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 | August 25, 2014 | 8:30
12:54 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

The Long Road To Jordan Cove

Credit Cascadia Wildlands

The decision on whether there will be a liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Coos Bay is still a while off.

But public officials in a position to influence the decision will certainly know the pros and cons.  State and federal officials are getting an earful on the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and pipeline plan.  Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently met with a delegation from environmental groups. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 21, 2014 | 8:30
12:53 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

West Nile Virus In Oregon

Credit Centers for Disease Control

70 percent of people who become infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms.  That's the good news.

The bad news is that the people who do show symptoms can become very sick and take weeks to recover... and some can develop complications that lead to death.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 21, 2014 | 9:00
12:50 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

A Love For Dogs That's Just "Off The Leash"

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Who can resist a dog, with that fuzzy, warm face?  A few people, actually.

Count Matthew Gilbert among them.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 20, 2014 | 8:00
1:17 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Festival Of Eugene

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Summer festivals continue across the region. Eugene steps up the activity late this week with the Festival of Eugene.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 20, 2014 | 8:30
1:07 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Keeping The Wolverine Off The Endangered List

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The federal Endangered Species Act seems to make everybody unhappy these days.  Extractive industries don't like the way it changes the way they do business (think logging and the spotted owl).

And environmental groups are frequently frustrated by the federal government's slow moves to protect sensitive species.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 20, 2014 | 9:00
1:02 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Glorious Vegetables of Italy

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Put aside the meat and potatoes for a while, we need to talk about vegetables.  And when you hear about Domenica Marchetti's book, you'll understand that need.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 19, 2014 | 8:00
1:17 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Southern Oregon's World Of Wine

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The growth of the region's wine business gives residents and visitors alike ample chances to open a bottle.

And the regular events are supplemented by special gigs, like the Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival this week.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 19, 2014 | 8:30
1:13 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Medford Looks At Sign Regulations

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Sign technology has gotten so good, some electronic signs offer an experience similar to watching TV.

And that's the problem for some people… the signs can be distracting to drivers as the pass by.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 19, 2014 | 9:00
1:05 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The End Of Absence

Credit Michael Harris

The connected life is just great… with a smartphone nearby, we need never be fully "away" from friends and loved ones. Sigh.

Writer Michael Harris says there's a unique opportunity for people of the "straddle generation."

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Jefferson Exchange | August 18, 2014 | 8:00
1:21 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

The Value Of A Burning Forest

After the fire is out, what then?
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It's hard to think about the benefits of a forest fire when it's bearing down on your house or filling the air with smoke. 

But fire is a natural part of the life cycle of forests. 

And it is one that got pushed aside for many years, in favor of fire suppression. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 18, 2014 | 8:30
1:16 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Giving Money To The City Council (Legally)

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Think of the joys of being a city council member: you get to study difficult issues, you get to spend time in meetings, you get to interface with members of the public, often when they're angry. 

And you don't get paid. 

It is that last issue that a couple of members of the Medford City Council want to explore. 

John Michaels and Bob Strosser, both soon to depart the council, think perhaps a few dollars could sweeten the allure of a council seat. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 18, 2014 | 9:00
1:11 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Explosion Green

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We've got many more people on the planet and many more devices requiring electricity, but electricity us is NOT rising sharply in the developed world. 

That's because we've gotten good at energy conservation. 

The green building movement figures heavily in the more efficient use of energy. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Storm Large Sings Classical At Britt

Storm Large at Occupy Portland.
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With a name like Storm Large, can you have anything but a big personality? 

She's probably been asked that before, so we'll have to come up with a few more questions. 

Storm Large is the Portland-based singer/writer/entertainer with a big following. 

She'll perform Kurt Weill's "The Seven Deadly Sins" at the Britt Classical Festival in Jacksonville tonight (August 15). 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri August 15, 2014

How Honest Are We?

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It might sell a few more bottles of tea, but it sets up a good question: how honest are we? 

The organic beverage Honest Tea started researching this a few years ago. 

The company sets out coolers of its products, asking people not to take any. 

You can guess what happens next... or maybe not. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Afghanistan Through A Journalist's Eyes

Samangan province in Afghanistan.
Credit U.S. Army/Public Domain

Afghanistan has been called "the graveyard of empires," because many a powerful country occupied Afghanistan, and NONE left on good terms. 

Journalist Edward Girardet arrived in Afghanistan shortly before the Soviet Union invaded more than 30 years ago.  After the USSR left, it ceased to be the USSR. 

Edward Girardet has fared better, despite frequent trips to Afghanistan, getting to know the country and the people. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 18-22, 2014
4:38 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

After The Fire, Wine, and Wolverines: The Week On The Exchange

Just as fire season winds down (we hope), The Exchange talks about what happens after the flames are gone. 

That's just one of the many highlights of the week.  We'll also visit with the Southern Oregon World of Wines Festival people and hear about wolverines denied entry to the endangered species list.

Here--minus pictures and direct web links--is the week's lineup (which could change without notice).

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Jefferson Exchange | August 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Gonorrhea Infections Zoom In Southern Oregon

The bacteria that causes gonorrhea, under a microscope.
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An increase in gonorrhea cases of 18 percent is enough to cause concern among health workers. 

And that is the number for Oregon between 2012 and 2013. 

Now consider the increase in Josephine County: 270 percent in the same period. 

And that's not the highest... Jackson checks in with a 387 percent increase and Douglas County leaped 1,050 percent. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Blocking Mines On Scenic Streams

The North Fork of the Smith River is one of the targets for mining.
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Some of the prettiest waterways in our region could also be the richest in other ways. 

Hard-money ways, because of potentially valuable mineral contents. 

And miners have shown an interest in extracting some of the hard-rock riches of the streams. 

Which is why environmental groups including KS Wild just delivered thousands of letters to federal agencies, requesting a mineral withdrawal. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 14, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Exploring "The Island Of Knowledge"

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Remember that set of thoughts on knowledge? 

You know: there are things we know we don't know, "known unknowns." 

And then there are the "unknown unknowns"… things we do NOT know that we lack in knowledge. 

Over time, we learn more, and expand what theoretical physicist Marcelo Gleiser calls The Island of Knowledge. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed August 13, 2014

There IS A Free Lunch, For G.P. Schools

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The story of schools in our times is that many of them have to do without SOMETHING because of budget cuts. 

But no student in Grants Pass schools will have to go without lunch in the coming school year. 

The Grants Pass district just announced free meals for all students this year. 

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