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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One Lane Each Way
5:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

I-5 Bottleneck In Phoenix To Last Until May 22

Day One of the road work. Note the clogged traffic approaching the single-lane section.
Credit ODOT/Tripcheck.com

Interstate Five travelers will endure three weeks of daily delays between Ashland and Medford, now that work has begun on an excavation project.

The project, related to a new Phoenix interchange (exit 24 in Oregon), will install a large drainage pipe under the freeway north of the exit.

While the work goes on, traffic will be restricted to a single lane in each direction.  The Oregon Department of Transportation--ODOT--expects delays of up to 20 minutes each way.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Taking Drought Action In Ashland Parks

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Dave Kanner, Julie Smitherman, and Mike Faught discuss water conservation measures in Ashland.

There's not much we can do about drought, other than take actions that reduce our need for water. 

The city of Ashland is doing just that in its city parks.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 28, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Josephine County's Jail Vote: Measure 17-59

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Pat Fahey lays out the case for a yes vote on Josephine County's Jail Levy (Measure 17-59).

Raising taxes has always been a tough sell in Josephine County. 

We'll know in a few weeks if the lack of sheriff's department patrols and a rise in crime has made the sell any easier. 

Josephine County voters will decide the fate of Measure 17-59 in the May 20th election. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 28, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon April 28, 2014

From The Desk Of A Mystery Writer

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April Henry talks about her success in mystery writing, and the ongoing popularity of the genre.

She learned about true crime stories from her TV news director father (and later Jackson County commissioner) Hank. 

April Henry managed to turn telling similar stories into a career. 

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JPR Regional News
9:45 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Work On I-5 Resumes Sunday After A Week Long Delay

No delays and no rain on Monday afternoon (4/21).
Credit ODOT/Tripcheck.com

Work will resume Sunday (4/27) on Interstate Five between Ashland and Medford after the threat of rain forced contractors working for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to postpone the work.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri April 25, 2014

The Value Of Support Groups

Credit UC San Francisco

Gail Gallaher and Ted Clay describe the workings of support groups.

Disease and injury do not play favorites; you are as likely to be hit by a medical surprise as any other person.

When ongoing medical issues arise, patients and their loved ones alike gain healthy perspectives from support groups. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Not Just Walking, STOMPing On MS

Augi Garred talks about MS and the fight against it.

It's not enough to just take a walk to end multiple sclerosis; the Oregon chapter of the National MS Society urges people to "stomp all over MS." 

More than 7500 people in Oregon receive services from the chapter. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 25, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri April 25, 2014

He's A Swami. He's A Comedian. He's Both!

Steve Bhaerman talks about 9/11 truth and using laughter to get people talking.

The puns and the laughs just keep coming when Steve Bhaerman takes the stage. 

Sometimes he's Steve, and sometimes he's the alter ego Swami Beyondanonda, but it's always comedy with a big heart. 

Bhaerman/Beyondanonda is the creator of such terms as the "daily laughsitive" (say it out loud) and the "right to laugh movement." 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Southern Oregon U.'s "Inspire Academy"

Dan Woodward explains the offerings and workings of Inspire Academy.

When school is out for the summer, getting more education is the last thing on many kids' minds.

Maybe that's why Southern Oregon University left the words "school" and "education" out of its summer program: Inspire Academy. 

The academy offers middle school-aged kids an "experience" in many realms, from chess strategy to stage combat to monster anatomy. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Politics Of Beer By-Products With Sen. Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden explains his issue with proposed new rules on "spent grain" at breweries.

A change in terminology for beer makers could cost them millions of dollars. 

Brewers often send the spent grain from their operations to ranchers as livestock feed. 

And a proposed federal regulation would require the breweries to dry the grain first, adding considerable costs to them--and potentially, to each bottle of beer. 

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