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 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Starting The Year With "One Simple Change"

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Winnie Abramson lays out her 50 ideas that can be used for "One Simple Change."

If you are a person who makes New Year's resolutions, you can hold on until you hear this interview.

Winnie Abramson is a naturopathic doctor who writes the blog "Healthy Green Kitchen." 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 1, 2014
1:56 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

New Year's Day Special

Happy New Year!
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New Year's Day ends our run of holiday re-packaging of earlier interviews, with provocative pieces from previous Exchanges. 

At 8: Ronald Schlieffer and Jerry Vannatta make the case for more than needles and drugs in their book The Chief Concern of Medicine.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 31, 2013 | 8:00
11:02 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Record Dry Year For Medford Area

The story of this year: dry ground and blue skies.
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Milt Radford visits to talk about high-pressure blocks and other reasons for the dry year.

Unless a massive storm hits, and soon (highly unlikely), 2013 ends with a weather whimper that amounts to a meteorological bang.

The bang is that the year will end with less precipitation in Medford than in any other calendar year since record-keeping began more than 100 years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 31, 2013 | 8:30
11:01 am
Tue December 31, 2013

A Tribal Casino For Yreka?

The Karuk casino concept envisioned for Yreka.
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Buster Atteberry and Jaclyn Goodwin of the Karuk Tribe describe the casino plan for Yreka.

While a pair of Native American tribes spent much of the last year squabbling over a plan for a casino in Medford, a third tribe quietly laid the groundwork for a different casino in nearby Yreka. 

And the Karuk Tribe got a further boost when California's governor signed a compact with the tribe, a key step toward locating the casino. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 31, 2013 | 9:00
11:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Dorothea Lange Remembered

Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother."

Elizabeth Partridge speaks about her godmother and book subject, Dorothea Lange.

Google the term "migrant mother" and look at the pictures. 

You will know instantly the work of the depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 30, 2013
10:41 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Learning The Ropes In The World Of Arts

The Allen Elizabethan Theatre at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland. OSF is part of the "World of Work" program.
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Deborah Vaughn at the Oregon Arts Commission talks about the "World of Work" projects for students.

We want our students to do better in school, but budget cuts in recent years fell hard on offerings like art and music. 

And those offerings can be critical to the success of some students. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 30, 2013
10:38 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Military Interest In Sex Assault Program

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Det. Sgt. Tighe O'Meara describes the workings of the "You Have Options" program.

The very title of Ashland's program for sexual assault victims says a lot: "You Have Options." 

Those options include waiting to decide whether to file charges, which can make a big difference in a victim's well-being. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 30, 2013
10:36 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Solving The Procrastination Puzzle TODAY

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Dr. Timothy Pychyl talks about short- and long-term effects of procrastination.

We could not wait until the New Year started to talk to the author of this book. 

And true to form, Timothy Pychyl could not wait for a major publisher, so he self-published Solving The Procrastination Puzzle before a major house picked it up. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 27, 2013
11:59 am
Thu December 26, 2013

One More Holiday Special

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Our final re-packaged Christmas show takes in some of the best from previous editions of The Exchange.

At 8: Jane Heller writes of her life with a man with chronic medical issues, and how they cope with those issues, in You'd Better Not Die.
 
At 9: we'll spin some disks for a change, as we hear about the life of Leonard Cohen from Sylvie Simmons, the author of I'm Your Man. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 26, 2013
11:04 am
Wed December 25, 2013

Holiday Special For Boxing Day

A Boxing Day luncheon in England.
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Boxing Day is here, and with it, a boxing up of goodies from previous editions of The Exchange.

Today at 8: Robert Straub, a former Oregon governor who was often overshadowed (and beaten in elections) by Tom McCall is remembered in Chuck Johnson's book Standing at the Water's Edge.

Today at 9: Scott Wallace writes of a journey deep into the jungle in search of The Unconquered. 

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