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 8, 2013
11:02 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Settling Into New Reality At (Asante) Ashland Community Hospital

Ashland Community Hospital, before the Asante name was added
Credit Finetooth/Wikimedia

It's been quite a year for what was called Ashland Community Hospital. 

The small hospital needed to find a merger partner, had one, then watched as the merger fell through. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 8, 2013
11:01 am
Tue October 8, 2013

An Alternative Klamath Water Task Force

Upper Klamath Lake
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The task force appointed to examine Klamath Basin water issues is nearly finished with its work.

But the nature of the work does not please the elected county leaders in Klamath and Siskiyou Counties, who want a future for the Klamath Basin to at least consider keeping the four dams targeted for removal. 

Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams explains what led to the parallel move, and what happens now.  

 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 8, 2013
11:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Making Yourself "Disease Proof"

Credit Penguin Books

Don't smoke, eat well, stay active, and maintain a healthy weight. 

Four simple actions can greatly reduce your risk of chronic disease. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 7, 2013
10:30 am
Mon October 7, 2013

A New Tool To Fight Crime: "Shasta's Most Wanted"

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The criminal justice system in California is still trying to find its bearings in the post-"realignment" world.

AB109, the "realignment" law, took some pressure off the overcrowded state prisons by shifting some prisoners convicted of lesser crimes to county jails. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 7, 2013
10:28 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Tuition Equity Law Now In Use At Oregon State Universities

Oregon State University
Credit oregonstate.edu

The terminology has changed a bit, and so have some of the approaches. 

The people once called "illegal aliens" are now generally called "undocumented immigrants," and laws are being written to accommodate the ones who came to the United States as children. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 7, 2013
10:22 am
Mon October 7, 2013

The Teacher Behind The Success of "Drama High"

Credit MichaelSokolove.com

Think of it as "Friday Night Lights" with stage lighting. 

A high school theater in economically depressed Levittown, Pennsylvania cranked out highly polished hits, and careers in theater for some of its participants, under the direction of Lou Volpe. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 4, 2013
11:02 am
Fri October 4, 2013

First Friday In The Arts For October

Camelot Theatre (in Talent) conservatory students perform "Cinderella."
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 you to add to the list, or add details to items you've heard. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 4, 2013
11:01 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Believing What You See: "Eyes to Burma"

Fred Stockwell with refugees.
Credit eyestoburma.org

Former Ashlander Fred Stockwell made his living taking high-quality photographs that dazzled the eyes. 

But he could scarcely believe h is own eyes when he saw refugees living in garbage dumps in Myanmar (Burma). 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 4, 2013
11:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Digging Up Jacksonville's Chinese Memories

Eni Yan cooked for Jacksonville pioneer and community pillar C.C. Beekman
Credit Southern Oregon Historical Society 5868

When the precious metals in the streams around Jacksonville (Oregon) began to play out in the mid-19th century, many of the white miners abandoned the search for riches.

And that just created opportunities for Chinese miners, their friends, and other workers. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 3, 2013
11:07 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Spanning The Globe: Varsity World Film Week

Ashland's Varsity Theatre
Credit Ashlandfilm.org

Voices and views from around the world fill the screen at Ashland's Varsity Theater this week, as the theater and Ashland Independent Film Festival team up for the annual Varsity World Film Week. 

We visit with the festival programmer and the director of The Forgotten Kingdom, a film from Lesotho and South Africa.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 3, 2013
11:06 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Revitalizing Main Street Across Oregon

Downtown Astoria, site of Main Street Annual Conference
Credit Oregon State Historic Preservation Office

Some people see empty buildings in town and see decay and decline. 

And some people see opportunity--for rebirth, renewal, or at least remodeling. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 3, 2013
11:05 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Water, Wings, Survival & More: Biodiversity Conference

Credit Humboldt State University

Subjects ranging from wildfire management to the fate of bats will be on the table at Bio Conf this weekend at Humboldt State University. 

If the nickname doesn't ring a bell, we're talking about Biodiversity Conference 2013, running October 4th through the 6th. 

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12:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

JPR And OPB Join Forces On Media Project

Oregon Public Broadcasting, based in Portland, commissioned a survey on Oregonian attitudes toward the media. OPB presented the findings in Medford on Wednesday, October 2nd on its talk show "Think Out Loud." JPR's Geoffrey Riley joined the panel discussion, and JPR aired the program live on the News and Information Service, Wednesday at Noon. Follow the link to listen to the recording.
Editor's Note: You're invited to join us for this show. We will broadcast from the Higher Education Center in Medford at 12pm. Pre-show reception starts at 11am. Admission is FREE but seating is first come, first served. This show will air live on both OPB Radio and Jefferson Public Radio.
Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2013
12:10 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Working In The Clouds: Crater Lake's Resident Artist

Credit Gifford Photographic Collection

Who would NOT want to work at Crater Lake, high in the mountains, next to the deepest (and bluest) lake in the country? 

John Sollinger gets to the join the small club of people who work at Oregon's only national park. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2013
12:06 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

VENTSday-Federal Shutdown + Health Exchanges Open

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We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2013
12:02 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

A History Of Solar Energy-A LONG History

Credit Pink Sherbet Photography

Don't be too impressed with solar panels on your roof.

Photovoltaic technology may be relatively new in human history, but a lot of lower tech preceded it. 

Civilizations as far back as ancient China found ways to make maximum use of the sun's power in their homes and lives. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:11 am
Tue October 1, 2013

State Prison Culture Comes To The County Jail

California state prison overcrowding, 2006
Credit California DCR

Journalists have the differences between "jail" (shorter-term stays, generally pre-trial) and "prison" (longer stays, post-conviction) hammered into them. 

But California's prison/jail realignment is narrowing the differences between the institutions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:08 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Measuring The Special Session Accomplishments

The Oregon Capitol building at night
Credit M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia

While the federal legislature (Congress) struggled with October 1 deadlines, Oregon's governor chose the prior day to call the state legislature into special session on taxes and public pensions. 

As the session started, the outcome was very much in doubt. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:05 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Traffic-Calming or Driver-Irritating? The "Road Diet" Explored

Two lanes become one in a road diet
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

There are few middle-of-the-road (sorry) opinions about the concept known as "road diet."

This is the process of taking a four-lane road and turning it into a two-lane road with center turn lane and expanded bike lanes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2013
10:37 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Art Robinson And The Widespread Urine Test

Art Robinson in his laboratory
Credit Polk County GOP

Art Robinson's research at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine focuses on the human metabolism, in the hope of finding treatments and cures for diseases.

The institute recently mailed requests for urine samples to every household in Josephine County.

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