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 13, 2013
10:35 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival

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Author Giles Slade considers the disruptions that could take place if the warnings about climate change come to pass.

Just how hot will it get as climate change continues? 

Even if we don't notice the heat, what will rising sea levels do to coastal communities?  These are the questions Giles Slade considers in his book  American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2013
11:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Look, Up In The Sky: Comics Students!

Benjamin Saunders catches up on academic work.
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Department Director Benjamin Saunders and Assistant Professor Glynne Walley share where the program is going.

Funnies yes, but not a joke.

The University of Oregon seriously launched a comics and cartoon studies minor last year, the first of its kind in the country.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2013
11:05 am
Thu December 12, 2013

A Food Angel And An e-Chiever

Pamala Joy surrounded by the fruits of her labors.
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Pamela Joy, with Ashland Food Angels is collecting food to help feed low income families in the Rogue Valley.

Thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables and other food items are staying out of the trash and going straight to people in need, thanks to the help of one Ashland woman.

Pamala Joy, Director of the Ashland Food Angels, collects food from markets and bakeries around the Rogue Valley to help feed low income families.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2013
11:01 am
Thu December 12, 2013

T.R.'s Roots: "Heir To The Empire City"

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Edward P. Kohn's book explores the early years that shaped U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

Any discussion of American President Theodore Roosevelt often goes straight to his tough-guy image. 

Yes, he charged up San Juan Hill in Cuba with a unit called The Rough Riders. 

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

Childcare Least Affordable In Oregon

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Jada Rupley, Oregon's Early Learning Director, responds to the lack of affordable child care and talks about efforts to change the situation.

Oregon can be an expensive place to raise a child.

In actual dollars, other states rank higher, but Oregon families pay a greater portion of their income for child care than in any other state. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2013
11:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

VENTSday: Snow Stories + Cell Phones On Planes

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Listeners vent BIG TIME on continued snow problems and cell phones on planes.

How was your week in the snow and how do you feel about cell phone use on planes?

Our weekly ritual is renewed, as we throw a pair of topics on the table--in theory, unrelated--and open up the phone lines and the email box to gather your take on either or both of the issues. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2013
10:56 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Just Like Mom Said, "Sharing Is Good"

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Beth Buczynski explains how sharing works, with a big assist from the Internet.

It's not just financial necessity that gets people thinking about sharing more things in their lives. 

Opening closets, cupboards and attics reminds us just how much STUFF we collect over the years. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 10, 2013
11:23 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Cover Oregon And Its Ongoing Troubles

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Ariane Holm explains the continued difficulties with Cover Oregon and its web site.

Cover Oregon can't seem to catch a break. 

The highly-touted and heavily advertised online health insurance exchange for Oregon did not make its deadline, and was unable to sign up any customers for health insurance through its web page.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 10, 2013
11:20 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Eugene Gets A "Rest Stop" For Homeless

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Eugene develops a "rest stop" for the homeless; Michael Wisth describes the process.

The city of Eugene is finally getting a "rest stop"… but not the kind where travelers pull off the freeway for a few minutes. 

"Rest stop" in this context means a place for homeless people to spend the night in tents, a legal place to sleep in town. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 10, 2013
11:18 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Philosophy For Life

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Jules Evans talks about practical daily applications for philosophy.

The study of philosophy has a long and storied history, and that history might lead some people to get the wrong idea. 

Namely, that philosophy is of the past, not the present.  That's where Jules Evans comes in.

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