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 | July 7, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Ending Old-Growth Logging

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Dominick DellaSalla talks timber and carbon sequestration.

The most contentious portion of the debate over forest management concerns old-growth timber. 

Can the timber industry be healthy without cutting down ancient trees? 

Scientists, including Dominick DellaSala at Ashland's Geos Institute, say yes. 

Geos and other organizations just teamed up on a study showing that old-growth logging could be phased out in Alaska's Tongass National Forest in just six years. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 7-11 , 2014
10:52 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Old Growth, Overpopulation, And Hobby Lobby: July 7-11 On The Exchange

A study focused on ending old growth logging, World Population Day, and reactions to the Hobby Lobby case are among the highlights of the week on the Jefferson Exchange, July 7-11, 2014.

What follows is the list--still a-building--just before the Independence Day weekend.

Guests and segments can change with little notice; we'll add pretty pictures and links the day prior to air.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 4, 2014
10:48 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Blasts From The Past: July 4 on The Exchange

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The Exchange staff declares independence from work on the Fourth of July. 

We'll take the day off, but air a pair of interviews from previous programs. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu July 3, 2014

First Friday Arts (On THURSDAY) For July

Peter Wickliffe and Marci Irene in "Leave It on the Stage" at Thanks For The Memories Theatre
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Peter Wickliffe of Ashland's newest theatre company joins us with other guests.

Ashland gets another community theater group, and Camelot Theatre takes on Les Miserables.

Those are the highlights of this month's First Friday Arts segment. 

And then there's the BIG highlight that needs to be mentioned: since the First Friday this month is the Fourth of July, First Friday moves to the first THURSDAY of the month. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Bracing For The Sparks

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Margueritte Hickman talks about fire station preps for the 4th.

If only the Declaration of Independence had been signed in March. 

Then we'd have fireworks in the part of the year when it's not so hot and dry. 

Alas, we celebrate independence on July 4th. 

Even in towns where consumer fireworks are illegal--like Ashland--firefighters keep a sharp eye out for sparks around the holiday. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 3, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu July 3, 2014

When The Food Is Truly "Done"

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James Peterson tells us how to get foods right.

Your dinner plan was perfect… good foods, a good mix of flavors, and all healthy to boot. 

But then it just didn't turn out right. 

The food was either over- or under-done. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Life And Success At Opportunity Village Eugene

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Rita Arellano and Al Hutt talk about life in the village.

It took longer than its supporters envisioned, but Opportunity Village Eugene finally got off the ground, and has a track record now. 

The village is a place for homeless people to stay while they look for permanent housing. 

It's a constant challenge for Eugene's large homeless population. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed July 2, 2014

VENTSday: Consumer Fireworks + Supreme Court


Listeners vent on SCOTUS and fireworks.

The wisdom of consumer fireworks in a dry region and the recent rulings of the Supreme Court are the topics for 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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Jefferson Exchange | July 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Making Movies In The Rogue Valley

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Gary Lundgren talks movies and how to make them (and make them small).

Who needs Hollywood when you have the Rogue Valley?  Not Gary Lundgren. 

The director of "Calvin Marshall" and "Redwood Highway" and his producer/wife Anne Lundgren enjoy making films in Southern Oregon, and they are using Kickstarter to raise the funds for another movie. 

"Black Road" is envisioned as a thriller set in the future, in the "lawless State of Jefferson." 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 1, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Going Up The Country (Fair)

The Oregon Country Fair in 2005.
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Charles Ruff talks up The Oregon Country Fair.

What a difference a single letter can make.  Take "R" for example. 

Oregon is loaded with county fairs, but add the R in there, and there's only one Oregon COUNTRY Fair. 

And it is coming back to the woods near Veneta for the 45th time, the weekend of July 11th. 

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