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

Let The Sun Shine (And Lower The Electric Bill)

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Shawn Schreiner brings us up to date on solar electric technology... and the ways to pay for it.

A broad definition of "rural" can help businesses in our region let the sun shine in. 

Meaning those businesses can get help installing solar power systems. 

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), covers up to 25 percent of the cost of new solar-electric systems for small rural businesses. 

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

Why Public Radio Needs Fund Drives

Charlotte and Geoff during the last fund drive. Hair and dollar goals are changed this time.
Credit ©Debra Thornton Photography

Paul Westhelle explains the workings of public radio finance.

We admit, there's a certain amount of groaning that accompanies this time of year. 

When JPR puts on its twice-yearly pledge drives, listeners brace for the frequent breaks in programming, urging them to deliver financial support to our radio operation. 

Now it's the boss's turn to groan. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 10, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Iran Hikers/Captives See "A Sliver Of Light"

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Josh Fattal describes his captivity in Iran... and what he learned from it.

Iran was NOT on the itinerary when three American hikers set off in search of adventure in Asia five years ago. 

But Iran became a very long and harrowing stopover for the hikers, who were accused of espionage and imprisoned. 

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

Oregon Children Growing Up Poor

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Tonia Hunt from Children First For Oregon explains the Status of Children report.

One in four children in Oregon grow up poor. 

That's the most straightforward finding of the annual progress report prepared for Children First For Oregon.

The report ranks Oregon in the bottom half of states for child poverty. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 9, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Arbor WEEK In Oregon

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Cynthia Orlando of Oregon Forestry and Anthony Marek of the Arbor Day Foundation talk trees.

When you're as known for your trees as Oregon is, Arbor DAY is just not enough.

That's why Oregon calls the first full week of April Arbor WEEK (California does, too, just a month earlier). 

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

Prepping For Mosquito Season

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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

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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"

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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.
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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.
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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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