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.

A (Legal) Trail For Mountain Bikes

Oct 28, 2014

Sure, there are plenty of trails available to mountain bikes in Southern Oregon, but Mountain of the Rogue Trail might be the first built with bikes in mind. 

Officially, anyway.  Illegal trails have been constructed, too. 

And that's part of the story of the Mountain of the Rogue... that its creation is meant to divert would-be trail builders. 

Jackie Woodson: "Brown Girl Dreaming"

Oct 28, 2014
Penguin Books

Jacqueline Woodson grew up in South Carolina and New York, and never felt completely a part of either place. 

Then again, she grew up in the 1960s and 70s, as civil rights legislation shoved Jim Crow laws into the dustbin. 

Woodson tells her story of the times and her experiences in verse, in the book Brown Girl Dreaming. 

Getting To Know Oregon Rivers

Oct 27, 2014

Flowing or frozen, Tim Palmer likes water. 

He joined us a while back to talk about his exploration and book on California glaciers. 

Now he's back with another book that focuses downstream. 

It's called Field Guide to Oregon Rivers.

Palmer got to know 120 Oregon streams for the work. 

Break Out The Swatches: "Pantone On Fashion"

Oct 27, 2014
Chronicle Books

Lush color and high fashion… described on the radio. 

We do feel the need to stretch ourselves from time to time. 

And this time we'll be talking about the Pantone system for matching colors in use for decades. 

Colors from Cyber Yellow to Jet Black and their uses in fashion are profiled in Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design.

Sen. Merkley Makes His Case

Oct 24, 2014
Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB

In general, there's no easier time to defeat a sitting U.S. Senator than when he or she is seeking a second term.

Case in point: the work Republicans did to find a solid candidate to oppose Sen. Jeff Merkley's run for a second term in Oregon. 

Surgeon Monica Wehby is the opposition candidate in one of this year's most visible political races. 

Soaring With The Southern Oregon Rep Singers

Oct 24, 2014

It started the way a lot of arts organizations start: some people with a love of music decided to put on a concert or two. 

By now that number is up to dozens for the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers

SORS (think flying) brings together some of the most talented singers in the Rogue Valley and beyond, performing some of the major vocal pieces in the classical pantheon. 

Plastic In The Global Ocean

Oct 24, 2014

Dr. Giora Proskurowski knows the oceans, from top to bottom.   And that's not just metaphor. 

Dr. Proskurowski is a University of Washington professor who has studied everything from vents on the ocean floor to plastic trash floating on the surface. 

And he'll deliver a talk about the plastic part this weekend in Coos Bay. 

The man who once introduced us to California's glaciers is back with an up-close-and-personal of Oregon rivers.  That's one highlight of this week (October 27-31). 

We also visit with several more political candidates (yep, some are listed a second time after re-scheduling). 

And we wrap up with a history of the human race, and the influences that shaped us. 

Here's the list, a work in progress:

Coaches For The Rest Of Life

Oct 23, 2014

Coaches are the people who stand on the sidelines at athletic contests, exhorting the athletes under their direction to perform their best. 

When you think about it, it's no surprise that the concepts of coaching have expanded far beyond sports. 

Life coaches have been around for years, helping people do their best in life or work. 

Sandy Abell is the founder of Inside Jobs Coaching Company based in Medford. 

Religion In Poetry With Mary Szybist

Oct 23, 2014

It can be tricky writing about religion in the best of circumstances; people tend to have strongly-held beliefs. 

Think of how much trickier it is to write about religion through poetry. 

Mary Szybist not only did it, she won the National Book Award for poetry last year, for Incarnadine

She brings her talents to Ashland tonight (October 23) for an appearance sponsored by the Chautauqua group. 

Walking To End Domestic Violence

Oct 22, 2014

There are lots of "awareness months" for physical and societal ills, and with good reason. 

When you think about it, some of the issues we face are only handled when we all know what we're talking about. 

Domestic violence can only be addressed by admitting that it happens. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with some key events in several communities.

VENTSday: Voter ID + Armed Campus Police

Oct 22, 2014

Now that Oregon is already voting, it seems a good time to ask your feelings about voter ID laws and curtailments to early voting. 

And on an unrelated topic, let's talk about whether college security forces should be armed.  Those are this week's VENTSday subjects.

VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions. 

"Every Idea Is A Good Idea"

Oct 22, 2014

Lots of people--maybe all of us--get the occasional creative spark. 

But creative sparks without a plan are just fireworks, right? 

Tom Sturges has a few ideas about channeling creativity. 

Sturges is a veteran of the music industry, and he taps the talents of musicians and songwriters and more for his book Every Idea is a Good Idea.

The No Position On Legal Pot

Oct 21, 2014

Oregon can at least look to two other states for ideas about what might happen if voters legalize marijuana. 

Washington and Colorado both voted pot legal two years ago, learning a number of lessons since legalization. 

Passage of Measure 91 in Oregon's November election would add the state to the other two. 

Cancelling The "Siskiyou Plus" Bear Hunt

Oct 21, 2014
Public Domain

A proposal to expand bear hunting in the spring in southwestern Oregon recently died after quite a bit of controversy. 

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife ultimately decided there was too much risk to orphan young bears during nursing season. 

Animal rights groups worked hard for the decision. 

Viking Books

The Rolling Stones are still rocking, drawing huge crowds to concerts. 

But today's band lacks a key figure from its early days: guitarist Brian Jones. 

Jones died in 1969, shortly after the other founding members kicked him out of the Stones. 

His large musical contributions to the shaping of the band and his bumpy personal life are detailed in Paul Trynka's book Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones

New Excitement Over Old Caves

Oct 20, 2014

In a world that applauds the latest and greatest, it's refreshing to see a big celebration over some decidedly old information: humans living in south central Oregon more than 14,000 years ago. 

They left a few bits of evidence of their existence in the Paisley Caves. 

And those caves have now been added to a list of the country's most important places. 

Ashland Heads For A Bag Ban

Oct 20, 2014

California recently passed a statewide ban on plastic bags, but Oregon still handles the issue on a city-by-city basis. 

And Ashland is joining the list of cities banning single-use bags, effective November 6th. 

Stores and shoppers are already practicing for life after the ban. 

RVTD Asks For Tax Money

Oct 17, 2014
Nicholas Blah/Flickr

A federal grant allowed the Rogue Valley Transportation District to add bus service in the evenings and on Saturdays to its schedule. 

But grants expire, and now it's time for another funding source. 

So RVTD is asking voters to approve a five-year property tax levy so the additional service can continue. 

Gas And Its Costs This Winter

Oct 17, 2014
Marina Burity/Wikimedia

Quite a few of us heat our homes with natural gas in the winter. 

And winter is not far away. 

So how much can we expect to pay for the heat this year? 

It can vary a bit from year to year. 

So we'll visit with a rep from the American Gas Association