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 | November 22, 2013
10:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Christmas Charities Ramp Up For Giving

Salvation Army bell ringer from a recent year.
Credit Dwight Burdette/Wikimedia

If the bells have not started ringing already, they certainly will soon. 

The Salvation Army and other charitable groups are now ramping up their efforts to collect money and goods to make the season happier for needy families. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 22, 2013
10:29 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Anjelica Huston: "A Story Lately Told"

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Was there ever a chance Anjelica Huston would NOT end up in movies? 

Both her father and grandfather worked in the business.  Yet her early life was lived far from Hollywood, on an estate in Ireland, and eventually London and New York.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2013
10:45 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Oregon Considers Changes In Liquor Regulation

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How and where alcoholic beverages are sold changes from state to state. 

Oregon is still one of the states where the state government still plays a major hand, while neighboring Washington changed to a system that makes packaged-liquor sales more of a private-sector function.  

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2013
10:42 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Adopting Agriculture As An Occupation

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Has the tide turned on interest in farming as an occupation?

For decades, the numbers of family farmers declined, and the acreage worked by large agribusiness companies went up. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2013
10:40 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Twisted Fairy Tales: "Alice in tumblr-Land"

Credit Penguin Books

As we recently learned from the author of "The Grimm Conclusion" (on Halloween), today's audiences like a little modern spicing-up with their traditional fairy tales. 

Witness the cascade of TV shows putting modern spins on old stories ("Sleepy Hollow," "Once Upon a Time"). 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2013
3:27 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Campaigning For A Ban On Neonicotinoids

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The bodies of 50,000 dead bees no longer litter the parking lot of a Portland-area shopping center.

But the impact of last June's bee kill is still being felt. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2013
3:24 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

VENTSday-Filibusters + Fracking

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Republicans in the U.S. Senate just blocked another Obama judicial nominee through the "filibuster" rule (60 votes needed to proceed to a real vote), and California just released proposed rules for "fracking."

Tell us what YOU think on these issues...

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2013
3:20 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

JFK Assassination + 50 Years

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November 22nd marks 50 years to the day--and it was also a Friday--since John F. Kennedy died of an assassin's bullet in Dallas. 

Many of the people alive on that day hold vivid memories, and we'll invite them to join us as we talk about the day and its aftermath. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2013
10:47 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Cover Oregon Rolls Out "Application Fairs"

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The federal healthcare.gov website is the focus of anger and the butt of many jokes these days, since it has yet to deliver on the promise of allowing people to browse and sign up for health insurance.

Things may actually be worse at the state site coveroregon.com.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2013
10:39 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Options For Learning About Dementia

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We did not used to worry so much about dementia in old age, but then we also did not live so long a few decades ago. 

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, a chance to get acquainted with the many programs and offerings for people who are either patients of a particular kind of dementia, or people who just want to know more. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2013
10:37 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Blood, The Stuff Of Life

Credit House of Anansi

"It's in the blood." 

Ever heard that statement? 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 18, 2013
10:30 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Conversations On The (Public) Forest

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. 

Did anybody think in the early 90s that we would still be talking about the appropriate uses of public forests two decades later? 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 18, 2013
10:28 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Working To Expand The Plastic Bag Ban

Take a guess at how many bags are used at stores in Oregon over the course of a year. 

Multiply 3.8 million by your best guess on use per person, and we get… 1.7 billion, by some estimates. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 18, 2013
10:25 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Living In The Shadow Of The Cross

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Pope Francis is making headlines with his efforts to get the Catholic church focused on the needs of the poor and downtrodden.

These are the same needs activist Paul Kivel has attempted to address in his own work. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Week of November 18-22
4:27 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Exchange This Week: Healthcare, Environment & Angelica Huston

Geoffrey Riley hosts and Charlotte Duren produces The Jefferson Exchange.
Credit Debra Thornton Photography

It's true: Angelica Huston agreed to join us on Friday, November 22nd at 9 AM to talk about the first part of her memoir.

That's just one of the guests we've booked for this week on The Jefferson Exchange.  We'll also be talking about health care, the environment, and the death of JFK (with former host and author Jeff Golden).

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Jefferson Exchange | November 15, 2013
11:45 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Focusing On Motive & Suspect In Medford Bombing

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It appears only luck prevented a bomb from causing more damage at the Jackson County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday morning.

An explosive device shattered windows at the vacant DA's office, but the propane tank it was apparently meant to detonate did not explode. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 15, 2013
11:41 am
Fri November 15, 2013

After The Fire, The Salvage Argument

The Jenny Fire burns near the Rogue River in the summer of 2013.
Credit PNW #2 IMTeam

It's one of the most predictable patterns in nature: a wildfire starts in a forest, a massive firefighting effort eventually succeeds in stopping the fire…

and then, after a few weeks, the arguments begin over how best to help the landscape recover from the fire.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 15, 2013
11:36 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Art Inpires Ashland: The Filmmaker

Reina-Marie Loader at work on "Horn," her film about rhinoceros poaching.
Credit Reina Marie Loader/YouTube

The Art Inspires Ashland mini-festival brings artists from other parts of the world to the Rogue Valley, to explain their work processes and the results.

One of the visiting artists is South African born- and Austrian-based documentary filmmaker Reina-Marie Loader, who focuses her lenses on some of the most controversial topics in the world. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2013
10:57 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Prep For The Later Years: Vital Aging

Credit Garry Knight

Even people born close to the end of the Baby Boom are receiving offers of membership in AARP. 

The organization will likely swell in members in the coming years. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2013
10:54 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Keeping Carbon Monoxide Out Of The House

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Ah, winter.  It can certainly be pretty in the right conditions, but the weather often forces us indoors, windows and doors shut, with some kind of heating system running. 

What could go wrong?  Carbon monoxide, for one thing. 

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