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 27, 2013
10:35 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Before The Big Meal, Wine And Cheese

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a chat on food… or two, come to think of it. 

We'll certainly have the wine and cheese courses covered, as we visit with Melanie Wanger, the author of Hello Wine. 

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Winter Air Stagnation
5:27 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Woodburning Advisories For Wednesday, 11/27/13

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The slow-moving air mass over the region is providing little wind, and smoke is building up in some of the valleys and basins.

Wood stoves and fireplaces need to cut back on burning due to these advisories for November 27, 2013:

  • Jackson County: Red
  • Klamath County: Yellow
  • Lane County: Red
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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2013
11:56 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Children And Health Insurance: CA/OR Look Good

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Even before the Affordable Care Act fully takes effect, children in both of our states are getting more health insurance coverage. 

A study from the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University shows growth in health insurance coverage for children in both Oregon and California. 

We'll hear the reasons for the improvement... and what likely happens next. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2013
11:54 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Taking On The State Over Raw Milk

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You can sell raw milk in Oregon, but because of health concerns--the milk is not pasteurized--the state controls such sales tightly. 

For example, farms can't advertise the fact that they sell raw milk. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2013
11:50 am
Tue November 26, 2013

"The Boy Who Flies" Lands In Ashland

Godfrey Masauli handles the hang gliders in "The Boy Who Flies."
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Spend a little time with a parachute, and you can become famous. 

Especially if you're the very first person in your country's history to attempt (and succeed) at paragliding.  That is the story of one Godfrey Masauli, the first person to paraglide in the African country of Malawi. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2013
11:15 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Exchange This Week: The "Voice of NPR", Flying Boys and Holiday Meals

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The man who says "Funding for NPR..." is named Frank Tavares. 

And he's one of our guests on the Jefferson Exchange this week (November 25-29), a week that also features the title character in the documentary "The Boy Who Could Fly" and not one, but two, chefs talking about their cookbooks on Thanksgiving eve.

Here's our full list of guests, with links, for the week:

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2013
10:33 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Major Problems With Minor Smokers In Oregon

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Young people are smoking cigarettes less in the United States and in Oregon, but Oregon has a particular issue to address: it ranks among the worst states in selling tobacco products to minors. 

And Lane County ranks high among the counties in cases of minors buying cigarettes in stores.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2013
10:27 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Curbing Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions

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The medical powers-that-be are so concerned about bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics that Oregon has a program in place to discourage the unnecessary use of the drugs. 

The AWARE program (Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education) can report some success, too. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2013
10:23 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Frank Tavares, Fiction Writer/"Voice Of NPR"

Frank Tavares
Credit Richard Glinka/NPR

Frank Tavares is a professor of communication and a fiction writer, but you probably know him best as the "voice of NPR." 

Until very recently, all the announcements that began "funding for NPR…" were delivered in the sonorous tones of Mr. Tavares. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 22, 2013
10:37 am
Fri November 22, 2013

A Day For Survivors Of Suicide

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Saturday, November 23rd is International Survivors of Suicide Day.

It's not even in the same month as Suicide Prevention Month (September), and the issues are certainly somewhat different. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 22, 2013
10:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Christmas Charities Ramp Up For Giving

Salvation Army bell ringer from a recent year.
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If the bells have not started ringing already, they certainly will soon. 

The Salvation Army and other charitable groups are now ramping up their efforts to collect money and goods to make the season happier for needy families. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 22, 2013
10:29 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Anjelica Huston: "A Story Lately Told"

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Was there ever a chance Anjelica Huston would NOT end up in movies? 

Both her father and grandfather worked in the business.  Yet her early life was lived far from Hollywood, on an estate in Ireland, and eventually London and New York.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2013
10:45 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Oregon Considers Changes In Liquor Regulation

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How and where alcoholic beverages are sold changes from state to state. 

Oregon is still one of the states where the state government still plays a major hand, while neighboring Washington changed to a system that makes packaged-liquor sales more of a private-sector function.  

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2013
10:42 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Adopting Agriculture As An Occupation

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Has the tide turned on interest in farming as an occupation?

For decades, the numbers of family farmers declined, and the acreage worked by large agribusiness companies went up. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2013
10:40 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Twisted Fairy Tales: "Alice in tumblr-Land"

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As we recently learned from the author of "The Grimm Conclusion" (on Halloween), today's audiences like a little modern spicing-up with their traditional fairy tales. 

Witness the cascade of TV shows putting modern spins on old stories ("Sleepy Hollow," "Once Upon a Time"). 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2013
3:27 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Campaigning For A Ban On Neonicotinoids

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The bodies of 50,000 dead bees no longer litter the parking lot of a Portland-area shopping center.

But the impact of last June's bee kill is still being felt. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2013
3:24 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

VENTSday-Filibusters + Fracking

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Republicans in the U.S. Senate just blocked another Obama judicial nominee through the "filibuster" rule (60 votes needed to proceed to a real vote), and California just released proposed rules for "fracking."

Tell us what YOU think on these issues...

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2013
3:20 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

JFK Assassination + 50 Years

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November 22nd marks 50 years to the day--and it was also a Friday--since John F. Kennedy died of an assassin's bullet in Dallas. 

Many of the people alive on that day hold vivid memories, and we'll invite them to join us as we talk about the day and its aftermath. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2013
10:47 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Cover Oregon Rolls Out "Application Fairs"

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The federal healthcare.gov website is the focus of anger and the butt of many jokes these days, since it has yet to deliver on the promise of allowing people to browse and sign up for health insurance.

Things may actually be worse at the state site coveroregon.com.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2013
10:39 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Options For Learning About Dementia

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We did not used to worry so much about dementia in old age, but then we also did not live so long a few decades ago. 

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, a chance to get acquainted with the many programs and offerings for people who are either patients of a particular kind of dementia, or people who just want to know more. 

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