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 | 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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Jefferson Exchange | December 25, 2013
10:56 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Favorites Served Up For Christmas Day

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Christmas Day is a day for us to re-gift earlier editions of the Exchange for your holiday listening pleasure.

Today at 8: Too late for Christmas shopping, Anat Shenker-Osorio considers the economy and news about it and advises us Don't Buy It

Today at 9: For all the people who tell us to look at the written words in the U.S. Constitution and nothing but, there are people pointing out how many concepts are NOT in that document.  Akhil Reed Amar is in the latter category, and he writes about the subject in America's Unwritten Constitution. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 24, 2013
10:45 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Oregon's Worst Charities, 2013 Edition

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Ellen Klem explains why charities end up on the "Worst Charities" list in Oregon.

In this season of giving, many people either make gifts of donations to charity or make year-end donations to beef up their charity deductions on the next income tax return. 

Oregon's Justice Department puts out an annual list of "the worst charities" seeking donations in Oregon. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 24, 2013
10:42 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Millennials Step Up As Volunteers

Volunteers on a trail project.
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Kathleen Joy talks about Oregon's better-than-average volunteerism.

The "Millennials" born between 1980 and 2000 take a fair amount of heat for a lack of enthusiasm perceived by other generations. 

But they're plenty enthusiastic about volunteering, at least in Oregon. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 24, 2013
10:38 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Behind The Scenes At "Antiques Roadshow"

Peter Pap with his specialty: rugs.
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Peter Pap describes his work with rugs, on and off "Antiques Roadshow."

The old saying "one person's trash is another's treasure" comes to life every week on the PBS television show "Antiques Roadshow." 

People from all over the country find curious items in their attics and basements, and find out they're worth a great deal of money. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 23, 2013
10:25 am
Mon December 23, 2013

The Fight To Maintain Protected Status For Wolves

A gray wolf in the wild.
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Josh Laughlin explains the opposition to the plan to roll back gray wolf protections.

We nearly wiped out wolves in the United States. 

And now large areas that were once home to wolves, including all of California, are wolf-free. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 23, 2013
10:22 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Behind The Numbers As Oregon Unemployment Declines

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Economist Guy Tauer from the Oregon Employment Department explains the current report on unemployment and the trends behind it.

Oregon's unemployment rate is only now dropping to levels last seen before the Great Recession. 

But there's still plenty of room for improvement; thousands of people are either looking for employment or new jobs to replace the ones they have. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 23, 2013
10:19 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Eating "Anything That Moves"

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Dana Goodyear describes the foods we're now eating and the ways we're preparing them in "Anything That Moves."

Remember a while back when we interviewed the author of a cookbook for bugs? 

Let's pick up that discussion once again, because interest in the subject is picking up momentum. 

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