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 18, 2013
10:30 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Conversations On The (Public) Forest

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Roy Keene and Kevin Matthews talk about boosting rural communities but not cutting so many trees.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. 

Did anybody think in the early 90s that we would still be talking about the appropriate uses of public forests two decades later? 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 18, 2013
10:28 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Working To Expand The Plastic Bag Ban

Sarah Higgenbotham talks about lobbying the Ashland City Council for a plastic bag ban.

Take a guess at how many bags are used at stores in Oregon over the course of a year. 

Multiply 3.8 million by your best guess on use per person, and we get… 1.7 billion, by some estimates. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 18, 2013
10:25 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Living In The Shadow Of The Cross

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Paul Kivel separates Christians from the pervasiveness of Christianity in society in "Living In The Shadow of the Cross."

Pope Francis is making headlines with his efforts to get the Catholic church focused on the needs of the poor and downtrodden.

These are the same needs activist Paul Kivel has attempted to address in his own work. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Week of November 18-22
4:27 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Exchange This Week: Healthcare, Environment & Angelica Huston

Geoffrey Riley hosts and Charlotte Duren produces The Jefferson Exchange.
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It's true: Angelica Huston agreed to join us on Friday, November 22nd at 9 AM to talk about the first part of her memoir.

That's just one of the guests we've booked for this week on The Jefferson Exchange.  We'll also be talking about health care, the environment, and the death of JFK (with former host and author Jeff Golden).

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Jefferson Exchange | November 15, 2013
11:45 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Focusing On Motive & Suspect In Medford Bombing

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Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau brings us up to date (11/15) on the blast investigation.

It appears only luck prevented a bomb from causing more damage at the Jackson County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday morning.

An explosive device shattered windows at the vacant DA's office, but the propane tank it was apparently meant to detonate did not explode. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 15, 2013
11:41 am
Fri November 15, 2013

After The Fire, The Salvage Argument

The Jenny Fire burns near the Rogue River in the summer of 2013.
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Dominick DellaSala talks about writing the letter to Congress opposing salvage logging that 250 scientists signed.

It's one of the most predictable patterns in nature: a wildfire starts in a forest, a massive firefighting effort eventually succeeds in stopping the fire…

and then, after a few weeks, the arguments begin over how best to help the landscape recover from the fire.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 15, 2013
11:36 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Art Inpires Ashland: The Filmmaker

Reina-Marie Loader at work on "Horn," her film about rhinoceros poaching.
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Reina-Marie Loader describes her filmmaking career and her work.

The Art Inspires Ashland mini-festival brings artists from other parts of the world to the Rogue Valley, to explain their work processes and the results.

One of the visiting artists is South African born- and Austrian-based documentary filmmaker Reina-Marie Loader, who focuses her lenses on some of the most controversial topics in the world. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2013
10:57 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Prep For The Later Years: Vital Aging

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Don Bruland and Geneva Craig air their thoughts on vitality in later life.

Even people born close to the end of the Baby Boom are receiving offers of membership in AARP. 

The organization will likely swell in members in the coming years. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2013
10:54 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Keeping Carbon Monoxide Out Of The House

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Charles Chase from the Oregon Fire Marshal's office explains the sources of carbon monoxide.

Ah, winter.  It can certainly be pretty in the right conditions, but the weather often forces us indoors, windows and doors shut, with some kind of heating system running. 

What could go wrong?  Carbon monoxide, for one thing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2013
10:52 am
Thu November 14, 2013

What To Do About E-Waste

Now where?
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A discussion of e-waste and where it goes when we recycle our electronics.

We love our electronic devices in America.

Sometimes it seems it's reaching the point of "you'll have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers" when it comes to cell phones and other gadgets.  Until, that is, the NEXT thing comes along. 

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