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 | September 25, 2013
11:34 am
Tue September 24, 2013

VENTSday-Congress & Defunding Obamacare + "Clearcut Oregon"

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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 | September 25, 2013
11:28 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Oregon's Dark Secret: Legal Slavery

Credit R. Gregory Nokes

We all know the story of pre-Civil War America: there were slave states and free states.

But the line between them got a lot blurrier in the newer territories, including Oregon.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 24, 2013
2:04 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A Push To Recycle (More) Plastic

Credit European Parliament

A few minutes on the lips, and then… where?

Where does that plastic bottle go when you're done with it?  Often to a landfill, even in a recycling-heavy state like Oregon.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 24, 2013
1:56 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

New Money For Tribal Justice And Safety

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The federal government just awarded millions of dollars in grants to American Indian tribes around the country, including several in Oregon.  The money is earmarked for law enforcement and crime prevention practices, and those program areas can be very broadly defined.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 24, 2013
11:34 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Remembering Feminist Writer Tillie Olsen

Credit University of Nebraska Press

Tillie Olsen is no longer with us, but her work remains fresh and alive.

The writer of short fiction and non-fiction works is described by some people as a feminist author, but that's an oversimplification.  Her work reflects a deep understanding of women and poor people, still relevant today.  Her daughter Kathie Olsen will join us to talk about the recent collection Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works.

Jefferson Exchange | September 23, 2013
3:40 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Enter The Future: Genetic Testing/Counseling

Chromosomes segregate in the process of mitosis.
Credit Journal of Cellular Biology

While we argue about insurance and payments, medical science continues to advance into the future.

Genetic testing is now available to patients in the Rogue Valley, through a partnership between Oregon Health & Science University and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

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Jefferson Exchange | September 23, 2013
3:35 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

Foreclosure Avoidance Mediation Changes In Oregon

Credit David Shankbone

If you're having trouble keeping up with options available to homeowners facing foreclosure, you're not alone.

A number of programs have come and gone, and Oregon (as of August 4th) is now offering face-to-face mediation sessions between homeowners and the entities seeking to foreclose.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 23, 2013
3:28 pm
Sat September 21, 2013

From Schindler's List: "The Boy On The Wooden Box"

Credit Simon and Schuster

Anybody who had not heard of "Schindler's List" got to know the story through the Steven Spielberg film of the same name.

Oskar Schindler saved more than 1200 Jews from Nazi death camps by putting them to work in his factory. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 20, 2013
12:17 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Coping With Parkinson's Disease

Credit Parkinson's Resources of Oregon

The recent release of a memoir by singer Linda Ronstadt sheds additional light on Parkinson's disease.

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Music, Arts & Culture
12:08 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Method To The Madness: "Divine Lunacy"

Credit David Gabriel & Peter Quince

How best to broach the subject of mental illness?

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Jefferson Exchange | September 20, 2013
11:54 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Not Just An Adjustment: "Attitude Reconstruction"

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Keeping a stiff upper lip may be the right remedy for certain situations.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 19, 2013
5:08 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Rogue Valley Green And Solar Tour

Credit Pink Sherbet Photography

Solar power has been around for decades now, but it's still a mystery to many people.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 19, 2013
5:03 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Rogue Valley Food Projects On The Grow

Credit Ashland Food Project

Donations to food banks tend to run higher during the holiday season.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 19, 2013
11:54 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Beating Addiction: "Digging Holes in My Soul"

Credit Dean Scholl

Dean Scholl thought he was just living life to its fullest.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2013
11:29 am
Tue September 17, 2013

The Kyron Horman Search: His Mother Continues

Kyron Horman as he was last seen by his family.

    

The Portland area is still riveted by the case of Kyron Horman, the seven-year-old boy who disappeared from his school in June 2010. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2013
11:26 am
Tue September 17, 2013

VENTSday-Raising (or Razing) Dams + Standardized Tests

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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 | September 18, 2013
11:21 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Animals Around Us: "The Urban Bestiary"

Credit Hachette Book Group

People who live on the edges of cities and in the suburbs are constantly surprised by the activities of the wild animals who live nearby.  And they (the people) are constantly reminded that it is we, the humans, who built houses in the habitats of the wild creatures. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2013
2:13 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Oregon Emergency Managers Take Earthquake Trip

Credit Mark Lincoln

What's in your earthquake kit?

The answer to that question is often "uh, I don't have one yet."  Which is why Oregon's Office of Emergency Management is hosting the Quake Prep Talk Road Show, visiting counties in the southern and southwestern portions of the state--the places most likely to feel the impacts of a major quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2013
2:06 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Bringing In The Bringers Of New Business

East Medford, looking West.
Credit SOREDI

Communities are always trying to attract news businesses.  But how do they reach out in the first place?  In some cases, it's a one-step-removed process: they reach out to consultants who advise companies on their options for relocation.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2013
1:55 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Meet The Authors: "How To Age In Place"

Credit Garry Knight

Call it a senior center or an "old folks' home," few people want to go there to live out the remaining days of their lives, no matter how comfortable.

Many seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes, a process called aging in place.

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