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 | April 02, 2014
10:10 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Fair Housing Issues For College Students

Credit Associated Students of SOU (ASSOU)

Kristi Wright describes the issues SOU students encounter in renting houses.

Being a college student is tough enough these days… did you see the recent news that accumulated student debt is now more than a trillion dollars in America? 

Then there's the issue of housing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed April 2, 2014

VENTSday: DUI Death Penalties + Landlord/Tenant Issues

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Callers vent on proper penalties for DUI deaths and landlord/tenant problems.

Maximum penalties for drunk driving and horror stories of landlord/tenant relations are the topics of 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.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Using The Tax Return To Protest War

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter costs around $135 Million each to build.
Credit U.S. Navy/Public Domain

Susan Cundiff and Peg Morton describe war tax protest and resistance--and the reactions to them.

There are probably few people who look forward to April 15th.

It is, after all, the day when our income tax returns are due. 

But there are people who relish the opportunity to make a statement about where our tax money goes.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 01, 2014
10:44 am
Tue April 1, 2014

The Buzz About Bees

Credit Amy Quinton/Capital Public Radio

Dr. Dewey Caron join us to share the world of beekeeping.

Spring is here and the flowers are blooming.  The bees can't be far behind.

Despite problems with bee populations, there are still many pollinators at work keeping our plants growing and thriving.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 01, 2014
10:39 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Eugene's "Safe Spot" For The Homeless

Credit www.communitysupportedshelters.org/

Erik de Buhr, executive director of Community Supported Shelters joins us.

The City of Eugene is continually working to find the right balance of oversight and management for its growing number of homeless camps.

Eugene’s Community Supported Shelters Executive Director Erik de Buhr supervises some of the city’s camps.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 01, 2014
10:32 am
Tue April 1, 2014

When Grief Calls Forth The Healing

Credit www.whengriefcallsforththehealing.com

Author Mary Rockefeller Morgan shares her story of losing her twin brother.

We've all lost somebody important to us.  And the grieving process takes time and patience and pain.

Most of us cannot understand the unique grief and pain of the person who has lost a twin. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 31, 2014
10:59 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Southern Oregon U's Sustainability Center

Vincent Smith, director of SOU's Center for Sustainability joins us.

Southern Oregon University is getting into the farming business.

A five-acre farm with fruit trees and a garden is now being developed on university property.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 31, 2014
10:58 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Jordan Cove Approval Rejection

Credit BLM/Wikimedia

We talk with the Rogue Riverkeeper who has asked Oregon's governor to help stop the project.

A federal agency just gave one of several approvals to the Jordan Cove gas export proposal in Coos Bay. 

Several more approvals are still required before any gas is compressed or shipped, but environmental groups like Rogue Riverkeeper are not waiting. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 31, 2014
10:56 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Our Addiction To Speed

Credit www.stephaniebrownphd.com

Author Dr. Stephanie Brown talks about the process of slowing down.

So what ELSE are you doing while you read this?  We're a multi-tasking society these days, always on the go, frequently rushing from place to place.

Are we moving fast because it's fun?  Might we be addicted?

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Jefferson Exchange | March 28, 2014
11:45 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Railroads & Trains At Josephine Libraries

Credit Public domain

Robert Herning and Carolyn Kohn join us to discuss the new series.

Long before Interstate Five, the railroad was the main artery of commerce in the region.  Railroads remain important to the working of the nation, and bring excitement to trackside observers.

The Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries will host a series of programs on trains and railroads called "All Aboard" in the coming months.

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