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 | October 31, 2013
10:50 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Halloween Celebrations In The State Of Jefferson

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Katherine Flanagan tells us about Ashland Halloween celebrations.

At last, it's here… a day to act all creepy and ghouly, and nobody has a particular problem with it. 

Halloween is such a big deal in Ashland, the police shut down the main street so the kids can parade in their costumes.  

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Jefferson Exchange | October 31, 2013
10:48 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Getting California's High-Speed Rail On Track

Artist rendering of a possible high-speed rail future.
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Lisa Alley of California High-Speed Rail Authority talks trains, tracks and plans.

High-speed trains zoom across countries in Europe and Asia, but the United States is moving slowly toward fast trains (150 mph and faster). 

California's planned high-speed rail system recently broke ground, amid lingering questions about costs and timelines.  We talk with the High-Speed Rail Authority about plans and progress.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 31, 2013
10:42 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Just In Time For Halloween: "The Grimm Conclusion"

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Adam Gidwitz explains the fun and power of gruesome tales for kids.

Maybe you noticed that kids often like gory stories, whether in movies or on the printed page. 

Adam Gidwitz must have known that from his eight years of teaching.  He's delighted readers young and old by retelling the fairy tales of the Grimm brothers in full-blooded glory. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2013
11:09 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Broadband Access Comes to Karuk & Yurok Country

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Eric Cutright explains how broadband will affect rural communities along the lower Klamath River.

You might have heard a lot of talk about the importance of bringing broadband Internet service to rural areas. 

The California Public Utility Commission is turning the talk in to action. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2013
10:39 am
Wed October 30, 2013

VENTSday-Closing Income Gap + Setting Up Marijuana Laws

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Callers vent on income gap and legalized marijuana.

Yet another study shows a widening income gap, this time within Oregon.  What would you do to close that gap?

And both our states may be headed to the ballot once again with measures to legalize marijuana for personal use.  How should any such laws be set up to safeguard users and society?  These are the topics in this week's VENTSday segment. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2013
10:36 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Treating Minors Who Commit Crimes Like Minors, Not Adults

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Carmen Daugherty and Shannon Wight discuss issues with juveniles in the adult criminal justice system.

"Lock 'em up and throw away the key" was once the attitude toward minors convicted of crimes in the United States. 

We still hear of cases of children being tried and convicted in adult court and sentenced to adult prison, but states continue to pass laws taking a different approach toward youthful offenders.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 29, 2013
12:53 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Shuffling The Dollars Between California School Districts

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Samantha Tran of Children Now explains California's new school funding system.

The dollars and the methods for distributing them are changing for California school districts. 

A voter-passed tax increase in 2012 made more money available for schools, and Governor Jerry Brown pushed for changes in the funding formula. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 29, 2013
12:51 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

The Surveillance State: "Spying On Democracy"

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Heidi Boghosian talks about state and corporate surveillance of private citizens.

So you use your "club card" to check out at the supermarket. 

The clerk thanks you by name, and you get a coupon for an item you might like, based on your past purchases. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 28, 2013
1:33 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Updating California's State Wildlife Action Plan

California Condor
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Armand Gonzalez of California Fish & Wildlife lays out the process of updating the State Wildlife Action Plan.

Long before wild animals begin heading for the endangered species list, steps will be taken to help ensure their survival. 

That is the hope, anyway… expressed in California through the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP).

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Jefferson Exchange | October 28, 2013
1:19 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Dennis Linthicum Challenges Oregon's Walden From The Right

Klamath County Commissioner and Congressional candidate Dennis Linthicum in June 2013.
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A visit with Dennis Linthicum on his political views.

Oregon U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-2nd District) is part of the Republican leadership in the House.

His job is getting fellow Republicans elected to house seats, and now he faces an intra-party challenge to his own. 

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