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 | April 18, 2014
10:10 am
Fri April 18, 2014

The Nourished Kitchen In Print


Jennifer McGruther walks us through her work in traditional foods and some of her recipes.

Trends come and go in the food world, and right now it's popular to know where your food comes from.  Centuries of recipe books just list the needed ingredients, with little or no reference to the original sources. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 17, 2014
12:37 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Discussion About The Trees

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We get an overview of Oregon's Forest Legacy program.

The way in which forestry is conducted is a constant source of debate and discussion in our region.  And it goes beyond whether trees are cut or not. 

It also gets into whether forest land will even continue to BE forest.  State and federal forest agencies cooperate on programs to preserve private forests. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 17, 2014
12:37 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Preparedness For The Next Big Quake

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Jessica Schwarz & Dr. Althea Rizzo talk earthquake preparedness.

We talk a lot about the potential for earthquakes in the region, but how prepared are you?

It's probably a rare family that has a week's supply of food and water, and that's why various agencies continue to re-state the earthquake risk, and how to prepare. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 17, 2014
12:20 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Age Of Radiance

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Author Craig Nelson shares his book "The Age of Radiance."

We've had decidedly mixed feelings about atomic energy through the decades.  The discovery of x-rays in the 19th century gave us brand-new ways to help heal broken bodies.

But then, too much exposure to x-rays or any other radiation can also lead to broken or even dead bodies.  Atomic energy can power our cities or blow them up. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 16, 2014 | 8:00
11:35 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Cover Oregon Limping Along

Cover Oregon updates us on the changes.

Somehow, the state that appeared to be leading the way into a new age of health insurance ended up with the worst website to apply for coverage. 

Cover Oregon is months behind its original schedules, still unable to allow members of the public to buy coverage online, and a factor in this year's elections. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 16, 2014 | 8:30
11:34 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Touched By An Angel To Start A Business

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Steve Vincent gives us the details on the upcoming conference.

So you've got a good idea and a model of a product.  Now what?

It can still be tricky in the best of conditions to secure the start-up money for a new business, even in this age of crowdsourcing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 16, 2014 | 9:00
11:31 am
Wed April 16, 2014

The Wealth Gap Examined: "The Divide"

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Matt Taibbi shares his latest book.

Matt Taibbi is not the first person to notice that very few people (can you name even one?) were punished for causing the financial crash of a few years ago. 

But Taibbi, longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, also notices that our prison population is way up, crime is way down, and poverty is increasing. 

And the way he looks at the facts and figures, it's all related: the rich get richer, the poor get punished.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Celebrating Jazz Month

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Ed Dunsavage describes his own career in music, and the way the Siskiyou Music Project observes Jazz Appreciation Month.

It can get a bit hard to keep track of all the events in April. 

Tax Day, Easter, Passover… and Spring Fund Drive on JPR. 

But April is also Jazz Appreciation Month--hey look, the acronym is JAM! 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue April 15, 2014

The Fight Of Their Lives

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John Rosengren explains the factors leading up to baseball's ugliest-ever on-field brawl.

It was an ugly moment in baseball history. 

One of the game's greatest pitchers came up to the plate to take a turn at bat… and began bashing the opposing team's catcher with his bat. 

Baseball fans will know instantly that this is the story of Juan Marichal's encounter with John Roseboro in the summer of 1965. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon April 14, 2014

E-waste Reuse And Recycling On The Rise

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Curt Spivey explains where our electronics ACTUALLY go when we send them to heaven.

The explosion of electronic devices means a constant churn in many households: replace the older TV/computer monitor/cell phone with a new one. 

Then what to do with the old one? 

That question frequently confounds, but there are places capable of reusing and/or recycling electronic devices. 

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