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.

Alice Hoffman Teaches "Survival Lessons"

Oct 11, 2013
Algonquin Books

"Into each life, a little rain must fall."

A simple statement, but a powerful and true one. 

Oregon Universities And Constant Change

Oct 10, 2013
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The Oregon University System (OUS) is starting to look very different.  On organizational charts, anyway.

Last summer's legislative session produced a law allowing the big three schools, Oregon, Oregon State, and Portland State, to form their own governing boards.

Boosting High Tech Industry With The iGrant

Oct 10, 2013
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You've heard of iPods and iPads and the like. 

Now consider the iGrant, the shortened form of "Inspiration Grant." 

Tragedy At Tunnel 13 Revisited

Oct 10, 2013
History Press West

It can't really be called "the last great train robbery," because it was a failure as a robbery. 

But the DeAutremont brothers (Ray, Roy and Hugh) made history when they stopped a Southern Pacific passenger train in the Siskiyou Mountains and killed four crews members back in 1923. 

Serving Up Healthy Food & Healthy Families

Oct 9, 2013
hanleyfarm.org

There are many ways to help heal families that have shared a trauma. 

The Healthy Food, Healthy Families program of the Medford-based Family Nurturing Center works to heal body and soul at the same time, but teaching struggling families how to grow and cook vegetables. 

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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. 

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A recent series of stories in The Oregonian pointed out that Oregon is falling behind the rest of the states in keep track of its registered sex offenders, in fact is among the worst of states in this category.

We'll explore the existing sex offender registration laws with people who implement them... and with people who think the laws need to be changed.  

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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. 

An Alternative Klamath Water Task Force

Oct 8, 2013
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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.  

 

Making Yourself "Disease Proof"

Oct 8, 2013
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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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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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. 

The Teacher Behind The Success of "Drama High"

Oct 7, 2013
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. 

First Friday In The Arts For October

Oct 4, 2013
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. 

Believing What You See: "Eyes to Burma"

Oct 4, 2013
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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). 

Digging Up Jacksonville's Chinese Memories

Oct 4, 2013
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. 

Spanning The Globe: Varsity World Film Week

Oct 3, 2013
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.

Revitalizing Main Street Across Oregon

Oct 3, 2013
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. 

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. 

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.

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