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 5-9, 2014
4:01 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Trains, Condors, And Black Women: May 5-9 On J.X.

Another big week is coming to The Jefferson Exchange (J.X. in our internal shorthand), and here's your advance look.

This is the list--not quite complete yet--that we send out to other media outlets, minus the pictures and manicured web links.

Feel free to peruse the list, and make plans to listen!

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Jefferson Exchange for May 5-9, 2014

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Jefferson Exchange | May 1, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

A Real Tourism Campaign For Our Mythical State

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Nick Salmon lays out his vision for Travel Jefferson, a tourism campaign across the state line.

Forget the political implications of a "State of Jefferson" for a moment. 

What would that state be like as a tourism destination?  Spectacular! 

And an effort to promote the many attractions of the region is starting up under the name Travel Jefferson.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 1, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Quick: Define "Journalist"

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Stover Harger, III talks about the changes in journalism and in defining "journalist."

If you hang out at the city council meeting and send a few tweets about the proceedings, does that make you a journalist? 

That's a question the Oregon Government Ethics Commission wants to answer. 

Public bodies around the country are struggling with how to define who is and is not a journalist. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 1, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Adopted Children "Carried In Our Hearts"

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Dr. Jane Aronson spreads the word about adoption: the work, the kids, the need.

There are many reasons people adopt children, and many adoptions are now overseas ones. 

Dr. Jane Aronson is a pediatrician who specializes in adoption; she founded the Worldwide Orphans Foundation. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Ashland Wins "Most Improved" Bike City

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Mike Faught describes Ashland's bike amenities and services--and how they're improving over time.

Getting the gold star is still a good thing, years after elementary school. 

The city of Ashland's friendliness to bicycles just earned it a gold star from the League of American Bicyclists. 

And that's big jump from its previous bronze status, winning Ashland the title of "Most Improved Bicycle Friendly City" in the country. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

VENTSday: Cover Oregon + Oil Trains

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Listeners vent on the Cover Oregon collapse and crude oil moving by rail.

Cover Oregon's health insurance market website is being scrapped by the state. 

And oil trains are increasing in number and frequency across the country. 

Now THERE are two topics worth venting on!

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 | April 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

The ADHD Explosion

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Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Scheffler define "ADHD Explosion" and its results.

Many parents have wondered why there seem to be so many cases of ADHD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, being diagnosed in America today. 

One in nine children are diagnosed with ADHD, and the majority of them receive prescriptions for it. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 29, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Helping Young Men Succeed At Ranch Of 2nd Chances

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Mark Adams and Eric Morrell describe the workings and plans of Ranch of 2nd Chances.

Humans and horses go way back, and are still mutually beneficial to each other. 

Witness the work at the Ranch of 2nd Chances near Rogue River. 

The ranch takes in young men getting out of correctional facilities, and gives them support on the way to a more independent life. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 29, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Tracking Landslides Better In Oregon

A landslide on U.S. 101 near Port Orford in early 2014.
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Ali Ryan at DOGAMI explains how the SLIDO system works.

The recent landslide in Washington pointed up a basic fact about geology: land that has slid tends to slide again. 

The state of Oregon is taking notice, in fact has been for years. 

The state is in the process of expanding its database of known landslide locations.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 29, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Raising Kids: "All Joy And No Fun"

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Jennifer Senior, herself a parent, walks us through the pitfalls of modern parenthood.

The longstanding joke "my kids will need years of therapy to get over me" reflects our main concern about parenting: what are we doing to our children? 

New York Magazine contributing editor Jennifer Senior flips that around completely, questioning what effect the process of parenting has on the people doing the work. 

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