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 | 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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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.
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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).
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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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