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 | October 3, 2013
11:07 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Spanning The Globe: Varsity World Film Week

Ashland's Varsity Theatre
Credit Ashlandfilm.org

Voices and views from around the world fill the screen at Ashland's Varsity Theater this week, as the theater and Ashland Independent Film Festival team up for the annual Varsity World Film Week. 

We visit with the festival programmer and the director of The Forgotten Kingdom, a film from Lesotho and South Africa.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 3, 2013
11:06 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Revitalizing Main Street Across Oregon

Downtown Astoria, site of Main Street Annual Conference
Credit Oregon State Historic Preservation Office

Some people see empty buildings in town and see decay and decline. 

And some people see opportunity--for rebirth, renewal, or at least remodeling. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 3, 2013
11:05 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Water, Wings, Survival & More: Biodiversity Conference

Credit Humboldt State University

Subjects ranging from wildfire management to the fate of bats will be on the table at Bio Conf this weekend at Humboldt State University. 

If the nickname doesn't ring a bell, we're talking about Biodiversity Conference 2013, running October 4th through the 6th. 

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12:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

JPR And OPB Join Forces On Media Project

Lead in text: 
Oregon Public Broadcasting, based in Portland, commissioned a survey on Oregonian attitudes toward the media. OPB presented the findings in Medford on Wednesday, October 2nd on its talk show "Think Out Loud." JPR's Geoffrey Riley joined the panel discussion, and JPR aired the program live on the News and Information Service, Wednesday at Noon. Follow the link to listen to the recording.
Editor's Note: You're invited to join us for this show. We will broadcast from the Higher Education Center in Medford at 12pm. Pre-show reception starts at 11am. Admission is FREE but seating is first come, first served. This show will air live on both OPB Radio and Jefferson Public Radio.
Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2013
12:10 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Working In The Clouds: Crater Lake's Resident Artist

Credit Gifford Photographic Collection

Who would NOT want to work at Crater Lake, high in the mountains, next to the deepest (and bluest) lake in the country? 

John Sollinger gets to the join the small club of people who work at Oregon's only national park. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2013
12:06 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

VENTSday-Federal Shutdown + Health Exchanges Open

Credit guernicamag.org

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.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2013
12:02 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

A History Of Solar Energy-A LONG History

Credit Pink Sherbet Photography

Don't be too impressed with solar panels on your roof.

Photovoltaic technology may be relatively new in human history, but a lot of lower tech preceded it. 

Civilizations as far back as ancient China found ways to make maximum use of the sun's power in their homes and lives. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:11 am
Tue October 1, 2013

State Prison Culture Comes To The County Jail

California state prison overcrowding, 2006
Credit California DCR

Journalists have the differences between "jail" (shorter-term stays, generally pre-trial) and "prison" (longer stays, post-conviction) hammered into them. 

But California's prison/jail realignment is narrowing the differences between the institutions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:08 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Measuring The Special Session Accomplishments

The Oregon Capitol building at night
Credit M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia

While the federal legislature (Congress) struggled with October 1 deadlines, Oregon's governor chose the prior day to call the state legislature into special session on taxes and public pensions. 

As the session started, the outcome was very much in doubt. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:05 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Traffic-Calming or Driver-Irritating? The "Road Diet" Explored

Two lanes become one in a road diet
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

There are few middle-of-the-road (sorry) opinions about the concept known as "road diet."

This is the process of taking a four-lane road and turning it into a two-lane road with center turn lane and expanded bike lanes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2013
10:37 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Art Robinson And The Widespread Urine Test

Art Robinson in his laboratory
Credit Polk County GOP

Art Robinson's research at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine focuses on the human metabolism, in the hope of finding treatments and cures for diseases.

The institute recently mailed requests for urine samples to every household in Josephine County.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2013
10:30 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Wild And Scenic vs. Straighter and Faster: Smith River & Highways

U.S. Highway 199 on the Smith River in Del Norte County
Credit Graham Hughes/Wild California

The California Department of Transportation--CalTrans--plans to widen portions of highways 197 and 199 in the Smith River Canyon in Del Norte County.

And them's fighting words for environmental groups, which are challenging the widening projects for their potential impacts on the Smith, one of the country's wild and scenic rivers.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
3:37 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Farm To School & "The Siskiyou Challenge"

Credit kcmckell/Live Aloha

School kids are learning more about where their food comes from through the Rogue Valley Farm to School program. 

And since neither farmers nor schools have a lot of spare money on hand, RVF2S has to find ways to support itself. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
3:26 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Boosting The U. of California: "Promise For Education"

University of California, Berkeley.
Credit U of California

You've heard plenty about the challenges in public higher education: nearly universal reductions in state support, resulting in fewer programs and higher tuition. 

The University of California and its supporters just fired up a campaign called "Promise For Education," designed to raise money through social media and the concept of crowdsourcing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
2:56 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Special Session Ahead: Tinkering (or not) With Oregon PERS

Credit The Leaf Project

The Oregon Legislature adjourned last summer, and in the minds of some observers, left some work on the table. 

So Governor Kitzhaber called legislators back to work, hoping they'll use Monday's special session to pass reform in the public employee retirement system (PERS) and a package of new taxes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2013
11:59 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Eugene City Council To Allow Small Homeless Camps

Credit BuzzFarmers

The Eugene City Council voted this week to pass an ordinance allowing small camps for the homeless.

The ordinance would give the council the authority to create multiple volunteer-run camps for up to 15 people… if a tryout with a first camp goes well. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2013
11:55 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Ashland Vacation Rentals Face New Restrictions

Credit bizmology.hoovers.com

Ashland property owners who rent out their homes as vacation rentals are now required to conduct business more like hotel owners.

The Ashland City Council recently passed new restrictions on vacation rentals, including business licenses, land-use approvals, and collection of a lodging tax. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2013
11:45 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Enrollment Begins October 1st: Services For Women In Health Care Law

Credit Kelly Piet Photography

Given the earlier fights, it was probably predictable that the days leading up to the activation of the federal Affordable Care Act--"Obamacare"--would be filled with more fights over the law.

While the Congressional efforts to implement or de-fund the law continue, we bring in guests to talk about some of the specifics of the law and its effect on services just for women. 

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Long Hot Summer
4:21 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Fire Season Ends In Southwest Oregon

The Douglas Fire Complex in the early days of the firefight.
Credit NASA.gov

Fire season ended at last in most of Southern Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) dropped the fire danger to LOW at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, September 24th. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 25, 2013
11:41 am
Tue September 24, 2013

On The Road: Rethinking Rest Areas

Credit Ken Lund

"Rest Area 6 Miles Ahead" is a welcome sign to many a traveler in need of a visit to the facilities. 

And after a quick turnaround, you're on the road again.  But can rest areas do more and be more to travelers?   The semi-independent state agency Oregon Travel Experience is betting on a "Yes".  OTE spent the summer assessing the offerings at the state's traveler rest areas and the other amenities it manages, with an eye toward future improvements.  

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