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 | February 25, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue February 25, 2014

War Versus Diplomacy

French damage from World War One.
Credit British Library/Public Domain

Phyllis Bennis shares her views and research on American militarism and diplomacy.

Our leaders talk a great deal about diplomacy, but they also talk about "projecting" American power. 

And often, that has meant going to war.  The Institute for Policy Studies formed more than 50 years ago to promote justice and find alternatives to war. 

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4:26 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Back In Class: Medford Teachers Return From Strike

Medford's Washington Elementary School.
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Striking Medford school teachers returned to their classrooms on Monday, the first day back after a two-week strike.

The teachers' union and the district reached a tentative contract agreement Friday night.  Teachers struck on February 6th over a variety of issues involving pay, benefits, and working conditions.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Oregon Vaccine Exemptions Tighten

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Stacy de Assis Matthews explains the new law on non-medical exemptions for child vaccines in Oregon.

Parts of our region lead the country in avoiding vaccines. 

Ashland is especially high in the incidence of parents seeking vaccine exemptions for their children.  That may change under a law that goes into effect next week. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Getting To Class Without The Car

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Cheryl Carlich talks about college students and their increasing desire to get around without cars.

Anybody who ever tried to find a free parking spot near a major university can understand why many people opt not to drive to campus. 

Parking is scarce and often expensive. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Evolutionary Origins Of Depression

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Jonathan Rottenberg explains the possible link between evolution and depression.

When you look at the life span of the human species, we're still pretty young. 

It wasn't so long ago that our ancestors faced threats from disease and predators.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Cardiac Care For Heart Month

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Dr. Brian Morrison talks about the science of cardiology, and the daily care of the heart.

Forget the symmetrical hearts (filled with chocolates), those are SO last week.

But February IS American Heart Month, a time for all of us to focus on what our real (as opposed to our metaphorical ones) need.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Klamath County Prepares For Drought

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Commissioner Tom Mallams lays out the bleak prospects for water users in drought-bound Klamath County.

California got there first, but Oregon is not far behind: declaring drought before winter is even over. 

Gov. Jerry Brown made the California declaration in mid-January.  Gov. Kitzhaber has only made declarations for four Oregon counties so far: Klamath, Lake, Harney and Malheur. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 21, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Help With The Tax Return

If only filing brought this.
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David Artgetsinger talks about the features of the tax prep help offered by AARP Foundation.

We can't put off filing our income tax returns much longer. 

April 15th is less than two months away, and Uncle Sam takes a dim view of the “better late than never” attitude. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Trying To Turn Bee Concern Into Legislation

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Aimee Code of Xerces Society talks about efforts to reform pesticide use that will help bees.

The killing of tens of thousands of bees in the Portland area last year sparked widespread concern about the use of pesticides. 

And the concern translated to regulation, but so far, no legislation.  A bill to toughen up some pesticide laws just got watered down in the Oregon legislature.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu February 20, 2014

VENTSday (on Thursday): Teacher Strikes + Universal Pre-K

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Listeners VENT on whether teachers should strike, and if we need pre-kindergarten for all kids.

Teachers are on strike in Medford, but should they be allowed to strike, anywhere?  And does universal pre-kindergarten confer all the benefits promised? 

Those are this week's VENTSday topics.

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