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 16, 2013
10:46 am
Wed October 16, 2013

I Heard It Through The (Jefferson) Grapevine: Mentoring Entrepreneurs

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Alex Pawlowski and John Lamy explain how Jefferson Grapevine works.

Quick, what's the first thing any business needs to get started?

Money is bound to be the number one answer, but supporters and mentors would not be far behind. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2013
10:40 am
Wed October 16, 2013

VENTSday-Arming Teachers + GMO Regulations-State or Local?

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Listeners weigh in on armed teachers and GMO regulation.

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 | October 16, 2013
10:37 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Meet Juan Felipe Herrera, California's Poet Laureate

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Life and art: same thing? Juan Felipe Herrera visits.

Both of our states can boast of official Poet Laureates, and today we meet with California's. 

Juan Felipe Herrera is a prolific poet, a professor at the University of California-Riverside, and the winner of several awards for his work. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 15, 2013
11:11 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Suing The Feds Over Wood Smoke Regulation

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Air quality expert Merlyn Hough discusses wood smoke and the lawsuit against the EPA.

Too much wood smoke is bad for you. 

That's well established by research, and so the federal Environmental Protection Agency regulates the particulate matter that makes up wood smoke. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 15, 2013
10:39 am
Tue October 15, 2013

When Letting The Forest Burn Is The Best Option

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Kerry Metlen talks about fires and how they help forests.

Fire helped create the forests of our region, but we've spent more than a century working very hard to stop fires from either starting or spreading. 

That has changed in recent years, but it's not an overnight process. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 15, 2013
10:37 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Still Awaiting Congressional Attention: Immigration Reform

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Immigration reform proponents discuss their strategies.

The continuing deadlock in Congress leaves plenty of work unfinished. 

Federal government shutdown and debt ceiling aside, there are still important pieces of legislation languishing--immigration reform among them. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 14, 2013
10:50 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Fighting Hunger At Both Ends Of The Age Spectrum

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Hunger fighters describe finding and fighting hunger in seniors.

Many of society's efforts to fight hunger focus on children, to ensure they grow up healthy. 

There are specific programs to provide nutrition to children of needy families, but many older adults could also use assistance in keeping hunger at bay. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 14, 2013
10:45 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Eagle Point Schools Ask Parents About Arming Teachers

Eagle Point, with the high school in the upper center.
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Allen Barber describes the work of the Weapons Safety Committee in Eagle Point Schools.

Just about every school district in the country had a conversation about school safety after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last winter. 

Many upgraded their security procedures. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 14, 2013
10:40 am
Mon October 14, 2013

"The Empress Has No Clothes:" Understanding Imposter Syndrome

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Joyce Roche' explains Impostor Syndrome.

Even people who enjoy great success at work and in other facets of life can feel a few doubts about themselves. 

When the doubts become greater in number and magnitude, the doubter may be experiencing "imposter syndrome," a feeling that success was obtained fraudulently.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 11, 2013
10:22 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Who Will Pay More To Heat Their Homes This Winter

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Chris McGill of the American Gas Association talks prices and process.

Short answer: Most of us.  Gas and electricity both cost more this year, and winter could be colder.

The real arrival of winter is weeks away, but most of us have already entered the heating season. 

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