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 | January 16, 2014 | 9:00
10:55 am
Thu January 16, 2014

If Time Is Short: "The Priority List"

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David Menasche details his journey through brain cancer to reconnect with former students.

Stop and think: if you got a diagnosis of a potentially fatal illness, how would you change your life? 

Teacher David Menasche faced just such a situation after years of teaching high school English.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:36 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Wood Stoves Get A Cleaning

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Rachel Sakata explains the changes likely coming to newly manufactured wood stoves.

Not very long ago, Oregon and other states sued the federal government to force a new set of regulations on wood stoves and heaters. 

And here they come… the Environmental Protection Agency just announced a proposal for stricter standards, so newer wood-burning heaters will burn cleaner. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:34 am
Wed January 15, 2014

VENTSday: Pit Bull Bans + Fossil Fuel Divestment

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Listeners weigh in on dog control measures and fossil fuel company divestment in VENTSday.

Do you think your city (or county or state) should ban pit bulls or any other breed of dog?

Would you like your city (etc.) to drop any investments in fossil fuel companies?
Let's hear what you think...

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Jefferson Exchange | January 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:32 am
Wed January 15, 2014

The Activist's Handbook

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Randy Shaw talks about his life in activism and his book "The Activist's Handbook."

At some point in your life--maybe recently--did you get mad enough about something in society to take action? 

Did you know what to do next?

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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:29 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Flu Season And How Not To Be Part Of It

Flu virus under the microscope.
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Oregon Public Health joins us to discuss influenza and how to protect yourself this winter season.

Flu season is in full swing in Oregon.

At least, health officials hope it does not get any fuller than this.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:26 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Changing What Defines "Poverty" For Schools

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Schools with higher numbers of students from poor families frequently get additional financial support.

Oregon Department of Education shares how poverty is now calculated.

Plain and simple, education must be more intensive for children of poverty. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2014 | 9:00
10:22 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Riverkeepers At Work

The Rogue River.
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It sounds like something out of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel: River Keeper.

We visit with the Rogue Riverkeeper and the Klamath Riverkeeper.

But the term is both modern and non-fiction, describing people dedicated to keeping their target rivers in good shape, and helping get them in better shape over time. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:45 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Shasta River Settlement

Dwinnell Dam on the Shasta River in 2009.
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Craig Tucker lays out the terms of the settlement over the use of the Shasta River.

It's not just the dams on the Klamath River that are the subject of scrutiny in Northern California.

The Karuk Tribe and an environmental group filed suit more than a year ago to change the way irrigation dams and diversions are managed on the Shasta River.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2014 | 8:30
10:43 am
Mon January 13, 2014

ACTing Against Human Trafficking

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Faith Morse, Steve Raycraft, and Det. Jim Williams discuss human trafficking and its prevention.

It's still a bit hard to wrap our minds around the idea of human trafficking in the United States. 

But it does happen, and police keep uncovering new cases. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2014 | 9:00
10:41 am
Mon January 13, 2014

What Does The Dog Know?

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Cat Warren (Cat?) talks about working dogs, and her own cadaver dog, in "What the Dog Knows."

Maybe your dog has a particular talent… can balance a dog treat on his/her nose, for example.

Some dogs go way above and beyond in the talent department, finding everything from explosives to the remains of Civil War soldiers. 

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