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 5, 2013
11:20 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Wine Industry Grows Quickly In Southern Oregon

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Michael Donovan discusses the growth in the wine industry, growth he expects to continue.

From former pear orchards, a bounty of wine. 

Many of the same Southern Oregon agricultural plots that were once home to pear orchards are now home to vineyards growing wine grapes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 5, 2013
11:17 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Enjoying Local Farm Goods Outside Growing Season

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Wendy Siporen and Sebastian Aguilar talk about local farm products available in winter.

So the growing season is over. 

But that does not mean an end to products from area farms. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 5, 2013
11:11 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Protecting The Uncontacted People

Bora people of Peru, 2006.
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Rebecca Spooner of Survival International explains the efforts to protect the "uncontacted people."

It's hard to believe that there are still people living on the Earth who have little or no knowledge of civilization as we know it. 

But such tribes still exist, particularly in the thick jungles of South America.  And they have friends of a sort in organizations like Survival International. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 4, 2013
10:45 am
Wed December 4, 2013

O & C Proposal-The Environmental Group Perspective

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Dominick Della Sala and Joseph Vaile weigh in on the Wyden timber plan from an environmental perspective.

Round two of our interviews on the Sen. Ron Wyden proposal to divide up the O & C timber lands in western Oregon… 

Environmental groups already pointed out problems they see with both the land treatments and the legal implications. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 4, 2013
10:41 am
Wed December 4, 2013

VENTSday: O & C Timber Bill + Phones On Planes

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Listeners vent on the plan for managing the O & C timberlands, put out by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon.

There's already a wealth of opinion being offered on Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden's timber bill, and you can add to it on this week's VENTSday segment on The Exchange.

Every Wednesday at 8:30, we throw a pair of topics on the table--in theory, unrelated--and open up the phone lines and the email box to gather your take on either or both of the issues.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange, and you participate by calling 1-800-838-3760 or 541-552-6782 or emailing JX@jeffnet.org.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 4, 2013
10:37 am
Wed December 4, 2013

The Remote Office (Your Home)

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Jason Fried explains how working from home (or just remotely) works best for workers.

Working from home was once limited to people who owned home businesses. 

But the modern workplace with its computer connections allows many more workers to stay in the comfy environs of home and work in their pajamas, if they desire. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 3, 2013
11:29 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Timber Legislation From O & C Counties Perspective

Logs at a Glendale mill in 2008.
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Doug Robertson gives an O & C Counties take on the Wyden timber legislation.

The other shoe just dropped in the plan to reorganize some of Western Oregon's federal forests. 

The so-called O & C lands were already the focus of a bill passed in the U.S. House earlier this year. 

Now Sen. Ron Wyden has released his plan--different from the House version--for giving greater protection to a portion of the lands, while managing the remainder more intensively for timber production. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 3, 2013
11:27 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Higher Speeds For Applegate Lake?

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Oregon State Marine Board's Ashley Massey describes the Applegate Lake speed-limit process.

There's frequently a bit of tension between groups of people who want to enjoy public waterways. 

That tension is on display over Applegate Lake in Jackson County. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 3, 2013
11:25 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Alternative Radio With David Barsamian

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David Barsamian talks about media concentration, and why he chose independence.

There's mainstream media and lots of stuff that does not fit in the mainstream, and then there's David Barsamian. 

He not only considers what he does out of the mainstream, the very name of his media venture is Alternative Radio. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 2, 2013
10:29 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Fingerprinting And Photographing Kids For Safety

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Lytishya Borglum describes the events at the Child Safety Fair in Coos Bay December 7.

Once upon a time, people might have been shocked at the idea of getting our kids' pictures and fingerprints taken just in case they disappeared. 

But picture-and-fingerprint events have been going on for decades, and they continue still.

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