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 8, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Prepping For Mosquito Season

Credit Centers for Disease Control

Biologist and vector controller Jim Lunders talks about mosquitoes and how to deal with them.

When you get right down to it, mosquitoes are wildlife. 

But NOT the kind of wildlife many people had in mind when setting up the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on the Oregon Coast. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 8, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Humboldt Bay Trail Gets A Boost

Credit U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Karen Diemer from the city of Arcata shares the history and vision of the Humboldt Bay Trail.

It might be a little early to start pumping up the bicycle tires, but the long-sought Humboldt Bay Trail from Eureka to Arcata is a step closer to reality. 

The state of California just ponied up $2 Million for studies that will push the project further along. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 8, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Higher Education: "Degrees Of Inequality"

Credit Basic Books

Suzanne Mettler points out the trends in higher education funding, tuition... and politics.

You can start an argument, or at least a spirited discussion, by raising the topic of higher education in America. 

The tuition is high, the level of student debt high, and the utility of certain degrees low or at least in doubt.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 7, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Pear Blossom Festival Returns To Medford

Crowds throng a previous version of the Pear Blossom Festival.

Darcey Mann-Self lays out the coming events of Pear Blossom Festival.

It starts with spring and the blossoming of new life.

It extends a whole lot further; into parties, a food festival, a parade and more. 

The Pear Blossom Festival brings crowds of people to Medford this week and weekend. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 7, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Working To Boost Flows In Drought-Stricken Streams

The Mattole River at Arthur Way County Memorial Park.
Credit Public Domain

Linda Sheehan explains the efforts to use the Clean Water Act to keep water in some streams.

Rains finally came to the region recently. 

And now they're leaving. 

Which means we're essentially back to where we were a few weeks ago: looking at a drought, likely a severe one. 

The Earth Law Center and other groups warn of stream flows too low for salmon and other fish to survive this year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 7, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

The Ecstasy Of Surrender

Credit Harmony Books

Dr. Judith Orloff explains the path of surrender as a way to fulfillment.

The level of stress in many people's everyday lives is well documented. 

And so is the frequent suggestion that we find ways to let go of some of that stress.  Psychiatrist and professor Judith Orloff puts in her two cents--and a whole lot more--in her book The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 4, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

First Friday Arts: David Morris And Jack Morris

David Morris.
Credit Mike Meador/

David Morris and Jack Morris regale us with song and story.

Father-and-son musicians David and Jack Morris will be our featured guests on this First Friday of April, on their way to a session at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. 

Video Extra: The full version of "Gypsy Davy."

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 | April 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Filmmaker Barbara Kopple At AIFF

Credit Cabin Creek Films

Barbara Kopple talks about her filmmaking career and her Oscar wins.

Barbara Kopple is one of the featured guests at the Ashland Independent Film Festival taking place this weekend (April 3-7). 

Kopple is the winner of a pair of Oscars for her previous efforts. 

And her film on the Hemingway (as in Ernest) family, "Running From Crazy," will screen at AIFF this weekend as well. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 4, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Best Bad Guys: "Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues"

Credit Prometheus Books

Paul Martin introduces us to the miscreants in his book "Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues."

Generations of movie audiences have thrilled to the gory exploits of Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." 

But many of the moviegoers may be unaware that Norman was based on Wisconsin's Ed Gein, who treated women even more poorly than the fictional Mr. Bates.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Rough And Ready Lumber Coming Back

Credit Photo: Cassandra Profita

Jennifer Phillipi explains the mechanisms that will get Rough and Ready back in business.

What was once lost is returning. 

Rough and Ready Lumber closed its doors near Cave Junction several months ago, shutting the last operating sawmill in Josephine County. 

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