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 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Arguing Timber And Terminology

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Doug Heiken of Oregon Wild explains his group's issues with the White Castle sale.

The Bureau of Land Management calls the plan for the White Castle timber sale "variable retention harvest."

Environmental groups prefer "clearcut."  Welcome back to the frequent battles over logging in Western Oregon. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:20 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Ski Season Woes

Mt. Shasta in summer. It is NOT supposed to look like this in winter.
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Jason Young explains what happens at a ski area (Shasta) when it's closed for lack of snow.

It's already February and some skiers still haven't been able to hit the slopes.

Winter storms have been rare visitors this winter, and winter recreation areas have little or no snow to work with.  Both Mt. Shasta Ski Park and Mt. Ashland Ski Area remain closed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 3, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon February 3, 2014

The Angel Effect

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John Geiger gets into the stories and the research of "The Angel Effect."

Not every debate falls neatly within science or religion. 

Take angels as an example.  Even people well-versed in science claim to have felt a presence or even seen a figure guiding them to safety amid calamity. 

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Strike Set for February 6
5:52 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

No Negotiating As Medford Nears Teacher Strike

A rally in support of Medford teachers in September 2013.
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The Medford School District and its teachers continue to march toward a possible teacher strike, despite pleas from the community to keep negotiating.

Medford Education Association members plan to strike on February 6th without progress toward a new contract.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 31, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Driving Toward An EV Future

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Jeff Allen and Richard Csuk talk about the wonders of electric vehicles.

If you're not driving a hybrid or electric vehicle yet, chances are pretty good that you will soon. 

Especially in Oregon, where the trade association Drive Oregon puts in a lot of miles (and watts, we presume) boosting electric vehicles, or EVs. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 31, 2014 | 9:00
10:25 am
Fri January 31, 2014

How To Build A Hovercraft (And More)

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Stephen Voltz explains the fun and the science behind the experiments in his book.

Maybe you're not a fan of either Diet Coke or Mentos candies, but they sure can put on a show together. 

A show Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe have been putting on for years now as the mad scientists of Eepybird. 

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11:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

JPR & OPB Team Up: State Of Jefferson Issues

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Oregon Public Broadcasting makes occasional treks to the State of Jefferson to explore issues of statewide interest to its audience. Listen Friday (1/31) at Noon as we air OPB's Think Out Loud, live from the Jacksonville Inn. If you'd like to attend the live broadcast, see below...
Peter Laufer/The Elusive State of Jefferson What is the State of Jefferson? Is is a historic secessionist movement? A state of mind? An imaginary, "mythical state"? An inevitable, soon-to-be 51st state? The answer - depending on who you ask - is "yes."
Jefferson Exchange | January 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:52 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Reducing Child Abuse: 90 by 30

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Phyllis Barkhurst and Jeff Todahl talk about the formation of the 90 by 30 program.

Child abuse is more widely recognized than ever before, and the work of eliminating it continues.

Lane County is home to the 90 by 30 program, an effort to reduce child abuse by 90% by the year 2030.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:41 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Bringing Kids' Stories To Life

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Jeanne Renaux tells the story of how Stories Alive came to be.

Kids tell lots of stories, but those tend to be one-on-one kinds of events. 

A nonprofit called Stories Alive encourages literacy in children by making productions out of their stories. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:40 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Going For The Gold: The "New 49ers"

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Rich Krimm and Montine Blevins explain the workings of The New 49ers.

The first mention of "The New 49ers" came in a discussion of water quality on a recent Exchange. 

Like the 49ers of old, they are in search of gold in the region's rivers. 

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