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 | December 20, 2013
10:27 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Pesticide Use On Private Forests In Oregon

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Public forests are managed with limits on their uses and are required to keep detailed records. 

Private forests, on the other hand, have to follow laws like the Oregon Forest Practices Act, but the records are less open to the public. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 20, 2013
10:26 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Keeping Them Down On The Farm (Bill)

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Maybe by the time you read this, Congress will have completed work on a farm bill. 

But it certainly dragged its feet getting up to speed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2013
10:57 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

A Girl Scouts Beyond Bars troop in Texas.
Credit Ellen Spiro/University of Texas

Going to prison is no picnic, but it's hard on more than the person serving time. 

The Girl Scouts of America runs a program to help women in prison stay connected to their daughters, for the benefit of both.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2013
10:54 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Spotted Frog Take Two: Defending Protection

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And now the other side: our earlier conversation with Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams examined the resistance to the possible placement of the Oregon spotted frog on the endangered species list.

The frog (and its defenders) have been waiting a long time: it was first proposed for listing 20 years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2013
10:48 am
Thu December 19, 2013

In The Studio With "A Celtic Christmas"

A previous staging of "A Celtic Christmas."
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Maybe we're on the back side of the boom in interest in all things Irish.  But we don't see any waning of enthusiasm for the annual celebration called "A Celtic Christmas."

Ashland's own Tomaseen Foley started the show years ago, and brings the collection of stories, songs and dances to stages around the country. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2013
10:47 am
Wed December 18, 2013

What To Do About Oregon's Spotted Frog

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More troubles for the spotted frog. 

The Klamath County commissioners have voted unanimously against the idea of designating more than 56,000 acres in Oregon as critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2013
10:45 am
Wed December 18, 2013

VENTSday: Gun Control + Celebrating The Holidays

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We want to know what you think about gun control in the year since Sandy Hook and how you celebrate (or don't) in the holiday season?

Our weekly ritual is renewed, as we throw a pair of topics on the table--in theory, unrelated--and open up the phone lines and the email box to gather your take on either or both of the issues.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2013
10:43 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Winter Driving Do's & Don'ts

Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

December: a time for icy roads, holiday travel and you guessed it… automotive maintenance.

It’s time to be sure your vehicle is safe, efficient, and ready for winter driving.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 17, 2013
12:08 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

It’s Moving Day For The Beavers, Volunteers Help In The Relocation Process

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"Relocation" sounds like something out of the witness protection program, but it's the process of moving animals from one habitat to another. 

In the case of beavers in Klamath County, the relocation process is meant to put the beavers in the best place to help the environment and/or not create issues for farmers and ranchers.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 17, 2013
12:04 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Oregon's Key Beaches Are Eroding, Face Long-Term Changes

Credit Erica Harris / Oregon State University

Spend any time around a beach, and you'll notice changes.

No beach looks quite the same day after day, thanks to the winds, the tides, and all the other factors.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 17, 2013
12:00 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

"Furious Cool" A Look Back At The Life Of Richard Pryor

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It may be harder to describe the work of comedians than any other performers.

And harder still when you try to describe or explain the work of the late Richard Pryor.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2013
11:16 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Medford Unveils Plans For A New Multi-Million Dollar Police & Fire Facilities

Conceptual drawing of a planned 42,000-square-foot police station designed by Mackenzie Group, 2013.
Credit Medford Mail Tribune

Medford police moved into the city hall with the rest of the city departments more than four decades ago.

And even though city offices have expanded, the police department is still scattered around several offices in city hall.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2013
11:12 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Bringing The Eagle Back From The Edge Of Extinction

Credit The Institute for Wildlife Studies

The return of the Bald Eagle may be one of the greatest success stories in wildlife management.

And it took a lot of work by a lot of people to bring the eagle back from the edge of extinction. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2013
11:10 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Human Trafficking: A Growing Global Problem

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It is not easy to wrap our minds around the concept of human trafficking.

But figures indicate it is a legitimate criminal concern, and a rapidly growing one.  Call it slavery if you like… it has many attributes in common. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 13, 2013
10:50 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Jackson County Food Banks Reach 1-Million Pounds

Credit The Medford Food Project

The green bags caught on. 

A few years back, when John Javna and company started the Ashland Food Project, they kept count of how many pounds of food each drive collected.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 13, 2013
10:49 am
Fri December 13, 2013

The Polar Express Comes To Medford

Credit Rotary Club of Medford

Even people who do not love trains can get excited about them as Christmas approaches.

Especially since the publication of the book "The Polar Express" and the movie version that followed.  The train to the North Pole (somewhat modified) comes to Medford's Railroad Park on Friday and Saturday nights. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 13, 2013
10:35 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival

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Just how hot will it get as climate change continues? 

Even if we don't notice the heat, what will rising sea levels do to coastal communities?  These are the questions Giles Slade considers in his book  American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2013
11:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Look, Up In The Sky: Comics Students!

Benjamin Saunders catches up on academic work.
Credit University of Oregon

Funnies yes, but not a joke.

The University of Oregon seriously launched a comics and cartoon studies minor last year, the first of its kind in the country.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2013
11:05 am
Thu December 12, 2013

A Food Angel And An e-Chiever

Pamala Joy surrounded by the fruits of her labors.
Credit Ashlandfoodangels.org

Thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables and other food items are staying out of the trash and going straight to people in need, thanks to the help of one Ashland woman.

Pamala Joy, Director of the Ashland Food Angels, collects food from markets and bakeries around the Rogue Valley to help feed low income families.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2013
11:01 am
Thu December 12, 2013

T.R.'s Roots: "Heir To The Empire City"

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Any discussion of American President Theodore Roosevelt often goes straight to his tough-guy image. 

Yes, he charged up San Juan Hill in Cuba with a unit called The Rough Riders. 

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