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 4, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Fat, Sweet and Gooood: Chocolate Festival

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Karolina Lavagnino and Jeff Shepherd talk about CHOCOLATE!

Chocolate is not just for February 14th and October 31st.  Not by a long shot. 

We may be in the middle of a chocolate renaissance, as chefs around the world find new ways to prepare chocolate, in exciting new combinations with other foods. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 4, 2014

E-Cigarette Fire Warning

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Fire Marshal Greg Kleinberg details Medford FD's experiences with e-cigarette fires.

It looks like a cigarette, feels like a cigarette… and sometimes even burns like a cigarette. 

Medford's fire department just put out a warning about electronic cigarettes, the "E-cigarettes" that are all over the news of late. 

MFD responded to two incidents in recent months in which the (theoretically) non-burning cigarettes started small fires when being charged. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 4, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Successful Authors Explain The Success

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Molly Best Tinsley and James Sulzer talk about the challenges of writing and publishing books.

Maybe we'll read them on glowing screens, but books--in whatever form--are not going away.

There's still a thirst for a good read, and more than enough authors working to slake the thirst. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Teachers TELL Of Their Working Conditions

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Hannah Vaandering of OEA walks us through the TELL survey process.

Oregon teachers and principals have more paperwork to fill out, but the latest addition is voluntary. 

The TELL Oregon survey takes information from the teachers and principals about their working conditions, and it's quite detailed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Caged Bird Sings Of Change

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Jennifer Fearing was campaign manager for Prop 2, and explains how it's supposed to work.

It's not this year, but a previous one, that may be weighing on the minds of California farmers. 

2008's Proposition 2 requires more spacious quarters for egg-laying hens, but it gave farmers more than six years to comply. 

Animal-rights activists at the Humane Society and other groups say many farmers have yet to make any changes, and could miss the deadline. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 3, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Poet Richard Blanco Visits The Region

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Richard Blanco talks poetry, process, and the many hyphens (engineer-poet...) in his life.

 Richard Blanco already had a number of accomplishments under his belt. 

And then he was invited to deliver one of his poems at the second inauguration of President Obama. 

Blanco is known for his poetry and for his ability to connect with students. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Far Out: Historical Society Relives The 1960s

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Amy Drake and Carolyn Kingsnorth talk about the 1960s, and Southern Oregon Historical Society's coming display.

Break out the tie-dye, man.  It's the 60s again at the Southern Oregon Historical Society. 

SOHS is assembling a display called "Far Out: Southern Oregon in the 1960s," coming to the Woolworth Building in down Medford beginning in late March.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 28, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Small Wineries Team Up For Big Impact

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Laura Lotspeich and Al Silbowitz explain how small wineries work together as Bear Creek Boutique Wineries.

When you're a small winery seeking a big impact, it helps to have friends.  But OTHER wineries?

That's the tale of the collective calling itself Bear Creek Boutique Wineries. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 28, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Getting Going Before Growing Season

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Master Gardeners Sherri Morgan, Carol O'Neal and Bob Reynolds talk about growing and gardening.

Set aside for the moment any concerns about how much water will be available in the coming growing season. 

There WILL BE a growing season, that's for sure.  And this time, just before it starts, is the time when many gardeners--serious and less so--make preparations in their gardens and their skills. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Fixing Up A Forest For The Long Term

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Marty Main and Kerry Metlen update the progress of the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project.

Smoke rose from the hills above Ashland recently, and nobody got alarmed. 

Periodic controlled burns are among the features of the ongoing Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project (AFR). 

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