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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Maybe you cringe when you watch other people discipline their kids.  Maybe you cringe thinking about the way you guide your own children. 

Sarah Ockwell-Smith has a few ideas to reduce the cringing.  She is a parenting expert who combines deep research with a gentle approach to kids, as portrayed in her latest book Gentle Disclipline


"To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before" is great for Star Trek, but it can be a little scary in real life. 

Making big decisions have consequences, and some of us just freeze at the prospect of making them. 

Rogue Valley lawyer/business executive/author Julie Benezet recognizes the difficulties, and offers advice in a book called The Journey of Not Knowing: How 21st Century Leaders Can Chart a Course Where There Is None


Bicycle-sharing programs are not just for big cities.  A number of cities in our region have started implementing bike share programs.

In the Rogue Valley, the Rogue Valley Council of Governments has partnered with the City of Ashland to implement a community bike share program called “Rogue Bike Share”

Moves are also being made in Arcata and Eugene to crank up the community pedals. 

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Vanessa Grigoriadis went back to college.  But not to take classes; to talk to students and observe the culture, with a particular focus on sexuality and sexual assault. 

Sexual assault appears to be epidemic, if you focus on the major news stories.  And the ways in which people relate to each other have changed greatly in the age of social media and ubiquitous cellphones. 

Grigoriadis wrote her findings in Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus

Watching Jim Acosta from CNN at work is both fascinating and grueling. As the White House correspondent for his network, his job is to lob questions about matters facing the country at both White House representatives and the president himself. And it can’t be easy to stand there and take the abuse when President Donald Trump declares “you are fake news” in response to a question. 

To Acosta’s credit, he stands his ground and continues to ask his questions, knowing the responses may be incomplete at best and hostile at worst.


Labor Day gives the Exchange staff a chance to use that last little bit of summer vacation.  But the show must go on, so we provide interviews from previous editions of the JX.  

At 8: This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids.  The effort by Danielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo needs no further explanation.  

At 9: The Invisible History of the Human Race

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Wow, that was fast.  Is summer over already? 

Not quite, but it is September already. 

And on the first day of the month, we roll out our First Friday Arts segment. 

It's a celebration of the arts in all of their forms... music, dance, painting, sculpture, theater... you name it. 

And you make the segment by calling 800-838-3760 with information about arts events coming to your town in September.  There's no guest other than our callers. 

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It's not just a TV-show trope that many of the people working at writing computer programs are male. 

It's a fact in real life, and one that Reshma Saujani aims to change. 

She is the founder of "Girls Who Code," which aims to increase the incidence of females creating the stuff that runs on our computers and smartphones. 

The statues are almost entirely of men.  But lots of people played a huge variety of roles in the American Civil War. 

Karen Abbott gives us an unusual look at women of the Civil War, undercover, in the book Liar Temptress Soldier Spy

Those really are the job descriptions for the four women profiled, two each from North and South. 

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The many health insurance discussions generally do not include any mention of direct primary care (DPC)

The payment scheme in DPC is like a cable TV or cellphone bill: a monthly flat fee that is not connected to how much you use the service. 

The model is already in use in our region. 

Dr. Jill Friesen in Redding operates a DPC practice, as does Dr. Phillipp Olshausen in Medford. 

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Untrained eyes will only see a wooded hillside.  But the people of the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology--SOULA--travel with trained eyes. 

And they used those eyes, plus metal detectors and other tools, to further investigate the site of the Battle of Big Bend, the last skirmish in the "Rogue Indian War" of the 19th century. 

This month's installment of Underground History brings details of the dig to the forefront. 

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Once upon a time, we thought earthquakes only happened in San Francisco and Alaska.  You know, not here. 

But the discovery of the Cascadia Subduction Zone removed our sense of the solid earth, and the occasional rumbles in the region remind us that a very big earthquake is possible. 

Perhaps even MORE possible in these days when we put powerful forces into the ground to release gas and oil. 

Kathryn Miles tells the story of tremors natural and man-made in her book Quakeland: On the Road to America’s Next Devastating Earthquake

If you want to start a conversation that you know will last a while, ask Josh Gross about favorite bands. 

He loves music, and across a wide spectrum of genres and styles. 

Josh makes music, and writes about music for the Rogue Valley Messenger

And once a month, he visits the studio with "Rogue Sounds," a compilation of musical samples and news of coming band dates. 

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Drive from Arcata to Eureka on 101, and the water in the bay looks like it's right at the road level.  Which is not a good thing.  Because sea levels are rising and the land is subsiding. 

The disappearing of land into water could have greater impacts in Humboldt County than anywhere else in California. 

Earlier this month (August 9), the California Coastal Commission awarded a $50,000 grant to Humboldt County to develop collaborative strategies to address sea level rise for some of the county’s most vulnerable areas. 

John Ford runs the county Planning and Building Department. 

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It's a regular feature of hanging out by the ocean: the cries of the gulls.  They get most of the attention (volume helps), but there are many other interesting birds to see where land and water meet. 

And those birds will be celebrated and observed when the 31st annual Oregon Shorebird Festival convenes in the Bandon area on Labor Day weekend. 

Attendees will grab a variety of devices to get close looks at the birds. 

Photographer and author Paul Bannick will be one of the presenters at the festival. 


Legislators both state and national get accused of "kicking the can down the road," putting off tough decisions on knotty problems. 

When you think about it, the founders of the American republic did the same thing.  They could not agree on slavery, for example, and the country had to put that issue to rest generations later. 

The issues on which the founders could not agree get a book of their own: Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws That Affect Us Today

Flaws in the Constitution?  Married authors Cynthia and Sanford Levinson lay out the details in the book, written for younger readers. 

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A frequent complaint from hourly workers in many businesses is that they do not know what hours they will be working until a new schedule is posted. 

Oregon state law now addresses when that posting has to take place. 

Under the Fair Work Week Law, in effect for three weeks now, some large employers now have to post worker schedules two weeks in advance. 

Oregon Working Families pushed hard to get the bill passed, with help from both parties.

The fire situation continues to grind on day after day, with evacuation orders in effect in several places, and smoke nearly everywhere. 

Several agencies joined forces to establish a Joint Information Center on the fires in Southwest Oregon, including the Chetco Bar Fire threatening Brookings. 

The creation of the JIC is a rare move, and one that underscores the severity of the fire season. 

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No one can know absolutely what it's like to live in another person's skin. 

But Zinzi Clemmons shares what it is like to come of age as an African-American woman in her debut novel, "What We Lose." 

Clemmons is Philadelphia-raised, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad. 

And she is host Robert Goodwin's guest in another edition of The Keenest Observers. 


There are many anecdotes about homeless people, but not so many firm figures.  It's just hard to count people who do not live in one place all the time, especially when the people sleep out of doors. 

But the point-in-time (PIT) homeless count attempts to track homeless people in Oregon every other January. 

The numbers are out for this year; they show Jackson County with one of the higher populations of homeless veterans in Oregon. 

Access, Inc. led the point-in-time study this year.