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 8, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Invisible: Black Women In America

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Kristie Dotson leads us into a chat on racism and ignorance.

The recent controversy over race and the NBA--it got a team owner banned for life--reminded us that the issue of race always simmers, never cools. 

And notice: African-American men get much of the attention. 

That is one of the main points of Michigan State professor Kristie Dotson. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 8, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Expanding Passenger Rail In America

Amtrak's "Coast Starlight" en route from Los Angeles to Seattle. The train stops in Redding, Klamath Falls, and Eugene.

Arthur Poole and listeners swap stories about trains and how they can be improved.

If the "Back to the Future" movies had been correct, we'd have flying cars by now. 

But we don't even have true high-speed trains in America… Amtrak's 150 mph "Acela" on the East Coast does not quite count. 

But trains do have plenty of fans, and more riders with each passing year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 7, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Making Mini-Docs On Local Issues

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Cici and Mark Brown describe making their mini-documentaries on Ashland subjects.

Longtime Ashland residents Mark and Cici Brown turned their interest in regional events--and their video skills--into a series of documentaries. 

Those include a look at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's emergency tent construction after a theater damage incident several years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 7, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

VENTSday: Death Penalty + Moving Away

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Listeners vent on the death penalty and whether they'd like to move out of state.

Did the botched execution in Oklahoma affect your views on the death penalty? 

And are you unhappy enough with the state you live in to move?

Those are the key questions before you in 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 7, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Reforming Health Care, Continued

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UMass economist Gerald Friedman lays out the case for single-payer health systems.

The national debate about reforming the health care system tends to veer automatically into politics. 

But there are important realms left behind when that happens: medicine and economics.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 6, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Defensible Space In Case Of Wildfire

A house with defensible space... note the fire-blackened brush in the foreground.
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Kristin Babbs of Keep Oregon Green lays out defending homes from wildfires.

Oregon girds for the start of fire season every year about this time. 

If the gathering drought and the recent hot weather are any guide, it could be an intense fire season. 

The Keep Oregon Green Association is determined to keep any fires as small as possible. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 6, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Yuroks Reach Out To California Condors

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Chris West and Tiana Williams detail the behavior of condors and their importance to the Yuroks.

There are still several steps to take, but California's North Coast could be home to California condors once again. 

The Yurok tribe recently signed agreements with state and federal agencies that might lead to releases of the big birds on Yurok ancestral land. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 6, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue May 6, 2014

The Compassionate Hunter's Guidebook

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Miles Olson joins us to talk about hunting with compassion.

A recent report indicated that fewer people hunt and fish than used to, especially in Oregon. 

The situation may force the state Fish & Wildlife department to raise fees to compensate. 

The act of hunting itself continues to attract both devotees and passionate opponents. 

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Dry Summer Looms
10:11 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Ashland Heads For Water Restrictions

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Car washing and outdoor watering could draw frowns and even fines in the city of Ashland this summer, if drought conditions persist. 

The city is beginning to use the word "will" rather than "might" in discussing water restrictions. 

Just before the rains of early May began, the city announced potential water restrictions for later in the year. 

Those could include banning all outdoor use of water, whether for gardens or car washing or anything else.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Filling An Empty Bowl For Hunger

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Zoe Alowan and Julie Wiley describe the Empty Bowl Supper for hunger on May 9.

One of the most productive agricultural countries on Earth has a hunger problem. 

That's still a hard one to figure out. 

But until someone comes up with a set of permanent solutions, fundraisers will be held to help feed the people in our communities. 

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