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 | March 31, 2014
10:59 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Southern Oregon U's Sustainability Center

Vincent Smith, director of SOU's Center for Sustainability joins us.

Southern Oregon University is getting into the farming business.

A five-acre farm with fruit trees and a garden is now being developed on university property.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 31, 2014
10:58 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Jordan Cove Approval Rejection

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We talk with the Rogue Riverkeeper who has asked Oregon's governor to help stop the project.

A federal agency just gave one of several approvals to the Jordan Cove gas export proposal in Coos Bay. 

Several more approvals are still required before any gas is compressed or shipped, but environmental groups like Rogue Riverkeeper are not waiting. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 31, 2014
10:56 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Our Addiction To Speed

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Author Dr. Stephanie Brown talks about the process of slowing down.

So what ELSE are you doing while you read this?  We're a multi-tasking society these days, always on the go, frequently rushing from place to place.

Are we moving fast because it's fun?  Might we be addicted?

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Jefferson Exchange | March 28, 2014
11:45 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Railroads & Trains At Josephine Libraries

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Robert Herning and Carolyn Kohn join us to discuss the new series.

Long before Interstate Five, the railroad was the main artery of commerce in the region.  Railroads remain important to the working of the nation, and bring excitement to trackside observers.

The Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries will host a series of programs on trains and railroads called "All Aboard" in the coming months.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 28, 2014
11:42 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bad Films AND Bad Music

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Ed Polish joins us to talk about his adventures in low culture.

There's high culture, and then there's something else.  We'll assume Ashland's Ed Polish is drawn to the "something else."

Polish is the head of Ashland's Bad Film Society, and he's preparing a music special for JPR (on April Fool's Day, natch) called "Sleazy Listening." 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 28, 2014
11:40 am
Fri March 28, 2014

"Warrior Pose" For A War Correspondent

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Brad Willis became Bhava Ram and shares his story.

Brad Willis roamed the world covering wars and other difficult situations for NBC News, before a broken back and failed surgery sidelined him.  And that was just the beginning of his difficulties. 

A diagnosis of cancer made him believe the end was near.  So he changed his focus.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 27, 2014 | 8:00
12:29 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Remembering Crescent City's 1964 Tsunami

Crescent City still bears the scars of the 1964 tsunami today.
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Del Norte County Museum Museum Coordinator Karen Betlejewski joins us.

It's not a happy memory, but it's an important one: a tsunami wiped out downtown Crescent City, California on this date in 1964. 

A huge earthquake in Alaska caused the tsunami.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 27, 2014 | 8:30
12:26 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Renewable Energy > Fossil Fuels

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Charlie Fisher, Field Organizer for Environment Oregon joins us.

By all rights, we should be stuck between a rock and a hard place as a society. 

We have more gadgets--electric cars included--requiring energy. 

And the burning of fossil fuels to create electricity contributes to climate change. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 27, 2014 | 9:00
12:15 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Doctors Work To Curtail Opioid Addiction

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We visit with group of experts and members to discuss the process and success.

While we stayed focused on heroin and other illegal drugs, prescription painkiller leaped to the top of the list of most-abused drugs in America. 

Efforts to bring the so-called "opioid" (synthetic opium) drugs under greater control led to the formation of the Opioid Prescribers Group in Jackson and Josephine Counties. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 26, 2014
10:10 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Jackson County Declares A Drought

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Jackson County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal explains the drought disaster declaration.

The rains returned to the region this week, but for how long?  Unless they continue for a very long time, much of the region is looking at a drought this year. 

California declared a statewide drought in January.  Individual counties in Oregon have been following along in the weeks since.  Jackson County joined the list just last week. 

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