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.


Jefferson Exchange | July 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Revamping Rogue Valley Highways 99 & 140

Oregon 99 on the north end of Ashland.
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Gary Leaming and Ian Horlacher describe the corridor plans.

The roads that are fine for today's traffic could become clogged if no plans are made for future traffic. 

Fortunately, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is looking down the road (so to speak) a bit. 

Two of the main highways in the Rogue Valley, Oregon 140 and Oregon 99, are both due for new "corridor plans." 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 14, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon July 14, 2014

"A Very Principled Boy" (And A Traitor)

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Mark Bradley introduces us to Duncan Lee.

He was bright, he was patriotic, he was trusted in American intelligence services. 

So why did Duncan Lee turn against the United States? 

That's a question that has been wrestled over for several generations. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Hashtagging World Population Day

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Stephanie Feldstein explains the #crowdedplanet campaign.

We welcome you to World Population Day! 

And you, and you, and you…  you get the idea here. 

Earth is home to an estimated 7.2 Billion people, and today (July 11) is the day several organizations want people to consider the impacts. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Doctor Will See You Now...

Medical workers test a serum in a lab, a century ago.
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Carolyn Kingsnorth discusses Victorian medicine.

The next time you wait just a little too long for the doctor, consider the fate of our Victorian ancestors. 

Maybe the waits were shorter, but what was the quality of their care? 

That question, and others, are answered by a "Victorian Medical Practices" tour offered at the Beekman House in Jacksonville. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 11, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Education Issues With The OEA President

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Hanna Vaandering says standardized testing is not a good thing.

School is out for most kids and teachers, but the work of education goes on. 

And so do the debates about how best to make the American public education system better. 

The existing system has been overlaid with more standardized testing in recent years, and the implementation of the national Common Core Standards. 

The Oregon Education Association represents the teachers who carry out the work. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 14-18, 2014
11:23 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Pot Taxes, Fire Updates, and Catching Catfishers: Next Week On The Exchange

Maybe you had a chance to get away from the daily routine lately. 

It's expected this time of year. 

But the events of the world continue non-stop... so we keep booking guests for the Jefferson Exchange. 

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

Charging Motorboaters More In Oregon

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Scott Brewen lays out the case for a higher motorboat registration fee in Oregon.

The greater fuel efficiency of cars means fewer gallons of gas are being sold, so less tax money gets set aside for road-building. 

It's an issue on the water, too… recreational boating has increased in Oregon in the past five years, but fuel tax revenue declined.  And so did motorboat registrations. 

So the state marine board approved a motorboat registration fee increase, from $3 a foot to $5 a foot, pending legislative approval.

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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.

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


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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