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 2, 2013
12:02 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

A History Of Solar Energy-A LONG History

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Author John Perlin talks about the long history of solar power.

Don't be too impressed with solar panels on your roof.

Photovoltaic technology may be relatively new in human history, but a lot of lower tech preceded it. 

Civilizations as far back as ancient China found ways to make maximum use of the sun's power in their homes and lives. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:11 am
Tue October 1, 2013

State Prison Culture Comes To The County Jail

California state prison overcrowding, 2006
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Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko describes the changes in his jail since California's "realignment."

Journalists have the differences between "jail" (shorter-term stays, generally pre-trial) and "prison" (longer stays, post-conviction) hammered into them. 

But California's prison/jail realignment is narrowing the differences between the institutions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:08 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Measuring The Special Session Accomplishments

The Oregon Capitol building at night
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Capitol correspondent Chris Lehman gives the details of the first hours of Oregon's special session.

While the federal legislature (Congress) struggled with October 1 deadlines, Oregon's governor chose the prior day to call the state legislature into special session on taxes and public pensions. 

As the session started, the outcome was very much in doubt. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:05 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Traffic-Calming or Driver-Irritating? The "Road Diet" Explored

Two lanes become one in a road diet
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Mike Faught, Kim Parducci, and listeners discuss the "road diet" concept.

There are few middle-of-the-road (sorry) opinions about the concept known as "road diet."

This is the process of taking a four-lane road and turning it into a two-lane road with center turn lane and expanded bike lanes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2013
10:37 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Art Robinson And The Widespread Urine Test

Art Robinson in his laboratory
Credit Polk County GOP

Art Robinson talks about why he requested urine samples from Josephine County residents.

Art Robinson's research at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine focuses on the human metabolism, in the hope of finding treatments and cures for diseases.

The institute recently mailed requests for urine samples to every household in Josephine County.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2013
10:30 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Wild And Scenic vs. Straighter and Faster: Smith River & Highways

U.S. Highway 199 on the Smith River in Del Norte County
Credit Graham Hughes/Wild California

EPIC Executive Director Gary Hughes explains opposition to the widening of highways in the Smith River canyon.

The California Department of Transportation--CalTrans--plans to widen portions of highways 197 and 199 in the Smith River Canyon in Del Norte County.

And them's fighting words for environmental groups, which are challenging the widening projects for their potential impacts on the Smith, one of the country's wild and scenic rivers.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
3:37 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Farm To School & "The Siskiyou Challenge"

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Chip Lindsey of ScienceWorks and David Tourzan of Rogue Valley Farm To School talk about their respective missions and The Siskiyou Challenge fundraiser.

School kids are learning more about where their food comes from through the Rogue Valley Farm to School program. 

And since neither farmers nor schools have a lot of spare money on hand, RVF2S has to find ways to support itself. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
3:26 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Boosting The U. of California: "Promise For Education"

University of California, Berkeley.
Credit U of California

Jason Simon of the University of California explains the "Promise For Education" campaign.

You've heard plenty about the challenges in public higher education: nearly universal reductions in state support, resulting in fewer programs and higher tuition. 

The University of California and its supporters just fired up a campaign called "Promise For Education," designed to raise money through social media and the concept of crowdsourcing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
2:56 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Special Session Ahead: Tinkering (or not) With Oregon PERS

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Sue Levin of Stand for Children Oregon and State Rep. Peter Buckley explain history and repairs to PERS.

The Oregon Legislature adjourned last summer, and in the minds of some observers, left some work on the table. 

So Governor Kitzhaber called legislators back to work, hoping they'll use Monday's special session to pass reform in the public employee retirement system (PERS) and a package of new taxes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2013
11:59 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Eugene City Council To Allow Small Homeless Camps

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Eugene City Councilor Claire Syrett explains the city's approach to camps for homeless.

The Eugene City Council voted this week to pass an ordinance allowing small camps for the homeless.

The ordinance would give the council the authority to create multiple volunteer-run camps for up to 15 people… if a tryout with a first camp goes well. 

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