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 | May 19, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon May 19, 2014

The Death Of Money

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James Rickards explains why he thinks the economy is headed for disaster--and is in depression now.

Many of us are still trying to recover from the last financial downturn. 

James Rickards says there's another one on the way. 

Rickards is an investment banker who assesses threats to the financial system, and he says the current threat is a big one. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 16, 2014 | 8:00
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Fri May 16, 2014

High Marks For High Schools

Ashland High School and the district administration building.
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Michelle Zundel and Bob King talk about the work of improving a high school.

Several high schools in our region gained some bragging rights recently, as U.S. News & World Report issued its annual rankings of American high schools. 

Ashland High School, South Medford and South Eugene all ranked highly, along with Central Point's Crater Renaissance Academy. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Foster Care Month And Differential Response

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Oregon Child Welfare boss Lois Day addresses foster parenting and differential response.

Lane, Klamath and Lake Counties are the first in Oregon to adopt a Different Response Model that could reduce placements of children in foster care.

May is Foster Care Month, a chance to discuss the events that lead to foster care for kids. 

Reports of child abuse and neglect require a response from child welfare authorities. 

But it is not always the same response.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 16, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Inside Mental Health Care: "Sherry Goes Sane"

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Sherry Joiner describes her long struggle with mental illness.

We debate the proper treatment of mental illness a fair amount in this country. 

Sherry Joiner can shed some light on the debate from the patient point of view. 

Joiner emerged from a turbulent childhood with some serious mental challenges. 

After years of episodes, she finally got the treatment she needed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Poaching The Redwoods

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Candace Tinkler and Marshall Neeck detail the developments in the redwood burl poaching case.

Not all poachers are hunters, and not all targets of poaching are animals. 

Case in point: redwood trees in Northern California. 

The high value of burl and bunion growths on the giant redwoods is proving irresistible for some people. 

So they are entering the state and national redwood parks at night to poach the wood, from trees both living and dead. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

A Regional Look At The National Climate Report

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Julian Boggs talks about details and reactions on the National Climate Assessment.

Denial does not equal defense. 

Global warming may still be denied by some segments of the population, but the evidence of its existence is overwhelming. 

And that evidence includes the recent release of the National Climate Assessment.

The report shows the effects of climate change reaching to every one of the 50 states. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Living Large In "The Big Tiny"

A mobile tiny house in Portland.
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Dee Williams tells us about living in a tiny house.

Maybe it was predictable that there would be a backlash against the so-called "McMansions" of several years ago. 

But WHAT a backlash! 

Instead of 2,000-plus square foot houses for small families, there's a trend very much in the other direction. 

Call it the Tiny House Movement. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Nixing Road Work Along The Sensitive Smith

River and road are constant companions along U.S. 199.
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Jeff Miller explains the opposition to the road widening in the Smith River canyon.

The Redwood Highway through California's Smith River canyon provides jaw-dropping scenic views.

And it's a bit of a bear to drive. 

So the state of California made plans to widen some of the tightest sections of the highway. 

Cue the controversy: those sections are tight because of the steepness of the canyon walls. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed May 14, 2014

VENTSday: U of O Rape Allegations + WiFi In Parks


Listeners vent on this week's VENTSday topics.

The University of Oregon dismisses three men from its basketball team, though the DA does not file sexual assault charges against them.

And state and national parks consider offering more WiFi service.  These are the topics of this week's VENTSday segment.

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 14, 2014 | 9:00
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Wed May 14, 2014

Recruiting and Retaining High-Tech Business

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Heather Stafford and Mark Von Holle explain the high-tech recruit/retain process.

The region has its share of industrial parks, but the "technology park" envisioned for White City is out of the ordinary. 

The idea is to draw businesses dealing in advanced technology to the park, either retaining existing tech businesses, or drawing new ones. 

The emphasis on business retention and recruitment is very much on the tech field of late. 

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