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 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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Jefferson Exchange | July 7, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Ending Old-Growth Logging

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Dominick DellaSalla talks timber and carbon sequestration.

The most contentious portion of the debate over forest management concerns old-growth timber. 

Can the timber industry be healthy without cutting down ancient trees? 

Scientists, including Dominick DellaSala at Ashland's Geos Institute, say yes. 

Geos and other organizations just teamed up on a study showing that old-growth logging could be phased out in Alaska's Tongass National Forest in just six years. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 7-11 , 2014
10:52 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Old Growth, Overpopulation, And Hobby Lobby: July 7-11 On The Exchange

A study focused on ending old growth logging, World Population Day, and reactions to the Hobby Lobby case are among the highlights of the week on the Jefferson Exchange, July 7-11, 2014.

What follows is the list--still a-building--just before the Independence Day weekend.

Guests and segments can change with little notice; we'll add pretty pictures and links the day prior to air.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 4, 2014
10:48 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Blasts From The Past: July 4 on The Exchange

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The Exchange staff declares independence from work on the Fourth of July. 

We'll take the day off, but air a pair of interviews from previous programs. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu July 3, 2014

First Friday Arts (On THURSDAY) For July

Peter Wickliffe and Marci Irene in "Leave It on the Stage" at Thanks For The Memories Theatre
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Peter Wickliffe of Ashland's newest theatre company joins us with other guests.

Ashland gets another community theater group, and Camelot Theatre takes on Les Miserables.

Those are the highlights of this month's First Friday Arts segment. 

And then there's the BIG highlight that needs to be mentioned: since the First Friday this month is the Fourth of July, First Friday moves to the first THURSDAY of the month. 

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