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 | July 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Cleaning Up Behind The Mine

Agriculture and aggregate operations coexist near Corvallis.
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Ali Ryan explains DOGAMI's regulation of mines... and awards to good ones.

It's one of the sharper debates in extractive industries: what happens to land that has been mined. 

Think about strip mines and mountaintop-removal mining. 

Now think happier thoughts, because Oregon rewards companies that do good work in reclaiming mined land. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 10, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Food "Straight From The Earth"

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Myra Goodman expresses her love for healthy food.

So maybe you're not a big vegetable enthusiast. 

But this time of year, there's just so much good produce to be had, as gardens large and small begin delivering their wares. 

It's a great time to get up to speed on recipes Straight From The Earth. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 9, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Oregon's New Housing Law

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John Van Landingham and Deborah Imse discuss Oregon's new housing law.

Discrimination in rental housing is banned under law. 

But landlords in Oregon could refuse to rent to people who got rental assistance through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. 

That ended effective July 1, when the Housing Choice Act went into effect under Oregon law. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 9, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed July 9, 2014

VENTSday: Electoral College + Facebook Regulation

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Listeners vent on the Electoral College and Facebook hijinks.

The Electoral College that still officially elects our presidents and Facebook shenanigans are the focus of this week's VENTSday segment.

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 9, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed July 9, 2014

The "Medical Home" Model Explained

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Dr. Shae Johnson and David Gilmore explain the workings of the "medical home."

The term "patient-centered medical home" probably conjures up a number of images and ideas. 

It is not a home you LIVE in, but a home base of sorts, a place to get all of your medical needs addressed in one place. 

The concept is catching on in Oregon. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 8, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Guide For Safe Summer Swimming

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Forrest English explains The Swim Guide.

On those hot days, it's hard to resist a swim in a cool body of water. 

But findings of toxic algae and high bacteria levels in area lakes and rivers make a few swimmers more cautious. 

The Rogue Riverkeeper program is set up to help... with The Swim Guide. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 8, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Hobby Lobby/Contraceptives Reaction

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Jimmy Radosta expresses concern about the Hobby Lobby case.

Who knew a place with the rhythmic name of "Hobby Lobby" could cause such an uproar? 

But that's what happened recently, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby stores do not have to cover certain contraceptives in their employee health plans, for religious reasons. 

The outcry from reproductive rights groups has been sharp. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 8, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue July 8, 2014

"The Reckoning" In Accounting

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Jacob Soll provides a fascinating account of accounting in history.

The art of accounting is a very old and useful one. 

It helps us know where the money goes, in personal and business and governmental accounts. 

But as accounting grew in stature and usefulness, efforts to get creative with numbers also grew. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 7, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Paradise In Plain Sight

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Karen Miller walks us into Zen and her garden.

Remember the book and movie "Being There?" 

The main character is mistaken for a genius because he speaks about life as a garden… but that's because gardening is all he knows. 

We'll give Zen Buddhist priest Karen Maezen Miller credit for a broader knowledge of life than that. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 7, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Helping The Holly Come Back

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Randy McKay updates the Holly restoration/seat sponsorships.

Façade upgrade, check. 

Roof beam repair, check. 

Medford's Holly Theatre is coming back to life, slowly but surely. 

The Holly is not yet open for performances, but is open for tours. 

And those are impressing visitors and helping bring in dollars to finish the restoration. 

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