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 15, 2013
11:45 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Focusing On Motive & Suspect In Medford Bombing

Credit Bob Pennell, Mail Tribune/AP

It appears only luck prevented a bomb from causing more damage at the Jackson County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday morning.

An explosive device shattered windows at the vacant DA's office, but the propane tank it was apparently meant to detonate did not explode. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 15, 2013
11:41 am
Fri November 15, 2013

After The Fire, The Salvage Argument

The Jenny Fire burns near the Rogue River in the summer of 2013.
Credit PNW #2 IMTeam

It's one of the most predictable patterns in nature: a wildfire starts in a forest, a massive firefighting effort eventually succeeds in stopping the fire…

and then, after a few weeks, the arguments begin over how best to help the landscape recover from the fire.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 15, 2013
11:36 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Art Inpires Ashland: The Filmmaker

Reina-Marie Loader at work on "Horn," her film about rhinoceros poaching.
Credit Reina Marie Loader/YouTube

The Art Inspires Ashland mini-festival brings artists from other parts of the world to the Rogue Valley, to explain their work processes and the results.

One of the visiting artists is South African born- and Austrian-based documentary filmmaker Reina-Marie Loader, who focuses her lenses on some of the most controversial topics in the world. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2013
10:57 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Prep For The Later Years: Vital Aging

Credit Garry Knight

Even people born close to the end of the Baby Boom are receiving offers of membership in AARP. 

The organization will likely swell in members in the coming years. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2013
10:54 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Keeping Carbon Monoxide Out Of The House

Credit Sideroxylon/Wikimedia

Ah, winter.  It can certainly be pretty in the right conditions, but the weather often forces us indoors, windows and doors shut, with some kind of heating system running. 

What could go wrong?  Carbon monoxide, for one thing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2013
10:52 am
Thu November 14, 2013

What To Do About E-Waste

Now where?
Credit Curtis Palmer/Wikimedia

We love our electronic devices in America.

Sometimes it seems it's reaching the point of "you'll have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers" when it comes to cell phones and other gadgets.  Until, that is, the NEXT thing comes along. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 13, 2013
10:43 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Elder Abuse-The Financial Kind

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The term "elder abuse" is one of those that can raise hackles the moment you hear it. 

Yes, there are examples of physical and emotional abuse.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 13, 2013
10:39 am
Wed November 13, 2013

VENTSday-Property Taxes + Painkiller Controls

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A recent report suggests it may be time to tinker (to put it mildly) with property tax reform, and the federal government says it's time to tighten the controls on some painkillers.

It must be VENTSday.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 13, 2013
10:38 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Justice And Peace From Our Region To Honduras

Wake for three indigenous Tolupan leaders shot trying to protect their community and ancestral homeland from unauthorized mining and illegal logging.
Credit Lucy Edwards

Fewer than half of Americans admit going to church. 

But some of the people who do go to church go far beyond the standard Sunday visit.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2013
1:20 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Medford's #2 Cop Becomes Springfield's #1

Credit Tim Doney

Medford's loss in policing is Springfield's gain. 

Medford Deputy Police Chief Tim Doney will leave the force in Medford after more than a quarter-century on the job. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2013
1:17 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Clearing The Air: Woodburning Controls In Effect

Credit Katie Campbell/EarthFix

It took a long time to clear the air, but the winter air in the greater Medford area is greatly improved from a couple of decades ago. 

In the late 80s, Jackson County and several cities passed ordinances regulating home woodstoves and fireplaces. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2013
1:15 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

GMO And The OMG Factor

Credit gmofilm.com

Opponents of genetically modified food products (GMO) suffered a setback when Washington voters, like California's a year ago, declined to enact a law requiring labels on GMO foods. 

But the electoral setback likely has little effect on the passion of the anti-GMO crowd. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2013
10:44 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Helping Women Leaders Set Goals

Just about all of us can use the occasional brush-up on skills and attitudes in our jobs. 

And the chance to compare notes may be more important for women in leadership positions (see our 9 AM entry for this date).

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2013
10:41 am
Mon November 11, 2013

The "New Soft War On Women"

Credit Tarcher Penguin Books

Women rule!  Or should, right?  In the United States today, women are half the educated work force and earn more than half the advanced college degrees. 

And yet, women still earn barely more than 75 cents for every dollar men make. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2013
11:27 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Road Taxes By The Mile Come To Oregon (Voluntarily)

Credit Ken Lund

Cars and trucks generally pay their road taxes through the gas pump… those taxes are added to the price of a gallon of gasoline. 

But hybrids and straight electrics use as much pavement, but much less (or no) gasoline.  Which is why the Oregon Legislature will allow cars and light trucks to pay up to a penny and a half per mile traveled. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 8, 2013
10:59 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Why Southern Oregon University Must "Retrench"

Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University
Credit SOU

The use of the word "retrenchment" at Southern Oregon University this week is more than euphemism.

The retrenchment process allows the administration to cut programs and faculty without breaking contracts.  And SOU needs to make cuts to stay within its budget. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 8, 2013
10:55 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Documenting The Best (And Worst) Of Archaeology

Archaeological dig in the United Kingdom.
Credit David Glass/Wikimedia

Much of our history is underfoot, literally. 

Archaeology is all about digging into the ground to find clues to previous inhabitants and previous civilizations. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 8, 2013
10:46 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Elizabeth Gilbert On "The Signature Of All Things"

Credit Viking Books

Botany, exploration and desire in the 19th century. 

There's a basis for a novel, and that's exactly what Elizabeth Gilbert wrote. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2013
10:42 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Crime On Rails: Murder In Lower 13

Credit Public domain

The famous robbery-turned-murder outside Ashland may be Oregon's most famous railroad crime story, but there are others. 

Including the story of "Murder in Lower Birth 13," which is the title of a presentation on the 1943 crime, November 8th at the Ashland Library. 

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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

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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