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 | July 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue July 22, 2014

A Mind For Numbers -- Yes, YOU

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Barbara Oakley takes us into the math mind. Turns out it's the mind for everything else.

Okay, non-math students, stop making those gagging sounds and listen up.  Your case is not hopeless. 

Barbara Oakley is now an engineering professor, but she's one of those people who flunked math in high school. 

Yet she turned things around as an adult, and points the way for other people to do the same. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Medford Considers Dog (Owner) Sanctions

An American Pit Bull Terrier.
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Chief Tim George and Maureen Swift detail the dog ordinance plans in Medford.

Just because the Medford City Council backed down from a dog fight does not mean it's done with dog issues. 

The council chose not to enact a ban on certain aggressive dog breeds earlier this year, after hearing a fair amount of barking (sorry) from dog owners. 

But issues with dogs remain in town. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Southern Oregon U's New President

Dr. Roy Saigo
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Dr. Roy Saigo talks about the challenges at SOU.

Roy Saigo stepped into the college president's office at a time of upheaval: both faculty and students were unhappy about many issues. 

And that was at his LAST job. 

Dr. Saigo inherits a similar situation as the interim president at Southern Oregon University, following program cuts and a faculty vote of no-confidence in the previous president. 

Saigo has work cut out for him in a time of change across the Oregon state university system. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Tech Will Save Us: Smaller/Faster/Lighter/Denser/Cheaper

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Robert Bryce stirs up a discussion on global warming and more.

In a world of finite resources and a (so far) continually expanding human population, something has to give. 

The case is often made that people will simply have to get by with less... fewer creature comforts, more bare-bones lifestyles. 

Robert Bryce is having none of it. 

Bryce points to many cases in which technology figured out solutions that did not involve deprivation. 

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12700 Acres Saturday Morning
9:02 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Progress Made On Shasta County Fire; Fatality Discovered

The Bully Fire shortly after starting Friday afternoon, as seen to the west of Whiskeytown Lake.
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UPDATED | Saturday 9 am - As firefighters make significant progress on Shasta County’s  Bully Fire , Cal Fire officials report that a body has been discovered within the burn zone. 

Cheryl Buliavac, a spokesperson for Cal Fire’s Shasta Trinity Unit, says the body was found late Wednesday afternoon near a residence north of Platina Road. “It appears that the individual was trying to escape the approaching fire,” said Buliavac.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Tough Decisions At Start Of Library District

Library HQ in Medford.
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Maureen Swift talks about Library Board decisions.

The property taxes assessed for library operations in Jackson County will be the maximum allowed, 60 cents per thousands dollars of assessed value. 

Jackson County voters approved the formation of a library district in the May election, and supporters rejoiced. 

Then they took a look at the task at hand, and it's a big one. 

The library district, through its board, formally got the responsibility of running the county libraries on July 1, just a month and a half after the election. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Rewarding A Drive For Science

A still from Rachel Lertora's video.
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Rachel Lertora shares her knowledge and enthusiasm for science.

Do you love science?  Or at least like it a lot? 

We keep working as a society to engender interest in the STEM fields--science, technology, engineering and math. 

And an Oregon student, Rachel Lertora from Astoria, is a finalist in a national science competition climaxing on 4-H National Youth Science Day. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Your (Re)Defining Moments

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Dennis Merritt Jones talks about finding the original self.

"I was born to do this!"  Have you ever said that? 

Maybe someone else in your life said it? 

We can argue with the concept of being destined for anything, but it is a concept Dennis Merritt Jones embraces. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21-25, 2014
2:05 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Meet The New Boss, Recycling CFLs and More: The Week On The Exchange

Southern Oregon University's new president pays a visit to the basement AND we get a lesson in recycling the little fluorescent light bulbs.

Plus, the bull trout gets ANOTHER lawsuit on its behalf and the Oregon Caves may get to expand. 

These are among the many highlights of The Exchange during the week of July 21st.

Minus the pictures and direct links, here's the list so far:

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Jefferson Exchange | July 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Bringing Broadband To The Rural Coast

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Jim Moorehead extols the virtues of broadband.

Just because you live in a rural area doesn't mean you have to live with slow Internet service. 

Actually, in a lot of cases, it does. 

Not by design… it's just that providing broadband service in rural areas just doesn't add up financially for would-be providers. 

So it takes some goosing from public coffers to get broadband to remote areas. 

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