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 | December 10, 2013
11:20 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Eugene Gets A "Rest Stop" For Homeless

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Eugene develops a "rest stop" for the homeless; Michael Wisth describes the process.

The city of Eugene is finally getting a "rest stop"… but not the kind where travelers pull off the freeway for a few minutes. 

"Rest stop" in this context means a place for homeless people to spend the night in tents, a legal place to sleep in town. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 10, 2013
11:18 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Philosophy For Life

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Jules Evans talks about practical daily applications for philosophy.

The study of philosophy has a long and storied history, and that history might lead some people to get the wrong idea. 

Namely, that philosophy is of the past, not the present.  That's where Jules Evans comes in.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 9, 2013
11:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Klamath Water Settlements (Anew)

The Sprague River, tributary to Upper Klamath Lake.
Credit Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

Klamath Tribes Chair Don Gentry gives the background and outlook on the latest water agreement.

Water and timber, timber and water. 

The major environmental issues of our region usually involved one or the other. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 9, 2013
10:58 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Lawsuit Over McKenzie River Hatchery

McKenzie River Hatchery.
Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

Bruce Anderson and Dave Thomas of McKenzie Flyfishers explain why they filed suit over Salmon.

When disputes over timber and water arise, fish are often at the center of concern.

They are sensitive to changes in streams and the forests that give birth to the streams.  Now a pair of environmental groups are taking the the federal government to court over fish. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 9, 2013
10:55 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Children Born Different: "Far From The Tree"

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Andrew Solomon explores the world of people "born different" in "Far From The Tree."

Our children are not always born looking or sounding like we expected. 

Andrew Solomon considers that situation, and comes to the conclusion that diversity draws us closer together. 

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Some Schools Close Monday
6:14 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Deep Freeze + Deep Snow = Slow Start To Week

Cinders on packed snow on Oregon 99 (Siskiyou Boulevard), Sunday afternoon in Ashland.
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Unusually deep snow and unusually low temperatures mean the snow is hanging around valley floors in the region.

The transportation system is coming back to full strength ever so slowly.

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Cold Snap Follows Storm
10:17 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Region Digs Out From Early Season Storm

Downtown Ashland traffic creeps North late Friday afternoon.
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Now THAT'S a winter storm.

It may take much of the weekend for the region to dig out from Friday's snowfall.

Snow fell as far south as Mendocino County, snarling roads and causing numerous accidents.  School days, sporting events and stage shows were cancelled in response.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 6, 2013
11:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Singing, Acting, And Christmas: A Big First Friday

The Jefferson State Choral Coalition celebrates its tenth year and the season in two concerts, Saturday in Ashland.
Credit Jefferson State Choral Coalition/Facebook

Callers talk up the many items in the performing and visual arts in December.

There's almost TOO MUCH to see and hear in the arts in the month of December. 

But we'll try to get a good sample.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 6, 2013
10:59 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Totally Tubular: Life In The Wienermobile

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Peppy with puns: the crew from the Wienermobile talk about life in the big bun.

We could not resist the power of the Wienermobile

The iconic vehicle that crosses the country in support of Oscar Mayer products is spending a week in the greater Medford area, spreading the mustard and the word on hot dogs and more. 

We visit with the Hotdogger team about life in the wiener.  

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Jefferson Exchange | December 6, 2013
10:56 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Jesus, A Rabbi For The First Century

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Rabbi David Zaslow discusses Jesus in historical context in "Jesus: First Century Rabbi."

Christians claim Jesus as their savior, but it's helpful to remember that Jesus was himself a Jew. 

Ashland rabbi David Zaslow provides a reminder in  his book  Jesus: First-Century Rabbi.

Zaslow says his book is meant to help both Christians and Jews gain greater understanding of the origins of their respective faiths.

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