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 | Feb 9-13, 2015
5:16 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Vaccines, Sex Ed, and Loving Introverts: Feb 9-13 on JX

Vaccines are very much in the news of late, and Oregon's coming deadline for getting kids shots or removing them from school only adds to the headlines.

That's one of the featured interviews in this week of the Jefferson Exchange.

We'll also visit with "Dr. Wes" about consent-based sex education, and learn about how introverts approach love relationships.  Yeah, some of us already know.

Here are the week's highlights so far:

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Jefferson Exchange for February 9-13, 2015

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JeffX | February 5, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu February 5, 2015

On Wings Of Eagles: Winter Wings 2015

One of the perennial stars of Winter Wings.
Credit Wikimedia

For some people, an interest in birds starts early in life. 

Take Richard Crossley for example.  He got hooked on birding at age 7 in England, now lives in the United States and pursues his passion here… in photos, in books, and in video. 

Crossley will be the keynote speaker at the annual Winter Wings Festival in Klamath Falls starting February 12th. 

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JeffX | February 5, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Britt Prepares Classical Festival Offerings

Teddy Abrams at work.
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Great things are expected out of the Britt Classical Festival in Jacksonville this summer. 

Summer 2014 was a smash under first-year conductor Teddy Abrams, and he is back for a second year at the podium. 

Britt announces the classical offerings Thursday night, and we might be able to pry a few details out of Teddy Abrams ahead of time. 

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JeffX | February 5, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu February 5, 2015

The Weight-Loss Guru: "It Was Me All Along"

Credit Clarkson Potter

Andie Mitchell stepped on a scale on her 20th birthday and saw 268 pounds on the dial. 

So she took action, and ended up losing about half her body weight over time. 

She still loves food, cooks plenty of it, and writes about it at her blog "Can You Stay For Dinner?" 

Her journey to the present day is detailed in her book It Was Me All Along.

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JeffX | February 4, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Jackson County Considers Wolf Damage Payments

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Not so long ago, there were no wild wolves in Jackson County.  There are still fewer than a dozen, say wildlife officials. 

But Jackson County commissioners are considering setting up a system to compensate ranchers for livestock losses to wolves. 

Rob Klavins at the group Oregon Wild is experienced with such systems from his work on wolf recovery in Northeast Oregon. 

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JeffX | February 4, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed February 4, 2015

VENTSday: Tribal Casinos + Graduation Rates

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Everybody has something to say about the Coquille Tribe's plan for a casino in Medford, it seems.  Tuesday night features a public input meeting in Medford, and we'll have one of our own on VENTSday, live on Wednesday morning.

And that's only one hot topic for this week.  The other: our high school graduation rates (72% for Oregon, 80% in California) and how to bring them up.

VENTSday is our weekly forum for you to vent (politely) on topics in the news.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

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JeffX | February 4, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed February 4, 2015

The "Nanny Whisperer" Helps Find Good Childcare

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Children are not made of glass, but they are certainly precious and fragile. 

Parents worry a great deal about doing the best for their kids, and finding people to care for their kids when they are not around. 

The search for quality childcare is deconstructed in the book Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer: A Practical Guide for Finding and Achieving the Gold Standard of Care for Your Child.

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JeffX | February 3, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Making A Legislative Case For Tuition Relief

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The last couple of decades have been hard on college students. 

The cost of higher education--even at public universities--skyrocketed. 

As a result, average student debt roughly tripled between 1990 and 2010. 

Which is why most sessions of the Oregon Legislature feature a rally by college students in support of tuition breaks. 

Associated Students of Southern Oregon University plan such a rally with other groups at the state capitol on February 12th. 

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JeffX | February 3, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue February 3, 2015

World Premiere: "A Question of Words"

Credit Camelot Theatre

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is known for the occasional world premiere of a new play. 

But this time a smaller community theater is the one trotting out a new work. 

Camelot Theatre in Talent is the first company to put on a fully-staged version of Richard Manley's "A Question of Words."

The play has been heard in the Rogue Valley before... it was one of the plays in the 2013 Ashland New Plays Festival, as a staged reading. 

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JeffX | February 3, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Gearing Up For Shakespeare Season

Guys and Dolls is one of this year's OSF offerings.
Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Sword fighters, craps players, and history's most famous queen will join many other characters on stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the coming season in Ashland. 

OSF plays hit the stages later in the month, and the company is cranking up to full speed to get ready. 

