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 9, 2014 | 8:30
10:31 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Moving On Up... To Oregon

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Melissa Sullivan at United Van Lines talks about the states people move TO (Oregon) and FROM (New Jersey).

"We're Number One!" 

Oregonians can now make this claim, but perhaps not so enthusiastically. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 9, 2014 | 9:00
10:27 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Getting Insured Means Getting To The E.R.

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Sarah Taubman takes us through the numbers showing people getting Medicaid use the E.R. more.

The name of a recent study make its point clear in its title: "Medicaid Increases Emergency Department Use."

The study is the latest in a series that tracks the effects of bringing previously uninsured people into Oregon's version of Medicaid, the Oregon Health Plan. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 8, 2014 | 8:00
10:34 am
Wed January 8, 2014

New Laws For The New Year In Oregon

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Oregon State Rep. Peter Buckley talks about new laws that took effect January 1, 2014.

Taking a call from a loved one while you're driving just got more expensive in Oregon. 

The fines for cell phone use while driving just bumped up with the new year.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 8, 2014 | 8:30
10:33 am
Wed January 8, 2014

VENTSday: Evolution Politics + Cutting Up California

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Listeners vent on evolution positions and the idea of breaking up California.

If you believe in evolution, does that make you a Democrat? 

That IS the general trend in America, and one of the topics in this week's VENTSday segment, the other being a new plan for dividing California.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 8, 2014 | 9:00
10:29 am
Wed January 8, 2014

"A Dreadful Deceit" About Race

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Jacqueline Jones talks about fluid descriptions of races--and some truly awful treatment of people--in American history.

Maybe we're finally getting away from the idea of different races, but in no great hurry. 

Remember, people once referred to "the Jewish race," among other things.  Science has established that there's ONE race--human--but the old ways die hard. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 7, 2014 | 8:30
10:53 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Kicking An Old Habit In The New Year

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Gail Anderson explains the working of smoking cessation programs--and how it usually takes several tries.

Even the people who resist making New Year's resolutions may be inclined to think in terms of "turning a page" into a new year, and changing some long-established habits. 

Smoking is a popular item for the top of that list. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 7, 2014 | 9:00
10:50 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Fighting Off A Case Of "Affluenza"

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John De Graaf describes rampant consumerism in the context of his favorite term, "Affluenza."

When do we cross the line between striving and accumulating? 

In a consumer society, it can be hard indeed to resist the tidal forces driving us to buy bigger, better, and more.  Of ANYthing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 6, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Barred Owl Shooting: USF&WS Perspective

Saving spotted owls is the point of the shooting of some barred owls.
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Paul Henson of U.S. Fish & Wildlife explains the shooting of barred owls to keep spotted owls from going extinct.

Time for a few more words on the shooting of barred owls. 

The process recently began, in an effort to help spotted owls survive in areas where the owls compete for territory. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 6, 2014 | 8:30
10:22 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Public Records, But Not For Public Employees

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Lawyer Steven Wilker lays out public records laws and how they are used (and abused).

How best to teach budding journalists the uses of public records laws? 

Request public records.  That's what student media advisor Kate Willson did at Oregon State University.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 6, 2014 | 9:00
10:20 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

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Dan Hurley talks about how he used himself as a guinea pig in boosting brain power for his book "Smarter."

Do you know your own IQ? 

Better question: do you think your IQ number indicates a ceiling of sorts, a boundary beyond which your brain cannot go? 

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