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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Construction Work Ends
1:54 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

I-5 Pinch Point In Rogue Valley Re-opens

All four lanes of Interstate Five between Medford and Ashland are back in service, after three weeks of one-lane-in-each-direction.

A construction project related to the revamping of the Phoenix interchange (exit 24) required the placement of a large-diameter drain pipe under the freeway.  And that required the closing of a lane in each direction, starting in late April.  

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Jefferson Exchange | May 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Talking Computers To Help Dispatchers

A dispatcher at work for Oregon State Police.
Credit Oregon.gov

Justin Bates explains the advantage of text-to-speech dispatching.

Think about the stress levels incurred by emergency dispatchers: they need to dispatch emergency workers WHILE they are still taking details of the incident over the phone. 

Seconds count in emergency services, and that overlap costs time. 

Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon dispatches first responders in Jackson County, and ECSO has a new tool. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Oregon Innovation At The Smithsonian

California is represented at the Smithsonian; what will Oregon send?
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ScienceWorks' Chip Lindsey talks about the collaboration with the Smithsonian.

Coming soon to the Smithsonian: the innovation and invention of Southern Oregon. 

The region is one of several around the country that will be represented at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. 

Scienceworks Hands-On Museum received a grant to research and produce a video showing the history and future of innovation in the area. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

State+Fed+Local Pot Laws=Confusion

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Leland Berger explains what's been happening with Oregon marijuana laws.

You can forgive the casual observer for being confused about marijuana laws in our region. 

Oregon and California both have medical marijuana laws. 

Neighboring Washington allows pot for personal use. 

Oregon and California both have medical marijuana dispensaries, sort of. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Southern Oregon Economic Forecast

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Mark Dennett gives his predictions for Rogue Valley economic growth.

Economists frequently make predictions about the direction the nation's economy will go. 

Such predictions are harder to come by at the local level. 

But marketing consultant Mark Dennett takes a stab at predicting the pathway ahead of the Southern Oregon economy. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed May 21, 2014

VENTSday: Your Election Analysis

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Listeners vent on Oregon primary election results, heavy on environmental concerns.

The ballots will have been counted by the time our VENTSday segment airs. 

So it's no mystery what we'll discuss with listeners: the results of the May 20th primary election in Oregon. 

From primaries for governor and U.S. Senator to Jackson County's GMO measure, there's much to talk about.   California listeners can talk about issues and candidates in their primary, still two weeks away.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 21, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed May 21, 2014

What To Talk About

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Rob Baedeker shares laughs and conversation advice. Lots of laughs.

We have it so much better than every other animal: we have the gift of speech. 

Although it's hard to believe it's a gift when we're standing in an elevator or other enclosed space with a stranger. 

What is wrong with us? 

Maybe not much, other than not knowing what to say. 

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Libraries Win In Jackson
8:57 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Election Highlights: GMO Bans And Library Levy Win

Jackson County GMO ban supporters celebrate in downtown Medford Tuesday night.
Credit Charlotte Duren/JPR News

A measure to ban crops containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) won easy passage in Jackson County in Tuesday's primary election.

A similar measure in Josephine County also won handily.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Marine Mammals Sick And Stranded

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Jeff Boehm explains the issues showing up in marine mammals in California this year.

Sick and stranded seals and sea lions are found from time to time along the West Coast. 

But usually not as many as are turning up this year. 

The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito reports 446 of the animals brought into the center this year. 

That's already a record, and the year is not even half over. 

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

The Scourge Of Sea Star Wasting Disease

A healthy ochre sea star.
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Jim Burke describes the gruesome effects of Sea Star Wasting Disease.

Sea stars--starfish--are in trouble in much of the West Coast. 

Sea star wasting disease causes the animals to lose arms and ultimately disintegrate, and scientists do not know yet what causes it. 

Oregon's population of sea stars had been left unscathed until recently. 

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