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 | November 25, 2013
10:23 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Frank Tavares, Fiction Writer/"Voice Of NPR"

Frank Tavares
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Frank Tavares talks about fiction writing and his other careers--including "The Voice of NPR."

Frank Tavares is a professor of communication and a fiction writer, but you probably know him best as the "voice of NPR." 

Until very recently, all the announcements that began "funding for NPR…" were delivered in the sonorous tones of Mr. Tavares. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 22, 2013
10:37 am
Fri November 22, 2013

A Day For Survivors Of Suicide

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Julie Lockhart and Shoshana Alexander discuss the impact of suicide on loved ones.

Saturday, November 23rd is International Survivors of Suicide Day.

It's not even in the same month as Suicide Prevention Month (September), and the issues are certainly somewhat different. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 22, 2013
10:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Christmas Charities Ramp Up For Giving

Salvation Army bell ringer from a recent year.
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Becky Snyder talks about Christmas charities in the Rogue Valley.

If the bells have not started ringing already, they certainly will soon. 

The Salvation Army and other charitable groups are now ramping up their efforts to collect money and goods to make the season happier for needy families. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 22, 2013
10:29 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Anjelica Huston: "A Story Lately Told"

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Anjelica Huston talks about life, the movies, and critics. Oh, the critics.

Was there ever a chance Anjelica Huston would NOT end up in movies? 

Both her father and grandfather worked in the business.  Yet her early life was lived far from Hollywood, on an estate in Ireland, and eventually London and New York.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2013
10:45 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Oregon Considers Changes In Liquor Regulation

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OLCC chair Rob Patridge talks about the process of changing--possibly--liquor laws in Oregon.

How and where alcoholic beverages are sold changes from state to state. 

Oregon is still one of the states where the state government still plays a major hand, while neighboring Washington changed to a system that makes packaged-liquor sales more of a private-sector function.  

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2013
10:42 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Adopting Agriculture As An Occupation

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Stuart O'Neil and Katy Giombolini explain how Farm Corps programs train farmers-to-be.

Has the tide turned on interest in farming as an occupation?

For decades, the numbers of family farmers declined, and the acreage worked by large agribusiness companies went up. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2013
10:40 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Twisted Fairy Tales: "Alice in tumblr-Land"

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Tim Manley reads from "Alice in tumblr-Land" and describes the process of bringing it to book shelves.

As we recently learned from the author of "The Grimm Conclusion" (on Halloween), today's audiences like a little modern spicing-up with their traditional fairy tales. 

Witness the cascade of TV shows putting modern spins on old stories ("Sleepy Hollow," "Once Upon a Time"). 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2013
3:27 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Campaigning For A Ban On Neonicotinoids

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Lisa Arkin of Beyond Toxics discusses a proposed ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.

The bodies of 50,000 dead bees no longer litter the parking lot of a Portland-area shopping center.

But the impact of last June's bee kill is still being felt. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2013
3:24 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

VENTSday-Filibusters + Fracking

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Listeners vent on filibusters and fracking.

Republicans in the U.S. Senate just blocked another Obama judicial nominee through the "filibuster" rule (60 votes needed to proceed to a real vote), and California just released proposed rules for "fracking."

Tell us what YOU think on these issues...

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2013
3:20 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

JFK Assassination + 50 Years

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Jeff Golden and listeners discuss JFK--the one we knew, and the one who might have been.

November 22nd marks 50 years to the day--and it was also a Friday--since John F. Kennedy died of an assassin's bullet in Dallas. 

Many of the people alive on that day hold vivid memories, and we'll invite them to join us as we talk about the day and its aftermath. 

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