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
11:01 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

Dr. David L. Katz explains the approach to making yourself "Disease Proof."

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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Redding Police Chief talks about the genesis and execution of "Shasta's Most Wanted."

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
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A lively discussion of the merits of in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.

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"

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Michael Sokolove talks about the people and the process of "Drama High."

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

Charlotte Duren and Geoffrey Riley visit with listeners on arts events in the coming weeks.

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.
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Fred Stockwell and Kara Lewis explain the workings of "Eyes to Burma."

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
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Chelsea Rose and Larry Smith discuss the history of Jacksonville's Chinese Quarter.

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
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A chat about the films of the festival, including the director of "The Forgotten Kingdom."

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

Statewide and local downtown revitalization officers talk about sprucing up city centers.

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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