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 | January 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:38 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Trying A New Approach To Jail Funding In Klamath County

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Randy L. Shaw explains the plan to fund the Klamath County jail with a fee system.

Klamath County is another of the counties constrained by a small public safety budget. 

Now a group is proposing a fee on every household and business in the county to fund jail operations.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:37 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Race And Justice On MLK Week

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Marvin Woodard, Jr. discusses social justice and coming conference on it at Southern Oregon U.

Maybe we're not always talking nicely, but you have to admit, the election and re-election of Barack Obama certainly got us talking about race just a bit more. 

In fact, Southern Oregon University made race its campus theme for the current academic year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 20, 2014 | 9:00
10:35 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Women and Politics and Winning

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Cathy Allen talks about the inner workings of political campaigns.

It's often been said of the legislative process that (like sausage-making) it's best not to watch.

Now just imagine the process of getting a candidate elected.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 23-27, 2013
2:09 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Exchange This Week: Women in politics, tracking OR-7 and the GMO perspective, straight from the farm

Exchange producer Charlotte Duren and host Geoffrey Riley.
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Here's what's coming up on the Exchange next week (January 20 - 24) Women in politics, tracking OR-7 and the GMO perspective, straight from the farm. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:32 am
Fri January 17, 2014

MLK Day Observances Take Shape

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Claudia Alick sets up Monday's MLK celebration in Ashland--and we hear of more around the region.

Calling all MLK events: Martin Luther King, Jr. will be remembered across the nation on Monday, the day his birthday is observed as a holiday. 

Organizations in Ashland have thrown themselves into the MLK event whole-heartedly for years now. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:30 am
Fri January 17, 2014

SOU Professor Wins Oregon Literary Fellowship

Robert Arellano.
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Robert Arellano shares his enthusiasm about writing... and his Oregon Literary Fellowship.

Robert Arellano's passion for writing is noticed by his students at Southern Oregon University. 

Somebody else noticed the passion and recognized it: Arellano is a recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship for 2014. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:28 am
Fri January 17, 2014

The Universe We Cannot See

A spiral galaxy. This, we can see.
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Dr. James Brau takes us deep into space for an understanding of dark matter and dark energy.

The wonders of the universe continue to unfold with an ever-stronger array of telescopes and other devices for seeing into deep space. 

Then there's all that stuff we can't see, and that's what James Brau wants to talk about. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:59 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Lane County Jail Releases Slow Down

Lane County Jail.
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Sgt. Steven French of the Lane County Sheriff's Office describes the change in jail releases.

The Lane County Jail was one of several in Oregon that earned a reputation as a “revolving door” jail. 

Inmates seemed to depart soon after they arrived, because there simply was not room enough to hold all the people awaiting trial. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:57 am
Thu January 16, 2014

ICE A Cell Phone For Winter

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We get the details of the ICE a Cell Phone Safety Campaign from Michael Jameson.

Mild as it's been so far, there's a lot of winter ahead of us. 

We can expect snow and rain and ice and ICE. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 16, 2014 | 9:00
10:55 am
Thu January 16, 2014

If Time Is Short: "The Priority List"

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David Menasche details his journey through brain cancer to reconnect with former students.

Stop and think: if you got a diagnosis of a potentially fatal illness, how would you change your life? 

Teacher David Menasche faced just such a situation after years of teaching high school English.

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