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 19, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Getting Healthy Together: Community Health Improvement Plans

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Vanessa Becker and Deborah Ameen describe the CHIP (Community Health Improvement Program) process.

We are often urged as individuals to work to improve our health. 

But can we all get better together, as a community?  The recent news that childhood obesity has dropped sharply confirms the long-held belief that community health campaigns work. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 19, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed March 19, 2014

VENTSday: Gun Laws + Public Records

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Listeners call and email for a lively discussion of gun and public records laws.

The never-ending American argument over guns and gun laws comes to VENTSday this week. 

Along with a discussion of public records--which we can live without, and which we truly need.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 19, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Freedom And Dialogue In A Polarized World

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Sharon Schuman explains the concept of "dialogic freedom," so we can talk to each other across ideological lines.

To understand a person, walk a mile in their shoes. 

Not a lot of shoe-swapping going on in the world today, is there?  Historians assure us there have been other periods of polarization in American history (see: Civil War), but we have to live in this one.  Unless we can do something about it. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Stories Of Regional History--On Disc

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Dennis Powers talks about his love for history writing, and the history CD he created.

Ashland author Dennis Powers spent his college years learning the law and business. 

But he always relished a good story from history.  So he decided to start writing his own books about regional history. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Speaking For The Trees In The Applegate Valley

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Matt and Lydia Musselwhite explain the details of the area they want to protect from logging.

The concept of protecting lands through conservation easements is well-established. 

Property owners agree not to log (or farm, or mine, or whatever the easement specifies) their land far into the future.  A group in Oregon's Applegate valley called Speak For the Trees is working to reach conservation easements to protect forest land from logging. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Environmental Films On The Big(ger) Screen: Siskiyou Film Fest

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We discuss environmental issues and films with Barry Snitkin, Morgan Lindsay and Matt Stoecker.

Our region is home to a vigorous environmental movement. 

It is also home to a large number of film buffs.  Both crowds will gather for the 2014 edition of the Siskiyou Filmfest in Grants Pass next weekend. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 19-21
11:10 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Exchange Unpainted: The Week's Highlights In The Raw

We do a little manicuring before we put our daily listings for the NEXT edition of the Jefferson Exchange on the Web. 

But people frequently ask us for a further look ahead.  So here's our list of planned guests and events for the rest of the week... still a work in progress.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Newspapers And The Shining Of Light

Newspapers roll off the presses.
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Paul Steinle discusses newspapers and their greatly changed business model.

Let the sun shine! 

This week is Sunshine Week across the country, a chance to observe and celebrate the laws and efforts that keep much of the workings of government open to the people. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Keeping Wolves On Track To Recovery

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Rob Klavins of Oregon Wild is upbeat about wolf recovery in Oregon.

Oregon's Fish and Wildlife Commission got a recent report on the success of wolf management in the state.

And the process of wolf recovery appears to be going relatively well, even in the eyes of some environmental groups. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Big Bucks In Subsidies For Big Business

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Philip Mattera explains Good Jobs First's report on big subsidies to big businesses.

Political figures often speak of the "job creators" as small business owners. 

But when it comes to doling out government dollars in subsidies, the big businesses are often first in line.  That's the finding of the non-profit research center Good Jobs First, based in Washington, DC. 

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