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.

Making Mini-Docs On Local Issues

May 7, 2014

Longtime Ashland residents Mark and Cici Brown turned their interest in regional events--and their video skills--into a series of documentaries. 

Those include a look at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's emergency tent construction after a theater damage incident several years ago. 

VENTSday: Death Penalty + Moving Away

May 7, 2014

Did the botched execution in Oklahoma affect your views on the death penalty? 

And are you unhappy enough with the state you live in to move?

Those are the key questions before you in this week's VENTSday segment.

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.

Reforming Health Care, Continued

May 7, 2014
NIH/Public Domain

The national debate about reforming the health care system tends to veer automatically into politics. 

But there are important realms left behind when that happens: medicine and economics.

Defensible Space In Case Of Wildfire

May 6, 2014
FEMA/Public Domain

Oregon girds for the start of fire season every year about this time. 

If the gathering drought and the recent hot weather are any guide, it could be an intense fire season. 

The Keep Oregon Green Association is determined to keep any fires as small as possible. 

Yuroks Reach Out To California Condors

May 6, 2014
U.S. Fish & Wildlife

There are still several steps to take, but California's North Coast could be home to California condors once again. 

The Yurok tribe recently signed agreements with state and federal agencies that might lead to releases of the big birds on Yurok ancestral land. 

The Compassionate Hunter's Guidebook

May 6, 2014
New Society Publishers

A recent report indicated that fewer people hunt and fish than used to, especially in Oregon. 

The situation may force the state Fish & Wildlife department to raise fees to compensate. 

The act of hunting itself continues to attract both devotees and passionate opponents. 


Car washing and outdoor watering could draw frowns and even fines in the city of Ashland this summer, if drought conditions persist. 

The city is beginning to use the word "will" rather than "might" in discussing water restrictions. 

Just before the rains of early May began, the city announced potential water restrictions for later in the year. 

Those could include banning all outdoor use of water, whether for gardens or car washing or anything else.

Filling An Empty Bowl For Hunger

May 5, 2014

One of the most productive agricultural countries on Earth has a hunger problem. 

That's still a hard one to figure out. 

But until someone comes up with a set of permanent solutions, fundraisers will be held to help feed the people in our communities. 

The NO Side On Josephine County's Jail Levy

May 5, 2014

Josephine County voters have a chance to beef up the public safety system through higher property taxes in the May 20 election. 

Measure 17-59 would raise taxes for five years to put more staff--and more inmates--in the county jail and juvenile system. 

The Promise Of A Pencil

May 5, 2014

Just a few years ago, Adam Braun looked down the road to a rich life, in the monetary sense. 

He'd been working at hedge funds since he was 16, and a Wall Street career seemed pre-ordained. 

Then Adam traveled through India, and met a boy who wanted a pencil.  Just a pencil. 

First Friday In The Arts For May

May 2, 2014

First Friday this month features another musical guest, the folk-punk (?) group Raccoon Venom from Ashland. 

The first Friday of any month has become a day to celebrate the arts around our region. 

Several communities hold First Friday art walks, and some hold similar observances on other weekend days. 

Changing The Perceptions Of Mental Illness

May 2, 2014
Christian LInder/Wikimedia

The things we learn about mental illness tend to come from movies or the news. 

Sadly, mental illness hits the headlines when a person suffering from mental illness commits a notable crime. 

There is still a stigma attached to mental illness, and still a problem with mentally ill people ending up in jail instead of treatment. 

Master Gardeners Strut Their Stuff

May 2, 2014

Spring has sprung... weeks ago for most of us.  How are YOUR allergies? 

But there's still plenty to do in the current growing season, and plenty of advice to be had from people who actually know what they're doing in a garden.

Another big week is coming to The Jefferson Exchange (J.X. in our internal shorthand), and here's your advance look.

This is the list--not quite complete yet--that we send out to other media outlets, minus the pictures and manicured web links.

Feel free to peruse the list, and make plans to listen!


Jefferson Exchange for May 5-9, 2014

A Real Tourism Campaign For Our Mythical State

May 1, 2014

Forget the political implications of a "State of Jefferson" for a moment. 

What would that state be like as a tourism destination?  Spectacular! 

And an effort to promote the many attractions of the region is starting up under the name Travel Jefferson.

Quick: Define "Journalist"

May 1, 2014

If you hang out at the city council meeting and send a few tweets about the proceedings, does that make you a journalist? 

That's a question the Oregon Government Ethics Commission wants to answer. 

Public bodies around the country are struggling with how to define who is and is not a journalist. 

Adopted Children "Carried In Our Hearts"

May 1, 2014

There are many reasons people adopt children, and many adoptions are now overseas ones. 

Dr. Jane Aronson is a pediatrician who specializes in adoption; she founded the Worldwide Orphans Foundation. 

Ashland Wins "Most Improved" Bike City

Apr 30, 2014

Getting the gold star is still a good thing, years after elementary school. 

The city of Ashland's friendliness to bicycles just earned it a gold star from the League of American Bicyclists. 

And that's big jump from its previous bronze status, winning Ashland the title of "Most Improved Bicycle Friendly City" in the country. 

VENTSday: Cover Oregon + Oil Trains

Apr 30, 2014

Cover Oregon's health insurance market website is being scrapped by the state. 

And oil trains are increasing in number and frequency across the country. 

Now THERE are two topics worth venting on!

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.

The ADHD Explosion

Apr 30, 2014
Oxford University Press

Many parents have wondered why there seem to be so many cases of ADHD, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, being diagnosed in America today. 

One in nine children are diagnosed with ADHD, and the majority of them receive prescriptions for it.