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.

Portland's Sarahjoy Marsh meets a fair number of people with eating and body-image issues. 

And her approach to healing involves using the body itself as part of the process. 

Marsh is trained as a counselor AND in yoga, and she combines the disciplines in her practice.  She's the author of a new book laying out that approach: Hunger, Hope & Healing

It's been a big week for Oregon State Senator Jeff Kruse

He's squarely in the middle of two hot items in the legislative hopper: marijuana regulation and school mascots. 

Kruse supports further regulation of medical marijuana, and the state school board's move to ban Native American mascots certainly hits home for a guy who represents Roseburg, where the Roseburg Indians play. 


The basic science is deceptively simple: streams with trees around them tend to be cooler because of the shade.

Streams with no trees warm up and become less hospitable to fish.

But getting people to agree on where to leave trees, and how many, takes a lot of work.

The Oregon Department of Forestry monitors logging on private lands in Oregon, and ODF is under pressure to change its rules on stream protection.

It's a mixed bag for California business these days; unemployment is down, but so is the water supply. Governor Jerry Brown told the state Chamber of Commerce that the state is in good shape despite the challenges.


You often hear numbers cited by wildlife officials, and may wonder where they get the numbers. 

Taking animal population counts can be tricky; it's not like they send back census surveys. 

BioBlitz is one way of getting things done. 

It's a crash butterfly population count in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument coming June 6th.

The massive bee die-off in the Portland area two years ago thrust the Xerces Society and pollinators into the spotlight. 

Xerces wants protections for bees and other pollinators, and the White House is on board. 

Just last week the Administration announced a national strategy to save troubled pollinator species. 

Oregon State Police

Reporters scattered across the Northwest for the series of reports called "Wildlife Detectives."

The radio reports are right here (scroll down), but there's a television component as well. 

And let's face it, beetles consuming flesh off the bone is a very visual thing (that happens at the forensics lab in Ashland). 

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The countdown is on to legal marijuana in Oregon.  Legal pot for PERSONAL use, that is. 

It becomes legal on July 1st, thanks to voter passage of Measure 91 last November. 

Somebody's got to craft rules under the law, and that is the domain of the OLCC, Oregon Liquor Control Commission. 

Brent Kenyon of Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine in Ashland is a member of a committee advising OLCC.  He joins us with word of his views and the advising process. 

Shades of "Cash for Clunkers," California offers incentives for drivers to ditch their older, dirtier vehicles in favor of cleaner-burning cars and trucks.


Fish and Wildlife Departments in our states need money to continue doing their job, and the answer may be a hike in fees for hunting and fishing licenses. 

As it is, agents are having trouble keeping up with poachers, and are seeing declines in some wildlife species as a result. 

Our EarthFix unit is tracking this and other angles in a series of stories called "Wildlife Detectives." 

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Opponents of liquified natural gas plants (and pipelines) took to the Oregon State Capitol this week to vent their displeasure.  Now it's your turn--pleasure or dis.  

Or give a call/email about local police departments using military gear.

Our weekly VENTSday segment puts the listeners front and center.   We throw a pair of topics on the table, and let callers and emailers vent--politely--on those topics.

Topics range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome.


The University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program put a new class on its schedule in the academic year now ending... a class combining environmental justice and the media. 

So students learned about making documentaries on environmental issues. 

The first one finished is called "Drift", about aerial herbicide spraying that landed on people in the Gold Beach area in October 2013. 

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NPR's Steve Inskeep is a familiar voice to millions of Americans, from his work on "Morning Edition," heard on the music services of JPR. 

But even public radio has its limits when it comes to in-depth reporting. 

So Inskeep is the author of a fresh book on President Andrew Jackson and his efforts to remove Native Americans from the South. 


We get the image of the American farmer locked in our heads, and it's usually a guy in overalls.

But the truth is a bit more diverse.

And the Southern Oregon Historical Society explores that truth in its current display, "Women of the Land: Southern Oregon Women in Agriculture."


Raw milk is either sought-after or reviled; there appears to be little middle ground. 

But the landscape is changing just a bit... Oregon authorities just loosened regulations on the advertising of raw milk. 

The topic is one well-known to David Gumpert, who writes of food and small business. 

  It is not considered a compliment to be called a pig in our world.  And there are several cultures that frown on eating the flesh of the animal. 

But we still keep pigs around, alternately recoiling from their antics and finding them completely delicious. 

Mark Essig explores our complicated relationship with pigs and pork in Lesser Beasts: A Snout-to-Tail History of the Humble Pig

Memorial Day weekend sends the Exchange crew off in search of summertime-type pursuits, just like you.  We fill Monday's Exchange with some key interviews from past programs.  

At 8: Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill resist the notion that constant growth in the economy is good for people or the planet.  And they resist for quite a few pages in their book Enough is Enough

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Side-by-side comparisons show Oregon's pesticide rules on forestry spraying are weaker than in other states. 

Those rules played a part in the spraying of dozens of homes and people and animals by a helicopter near Gold Beach two years ago. 

The incident led to fines and a suspension, but no change in rules.  Oregon house member Ann Lininger wants to see the rules change, and she's made several efforts to change them through the legislature. 

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Just about every criminal case involves physical evidence, and that physical evidence is often processed by a crime lab. 

There are more than 400 crime labs across the United States for researching crimes against people and property. 

And there is exactly ONE in the world for investigating crimes against wildlife. 

That is the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Forensics Lab in Ashland. 

Women in agriculture and raw milk get a day together.

We learn about the difficulties of chasing poachers--successfully--in a big state like Oregon.

And even Steve Inskeep of NPR's Morning Edition gives us ten minutes (yes, REALLY).

Another big week is shaping up May 25-29 on the Exchange... take a look at the still-forming lineup: