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 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.
Credit Graham Hughes/Wild California

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
10:10 am
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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Jefferson Exchange | May 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Flying To (okay, Near) The Stars With SOFIA

SOFIA in flight.
Credit NASA/Public Domain

Robert Black and Dave Bloomsness rave about their trip aboard SOFIA.

Ever take a red-eye flight? 

It's just no fun flying for hours in the darkness, sitting in an airline seat not designed for restful sleep. 

Now try to imagine flying all night and staying awake ON PURPOSE. 

That's what happens aboard SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.   Think of it as the INFRA red-eye.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 13, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Changing The Anti-Mosquito Formula

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Scott Hoffman Black of Xerces Society describes the mosquito approach at Bandon Marsh.

A problem spot for mosquitoes on the Oregon coast will get limited spraying this year, AND some re-engineering to remove places where stagnant water can collect.

The mosquito issue on the Oregon coast flared again recently, even before the mosquitoes are out in force. 

Last summer's mosquitoes at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge harassed residents and tourists alike. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 13, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue May 13, 2014

The Savvy Insomniac

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Lois Maharg describes her own experience with insomnia... and what she's learned.

Some nights the sleep just won't come, and nothing from warm milk to counting sheep will help. 

Health journalist Lois Maharg can relate. 

Maharg struggled with sleep--and therefore struggled to cope in the daytime--for years. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Drug Abuse Deaths Stable In Oregon

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Oregon Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson walks us through the illegal drug death report.

If deaths caused by drug abuse are dropping in Oregon, it's a very slow drop. 

The State Medical Examiner's office recently released its annual report on drug-related deaths, covering the year 2013. 

There was exactly one fewer death caused by drugs than the year before, but there are some bright spots within the numbers. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Beating Cancer With Gene Sequencing

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Jeff Tyner and Elie Traer talk about the complexity of beating AML, a kind of leukemia.

Beating some types of cancer involves thinking small… VERY small. 

Down to the gene level and below, in the case of acute myeloid leukemia, or AML. 

The "Beat AML" team at Oregon Health Sciences University researches how gene sequencing could help interrupt or even stop the growth of AML. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 12, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Creative Writing On A Grim Time: "Redeployment"

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Phil Klay describes his Iraq experience and the making of "Redeployment."

Just including the word "soldier" in the same sentence as "Iraq" conjures up many images for most of us. 

For Marine Corps veterans, the images are first-person.  Phil Klay served in Iraq during the surge, and came home to finish his Master of Fine Arts degree. 

Klay puts it to good use in a collection of short stories called Redeployment.

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