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 3, 2013
11:29 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Timber Legislation From O & C Counties Perspective

Logs at a Glendale mill in 2008.
Credit Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

Doug Robertson gives an O & C Counties take on the Wyden timber legislation.

The other shoe just dropped in the plan to reorganize some of Western Oregon's federal forests. 

The so-called O & C lands were already the focus of a bill passed in the U.S. House earlier this year. 

Now Sen. Ron Wyden has released his plan--different from the House version--for giving greater protection to a portion of the lands, while managing the remainder more intensively for timber production. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 3, 2013
11:27 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Higher Speeds For Applegate Lake?

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/public domain

Oregon State Marine Board's Ashley Massey describes the Applegate Lake speed-limit process.

There's frequently a bit of tension between groups of people who want to enjoy public waterways. 

That tension is on display over Applegate Lake in Jackson County. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 3, 2013
11:25 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Alternative Radio With David Barsamian

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David Barsamian talks about media concentration, and why he chose independence.

There's mainstream media and lots of stuff that does not fit in the mainstream, and then there's David Barsamian. 

He not only considers what he does out of the mainstream, the very name of his media venture is Alternative Radio. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 2, 2013
10:29 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Fingerprinting And Photographing Kids For Safety

Credit Keepingkidssafeproject.com

Lytishya Borglum describes the events at the Child Safety Fair in Coos Bay December 7.

Once upon a time, people might have been shocked at the idea of getting our kids' pictures and fingerprints taken just in case they disappeared. 

But picture-and-fingerprint events have been going on for decades, and they continue still.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 2, 2013
10:25 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Providence Festival Of Trees & Rogue Winterfest

Rogue Winterfest Auction in 2011.
Credit Roguewinterfest.org

Trees, more trees and "Christmas on Mars": descriptions of Providence Festival of Trees and Rogue Winterfest.

The holiday season cranks up to full speed this week, with the arrival of two of the region's premier events.

The Providence Festival of Trees returns to the Medford Armory with a display of seasonal beauty that is also a major fundraiser for medical care at Providence Medford Medical Center. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 28, 2013
10:59 am
Wed November 27, 2013

The Day After Thanksgiving

What we said on Thanksgiving about booking guests? 

Pretty much the same on the day AFTER Thanksgiving, so we deliver another pair of items from the archives. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 28, 2013
10:53 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving From The Jefferson Exchange

Thanksgiving Day is one of the few days each year when we do NOT broadcast The Exchange live. 

Trying to book live guests on a holiday is never easy, but we admit to looking forward to turkey and off-time as well.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 27, 2013
10:42 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Getting The Railroad Show On Track

Yes, it's a MODEL railroad.
Credit Graham Causer/Wikimedia

Tony Johnson talks trains and this weekend's Rogue Valley Railroad Show.

What IS it about trains? 

They're just like big trucks and busses on steel rails… but the people who love them think of them as far more than that. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 27, 2013
10:40 am
Wed November 27, 2013

VENTSday: PG-13 Violence + You're Thankful For...

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Listeners vent on violence in movies and who/what they give thanks for this Thanksgiving.

Here we are, just hours before the turkey hits the table, wondering what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

It's become a holiday tradition, that one of our two VENTSday topics concerns what we are all thankful for.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 27, 2013
10:35 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Before The Big Meal, Wine And Cheese

Wine and cheese chat with wine expert Melanie Wagner and cheesemaker Peggy Smith.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a chat on food… or two, come to think of it. 

We'll certainly have the wine and cheese courses covered, as we visit with Melanie Wanger, the author of Hello Wine. 

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