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 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:29 am
Fri January 3, 2014

First Friday For January: Who's Who In The Arts

A title we HAD to like, coming to the Craterian in Medford in January.
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Geoff and Charlotte talk about arts events coming to the region in the weeks ahead.

The first Friday of any month has become a day to celebrate the arts around our region. 

Several communities hold First Friday art walks, and some hold similar observances on other weekend days. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:28 am
Fri January 3, 2014

More Fair Days Ahead For Josephine County

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Commissioner Simon Hare explains the current financial picture at Josephine County, with a focus on the fairgrounds.

Things are looking up, at least a little, for the Josephine County Fairgrounds. 

Commissioners decided months ago that the fairgrounds had to be self-sustaining, because the cash-strapped county could not afford to support them.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 3, 2014 | 9:00
10:25 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Congress Fails to Continue Extended Unemployment Benefits

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Judy Conti from the National Employment Law Project discusses pressures on working people in America.

It is not a very Happy New Year for unemployed people, but it's even less happy for the long-term unemployed. 

Because Congress recessed for the holiday season without extending unemployment payments, as it had in previous years. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Barred Owl Shooting Begins

A barred owl rescued after an accident.
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Michael Harris details Friends of Animals objection to shooting barred owls.

The work long rumored recently got underway: gunfire killed barred owls in Northern California. 

And it was completely intentional, meant to give spotted owls some breathing room in their competition with the rival owls for living space. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

The Christmas Bird Count

A starling from this year's CBC.
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Harry Fuller explains the workings of the Christmas Bird Count and the findings of recent years.

The definition of "Christmas season" truly depends upon the person. 

Some people celebrate for a month or more. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Starting The Year With "One Simple Change"

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Winnie Abramson lays out her 50 ideas that can be used for "One Simple Change."

If you are a person who makes New Year's resolutions, you can hold on until you hear this interview.

Winnie Abramson is a naturopathic doctor who writes the blog "Healthy Green Kitchen." 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 1, 2014
1:56 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

New Year's Day Special

Happy New Year!
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New Year's Day ends our run of holiday re-packaging of earlier interviews, with provocative pieces from previous Exchanges. 

At 8: Ronald Schlieffer and Jerry Vannatta make the case for more than needles and drugs in their book The Chief Concern of Medicine.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 31, 2013 | 8:00
11:02 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Record Dry Year For Medford Area

The story of this year: dry ground and blue skies.
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Milt Radford visits to talk about high-pressure blocks and other reasons for the dry year.

Unless a massive storm hits, and soon (highly unlikely), 2013 ends with a weather whimper that amounts to a meteorological bang.

The bang is that the year will end with less precipitation in Medford than in any other calendar year since record-keeping began more than 100 years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 31, 2013 | 8:30
11:01 am
Tue December 31, 2013

A Tribal Casino For Yreka?

The Karuk casino concept envisioned for Yreka.
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Buster Atteberry and Jaclyn Goodwin of the Karuk Tribe describe the casino plan for Yreka.

While a pair of Native American tribes spent much of the last year squabbling over a plan for a casino in Medford, a third tribe quietly laid the groundwork for a different casino in nearby Yreka. 

And the Karuk Tribe got a further boost when California's governor signed a compact with the tribe, a key step toward locating the casino. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 31, 2013 | 9:00
11:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Dorothea Lange Remembered

Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother."

Elizabeth Partridge speaks about her godmother and book subject, Dorothea Lange.

Google the term "migrant mother" and look at the pictures. 

You will know instantly the work of the depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange. 

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