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 | January 13, 2014 | 8:30
10:43 am
Mon January 13, 2014

ACTing Against Human Trafficking

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Faith Morse, Steve Raycraft, and Det. Jim Williams discuss human trafficking and its prevention.

It's still a bit hard to wrap our minds around the idea of human trafficking in the United States. 

But it does happen, and police keep uncovering new cases. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2014 | 9:00
10:41 am
Mon January 13, 2014

What Does The Dog Know?

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Cat Warren (Cat?) talks about working dogs, and her own cadaver dog, in "What the Dog Knows."

Maybe your dog has a particular talent… can balance a dog treat on his/her nose, for example.

Some dogs go way above and beyond in the talent department, finding everything from explosives to the remains of Civil War soldiers. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:38 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Where Christmas Trees Go When We're Done With Them

In the beginning...
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John Engelhardt talks about picking up used Christmas trees... and where they go.

From memories to mulch… our Christmas trees can live on, in a sense, once we're done with them. 

In many communities, the beginning of the year is punctuated by visits from the Boy Scouts and other groups collecting Christmas trees for a variety of uses, back outdoors where they came from. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:36 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Having Fun With Fermentation

Sauerkraut, Russian style.
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Kylie Christenson walks us into preparing food through fermentation.

How many times have you left food in the fridge and found it MUCH later, turned into a "science experiment?"

It's true, if you leave food lying around, it turns into something else. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 10, 2014 | 9:00
10:33 am
Fri January 10, 2014

The Longest Date (Forever, Maybe?)

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Cindy Chupack talks of life, love, and laughs in her memoir "The Longest Date."

Cindy Chupack mined a rich writing vein by NOT settling down.

The Between Boyfriends Book made the bestseller lists, and she wrote five seasons of scripts for HBO's famed "Sex and the City."

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Jefferson Exchange | January 9, 2014 | 8:00
10:34 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Using Old Energy Leasing Rules On Renewables

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Gary Thompson describes the legislation that would share federal renewable energy site lease income with counties.

The use of renewable energy is meant to help curtail the use of oil and gas.

But some of the practices of developing oil and gas sources may be adaptable to renewable energy. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 9, 2014 | 8:30
10:31 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Moving On Up... To Oregon

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Melissa Sullivan at United Van Lines talks about the states people move TO (Oregon) and FROM (New Jersey).

"We're Number One!" 

Oregonians can now make this claim, but perhaps not so enthusiastically. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 9, 2014 | 9:00
10:27 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Getting Insured Means Getting To The E.R.

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Sarah Taubman takes us through the numbers showing people getting Medicaid use the E.R. more.

The name of a recent study make its point clear in its title: "Medicaid Increases Emergency Department Use."

The study is the latest in a series that tracks the effects of bringing previously uninsured people into Oregon's version of Medicaid, the Oregon Health Plan. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 8, 2014 | 8:00
10:34 am
Wed January 8, 2014

New Laws For The New Year In Oregon

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Oregon State Rep. Peter Buckley talks about new laws that took effect January 1, 2014.

Taking a call from a loved one while you're driving just got more expensive in Oregon. 

The fines for cell phone use while driving just bumped up with the new year.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 8, 2014 | 8:30
10:33 am
Wed January 8, 2014

VENTSday: Evolution Politics + Cutting Up California

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Listeners vent on evolution positions and the idea of breaking up California.

If you believe in evolution, does that make you a Democrat? 

That IS the general trend in America, and one of the topics in this week's VENTSday segment, the other being a new plan for dividing California.

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