural.  The plan for the Tuesday sessions calls for negotiating teams from the district and the teachers' union to meet in separate rooms, with a mediator shuttling between them.

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