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.


Jefferson Exchange | June 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Sorry About That (Or Are They?)

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Ed Battistella advocates for fewer apologies, given more sincerely.

Did you hear the one about the politician who apologized?  Yeah, neither did we. 

Public official apologies are usually along the lines of "I'm sorry if anyone took offense..."  Notice the careful construction. 

Linguist Edwin Battistella of Southern Oregon University certainly noticed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Afghanistan, PTSD, and The Gulf Spill--in Opera

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Tiziana DellaRovere, Ethan Gans-Morse and Bill Ritch visit to discuss their opera.

An opera premiering in Portland in September is meant to be more than just theater with music; it is also meant to heal. 

"The Canticle of the Black Madonna" is a modern story of a soldier struggling with PTSD from the Afghanistan war… in his native Louisiana during the oil spill. 

The opera is the creation of composer Ethan Gans-Morse and librettist Tiziana DellaRovere of the Rogue Valley. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 27, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Looking Hard For People To Hire

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Jessica Nelson talks about mismatches between jobs and workers.

Both employers and potential employees are complaining about the current hiring climate in Oregon. 

The employers want workers and the workers want jobs, but there are mismatches. 

Many employers report difficulty filling jobs, because they require more skills than many of the available workers possess. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 27, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Results of Oregon's Medicaid Expansion

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Katherine Baicker dives into the voluminous data of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment.

Oregon's 2008 Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan) expansion offered a gift to health researchers. 

Since people either got Medicaid coverage or didn't by lottery, large numbers of people--thousands--would be available to test the results of health insurance coverage (or not) on previously uncovered populations. 

Bottom line: the covered people are not a whole lot healthier, but they made more use of health care services and spent less of their own money. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 30-July 4, 2014
1:50 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Teacher Training, First THURSDAY, and "I'm Sorry": The Week on The Exchange

The week that includes the Fourth of July creates some challenges: on one hand, the Exchange crew only has to schedule four days of new material.

On the other hand, our First Friday Arts segment has to move to THURSDAY, so it doesn't fall on the holiday. 

Keep the need to call in with arts events a day early in mind... as you peruse the list of the rest of the week's attractions on The Jefferson Exchange... (pictures and web links sold separately).

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Jefferson Exchange | June 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Californa Marine Sanctuary Expansions Considered

A humpback whale tail in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
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Maria Brown and Dan Howard describe the plans and process for expanding their National Marine Sanctuaries.

Sea creatures and their habitat already enjoy protection in federal marine sanctuaries off the California coast. 

Now those sanctuaries may expand, and people interested in the process can comment... for a few more days ('til June 30th... here).

The proposal would expand both the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 26, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The ABCs of Lightning

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Ryan Sandler and Mike Stavish explain how lightning works.

It's exciting to watch lightning strike, but its effects can be devastating. 

Just witness the flock of wildfires that started in our region late last July. 

Before we get to the heart of lightning season, we're getting warnings about how WE should behave around lightning. 

Because we sure can't do anything about ITS behavior. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 26, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Break-Making For The Brand-New Baker

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Josey Baker talks us through making our first loaves.

Maybe you like the IDEA of baking your own bread, but find the process daunting. 

We may have just the thing for you, a book on baking bread for beginners, Josey Baker Bread

Josey Baker is a former science teacher; with a name like his, he might have been destined to make bread, and he does. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 25, 2014

OR-7 And Friends: Wolf Management Goals

OR-7 before he became a family wolf.
Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

Russ Morgan details the workings of Oregon's wolf program.

Right between Mother's Day and Father's Day, wildlife officials confirmed that Oregon's most famous wolf is a father. 

OR-7, the wandering wolf, found a mate and is rearing pups in the Cascades. 

The news punctuated a busy period for wolves in both of our states. 

California wildlife officials announced endangered species protection for gray wolves... even though none are known to exist in the state. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed June 25, 2014

VENTSday: Sick/Maternity Leave + Highway Funding


Listeners comment on our VENTSday topics.

Some of us may be afraid to take days off from work when we're sick, because we have no paid sick leave. 

And the roads on the way to work may be poth0le-strewn, because of deficiencies in highway funding.  These are the topics of this week's VENTSday segment.

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. 

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