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 6, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu March 6, 2014

50 Jobs In 50 States

Georgia's job: Daniel Seddiqui shelled peanuts.
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Daniel Seddiqui describes the fun (and drudgery) of working all those jobs across the country.

We change jobs and even careers more often than in the past, but 50 jobs in a year? 

That's what Daniel Seddiqui did.  His own experiences with the job market after college graduation sparked an idea: to spend a year working a job in each of the 50 states, a week at a time. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Gearing Up To Fight GMO In Jackson County

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Supporters of Jackson County's anti-GMO measure lay out their position.

The election is more than two months away, but the debate over GMO crops in Jackson County started a long time ago. 

The May primary election will feature Ballot Measure 15-119, which would ban the growing of genetically engineered crops in Jackson County if it passed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 5, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed March 5, 2014

VENTSday: Local Pot Regulations + Russia/Ukraine

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Listeners vent on the Russia/Ukraine situation, with a few comments on medical pot.

Let's hear your thoughts on whether Oregon communities should be allowed to block marijuana dispensaries. 

Or maybe you'd prefer to weigh in on how the United States and its allies can defuse the Ukraine/Russia situation.  Those are this week's VENTSday topics...

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Jefferson Exchange | March 5, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Internet Genius Danny Lewin: "No Better Time"

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Molly Knight Raskin tells the story of Danny Lewin, the late genius who sped up the Internet.

There's such a mixture of triumph and tragedy in the story of Danny Lewin. 

The triumph came with computers: he figured out ways to make the Internet faster.  The tragedy came in his early death: Lewin was 31 when he boarded one of the planes that ended up crashing into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. 

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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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