We visit with OSF reps Lydia Garcia and Julie Felise Dubiner to talk about the general challenges of running a professional theater company in a small town... and this year's crop of 11 plays. 

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JeffX | February 2, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 2, 2015

More Wolves, Fewer Restrictions In Oregon

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OR-7 is a trailblazing wolf.  Now other wolves have followed him from Northeast Oregon to establish new home territories in our part of the country. 

In fact, there are enough wolves in Eastern Oregon now (7 breeding pairs) for the state to change wolf protections. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups continue to push for wolf protection. 

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JeffX | February 2, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Bobby Seale, Latter-Day Black Panther

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Racism, fascism, male chauvinism… these were all the targets of the original Black Panther Party in the 1960s. 

But the party's "all power to the people" approach was widely misunderstood and feared, and the subject of investigation and infiltration by the FBI. 

Bobby Seale was there for all of it, and is still around to talk about it. 

Seale was a founder of the BPP, and he now brings his message and memories to college audiences. 

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JeffX | February 2, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Cascadia Quakes Past And Future

Credit Mark Lincoln

It's not an anniversary anybody celebrated, and it certainly is not one anyone wants to re-enact. 

But January 26th marked 315 years to the day since the last big earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. 

Scientists tell us that time gap means Cascadia is due, if not overdue, for another major shaking. 

Oregon Emergency Management continues to warn of the likely destruction by such a quake. 

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First...The News
11:51 am
Sun February 1, 2015

What Is A Clock?

Here you can see what NPR broadcasts at various points in the hour, and what is available for local stations like JPR to cover and replace with local material.
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The correct response to that headline is “well, duh…” But bear with me here; the clock I’m talking about is not mechanical, and does not hang on the wall. When public radio people say “clock,” they really mean “schedule.” And the changing of the clocks a few months back made for some changes in the news programming you hear on JPR.

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JeffX | January 30, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Family-to-Family Help With Mental Illness

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We're still working as a society to shake the stigma that often accompanies mental illness. 

Roughly a quarter of American adults experience some kind of mental illness in a given year. 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness--NAMI--works to overcome misconceptions and stereotypes. 

Its Rogue Valley chapter offers programs for people dealing with mental illness in a family member to receive training--from people in similar situations. 

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JeffX | January 30, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Next Steps On Ashland Biomass Project

Credit Southern Oregon University

It will NOT be like throwing logs on a fire, but Southern Oregon University is talking about burning wood for heating and electricity. 

A couple of the university's boilers are due for replacement, so SOU floated a plan for a cogeneration facility (to make steam and electricity) fired by biomass--wood waste. 

The process of gauging public opinions just wrapped up, and SOU reports generally favorable responses. 

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JeffX | January 30, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Hiking The Bigfoot Trail

A small lake in the Trinity Alps.
Credit Tom Hilton/Wikimedia

Whether you believe in Bigfoot or not, you can certainly follow in his/her footsteps. 

Our region is the supposed stomping ground of the large and furry creature, and home to The Bigfoot Trail

Nature lover and Humboldt County resident Michael Kauffmann is the brains behind the idea of the 400-mile trail, a way to enjoy the incredible diversity of the Klamath Mountain region. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Feb 2-6, 2015
11:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Wolves, Earthquakes, and First Friday Arts: Feb 2-6 on JX

More wolves in Oregon means fewer protections for wolves in parts of the state.  That's one topic we'll explore on the Jefferson Exchange the week of February 2nd.

We'll also get reminders of the looming Cascadia Earthquake, now that it's 315 years since the last one.

And our First Friday Arts segment lays out a cornucopia of arts events.

That's not all... below is the still-developing list for the week.

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JeffX | January 29, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Dollars In And Out: Making A State Budget

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It's tough enough to make a budget for ourselves.  Now imagine the complexity in producing a budget for an entire state government. 

Ashland state representative Peter Buckley counts that among his tasks in the Oregon legislature. 

Buckley is the house co-chair of the committee that preps the budget, which will be bigger again this year with the economic recovery continuing. 

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JeffX | January 29, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Homelessness So Close It Can't Be Ignored

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The invitation to Southern Oregon University students is plain: "you will confront your fears and stereotypes surrounding homelessness." 

Students have been invited to take part in a Homelessness Immersion Experience in Portland in February. 

Participants will visit homeless camps and perform volunteer work as part of the project. 

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