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 | 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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Jefferson Exchange | January 29, 2014 | 8:00
10:56 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Ashland Considers Gun Regulations

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Dave Herring explains the effort to put new gun regulations on the books in Ashland.

Last year provided a good demonstration of what often happens to gun-control legislation in Congress. 

The aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut included an increase in public sentiment for some kinds of gun legislation, including universal background checks for gun sales. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 29, 2014 | 8:30
10:51 am
Wed January 29, 2014

VENTSday: Plastic Bag Bans + Anti-Smoking Campaigns

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Listeners chime in on anti-smoking programs and attempts to ban plastic bags.

California considers a statewide ban on plastic grocery bags, and Oregon gets a lousy grade for its anti-smoking efforts. 

Those news items provide the basis for this week's VENTSday segment. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 29, 2014 | 9:00
10:45 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Excuse Me, Doctor...

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Dr. Melissa Clarke talks health care, with an emphasis on forming a partnership with your doctor.

Even before anybody uttered the phrase "Obamacare," we were peppered with advice about how to navigate the health care system. 

The advice included directions on how to take more control of our health care--not just our insurance.  That bit of advice is still being given, even by the MDs themselves. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 28, 2014 | 8:00
11:04 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Smarter Freshmen At U. Of Oregon

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Jim Rowlands at the U. of Oregon explains the approach to bringing in higher-achieving freshmen.

Students entering the University of Oregon as freshmen this year are more accomplished than their predecessors, at least by the numbers. 

This year's freshman class set records for grade point average and SAT scores. 

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