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 | September 9, 2013
5:26 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Oregon Wild Campaigns Against Clearcuts

A clearcut on private land in the Oregon Coast Range.
Credit Tim Giraudier / Oregon Wild

Congress returns to business today, and a key item of business for the region is up for consideration.  Members of Congress from both parties in Oregon support a plan to divide the former O & C lands managed by the federal government, with a portion managed intensively for timber (and county revenue).  Opponents are mounting a campaign against the measure, under the banner "Oregon Home of the Clearcut."

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Jefferson Exchange | September 9, 2013
5:21 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Living In The Funny Pages

Francesco Marciuliano gets inside the minds of dogs with his latest book.
Credit medium-large.com

Dogs did not really write the poems in "I Could Chew on This," we're reasonably sure.  Just as cats did not write the poems in "I Could Pee on This."  Francesco Marciuliano wrote them all, just as he writes the daily "Sally Forth" comic strip in newspapers across the country.  Marciuliano is clearly a busy guy, but he'll spend an hour with us talking about his work and the creative process. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 6, 2013
11:32 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ug The Caveman, And Other Arts Events

Camelot Theatre's current show depicts a ~possible~ origin for theater itself.
Credit Camelot Theatre

It's the first Friday of another month, time for our First Friday Arts Segment… we run down a list of events in the performing and visual arts and invite listeners to add to the list, or add details to items you've heard.  This month, a busy one: Ug the Caveman Musical, Man of La Mancha, 'Swonderful, and more...

Jefferson Exchange | September 6, 2013
11:13 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Small Business Help Hits The Road

Banner for the Governor's Marketplace Roadshow.
Credit State of Oregon

Political leaders often talk about making life easier for small business owners.  Oregon's governor sends people who can help on the road.  The "Governor's Marketplace Roadshow" visits Grants Pass, Klamath Falls and Eugene in the weeks ahead, putting state and federal agency representatives face-to-face with business owners.  You'll hear who attends and what kinds of help they can expect.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 6, 2013
10:55 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Being Good To The Bees

A bee buzzing near a lemon tree.
Credit pdphoto.org

The recent pesticide-caused bee deaths in northern Oregon underscored the importance of bees to agriculture… and so to us and our food supply.  No education on this point is necessary for the people at Wild Bee International in Eagle Point.  You'll hear about the group's work with bees, and what it hopes to accomplish for bees and all of us who depend upon them.  Other beekeepers and bee fans join in the discussion.

Jefferson Exchange | September 5, 2013
5:10 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Inside the 2012 Race to the White House

Before the talk about the 2016 presidential election turns serious, can we look back?  Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz enjoyed great access to both major-party campaigns during the last election cycle, and he shares the access with readers in his book Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.

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