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 | November 7, 2013
10:38 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Understanding The Latest Western Climate Pact

Credit Michael Jastremski/Wikimedia

Dan Jacobson of Environment California talks about efforts to stop global warming.

The inability of Congress to agree on much of anything slows down legislation in many fronts. 

Climate change is one of these, and political leaders in the West are not waiting around. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2013
10:34 am
Thu November 7, 2013

The Narcissist In Your Life

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Linda Martinez-Lewi describes spotting narcissists (it's not hard) and dealing with them.

Use, abuse, dispose. 

Family therapist Linda Martinez-Lewi says that is the cycle of the true narcissist, a person with little or no empathy or ability to form a true connection with other people. 

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5:24 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Southern Oregon University Announces "Retrenchment" Cutbacks

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Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan announced plans to make cuts in programs and staff to cover a multi-million dollar budget shortfall.
Campus Community: This afternoon, November 5, 2013, I informed our campus of our need to pursue a course of program reduction and/or elimination to meet our budget challenges. This announcement initiates a process resulting in a final plan by March.
Jefferson Exchange | November 6, 2013
10:55 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Encouraging Bicycle Tourism In Oregon

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Harry Dalgaard talks up Travel Oregon's "Bike Friendly Business" program.

So maybe you run errands or even get to work on your bicycle. 

But the idea of taking longer trips--actually taking vacations on a bicycle--is on the rise. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 6, 2013
10:52 am
Wed November 6, 2013

VENTSday-Election Results + Spying On Our Allies

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Listeners vent on the off-year elections and spying on allies.

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange, and you participate by calling 1-800-838-3760 or 541-552-6782 or emailing JX@jeffnet.org.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 6, 2013
10:44 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Helping Veterans Collect On Their Benefits

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Kevin McCormally and Melissa Smith discuss retirement benefits for veterans and all of us.

Veterans Day is less than a week away, and this year, vets will have a chance to get a realistic picture of the benefits for which they are eligible. 

A recent poll showed that a majority of vets are not working with full knowledge of their pending Social Security benefits, or the upside to delaying the age to begin receiving benefits. 

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5:18 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Art Robinson To Run Against Peter DeFazio Again

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The Oregonian reported this afternoon (November 5) on a potential rematch in Oregon's 4th Congressional District.
Oregon Republican Chairman Art Robinson on Tuesday filed to run against Democratic.n Rep. Peter DeFazio for the third consecutive election. Robinson, a scientist and homeschooling advocate who is one of the most unusual figures in Oregon politics, said he doesn't yet know if he will stay as the party chairman through the next election cycle.
Jefferson Exchange | November 5, 2013
1:10 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Shaping Oregon's Willamette Valley Passenger Rail Corridor

Talgo train designed for Oregon.
Credit ODOT

ODOT Passenger Rail Project Manager Jim Cox outlines the state of rail now, and some possible futures.

California is going for the big enchilada in passenger trains, true high speed rail. 

Oregon's ambitions, like its population figures, are a bit more modest. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 5, 2013
1:05 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

OSF Play To Great White Way

Jack Willis as LBJ in the original OSF staging.
Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Bill Rauch talks about the birth of "All The Way," and the process of taking it to Broadway.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival meets "Breaking Bad." 

The star of the recently completed TV show will play Lyndon Baines Johnson in "All The Way" on Broadway later this fall. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 5, 2013
1:01 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Conifers Of The Pacific Slope

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Michael Kauffman helps us tell our conifers apart, and why our region is home to so many.

When you're really interested in trees with seed cones, it sure helps to live in our region. 

And Michael Kauffman does. 

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