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.

Remembering Feminist Writer Tillie Olsen

Sep 23, 2013
University of Nebraska Press

Tillie Olsen is no longer with us, but her work remains fresh and alive.

The writer of short fiction and non-fiction works is described by some people as a feminist author, but that's an oversimplification.  Her work reflects a deep understanding of women and poor people, still relevant today.  Her daughter Kathie Olsen will join us to talk about the recent collection Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works.

Enter The Future: Genetic Testing/Counseling

Sep 21, 2013
Journal of Cellular Biology

While we argue about insurance and payments, medical science continues to advance into the future.

Genetic testing is now available to patients in the Rogue Valley, through a partnership between Oregon Health & Science University and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

David Shankbone

If you're having trouble keeping up with options available to homeowners facing foreclosure, you're not alone.

A number of programs have come and gone, and Oregon (as of August 4th) is now offering face-to-face mediation sessions between homeowners and the entities seeking to foreclose.

Simon and Schuster

Anybody who had not heard of "Schindler's List" got to know the story through the Steven Spielberg film of the same name.

Oskar Schindler saved more than 1200 Jews from Nazi death camps by putting them to work in his factory. 

Coping With Parkinson's Disease

Sep 19, 2013
Parkinson's Resources of Oregon

The recent release of a memoir by singer Linda Ronstadt sheds additional light on Parkinson's disease.

Method To The Madness: "Divine Lunacy"

Sep 19, 2013
David Gabriel & Peter Quince

How best to broach the subject of mental illness?

Attitudereconstruction.com

Keeping a stiff upper lip may be the right remedy for certain situations.

Rogue Valley Green And Solar Tour

Sep 18, 2013
Pink Sherbet Photography

Solar power has been around for decades now, but it's still a mystery to many people.

Rogue Valley Food Projects On The Grow

Sep 18, 2013
Ashland Food Project

Donations to food banks tend to run higher during the holiday season.

Beating Addiction: "Digging Holes in My Soul"

Sep 18, 2013
Dean Scholl

Dean Scholl thought he was just living life to its fullest.

The Kyron Horman Search: His Mother Continues

Sep 17, 2013

    

The Portland area is still riveted by the case of Kyron Horman, the seven-year-old boy who disappeared from his school in June 2010. 

guernicamag.org

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. 

Animals Around Us: "The Urban Bestiary"

Sep 17, 2013
Hachette Book Group

People who live on the edges of cities and in the suburbs are constantly surprised by the activities of the wild animals who live nearby.  And they (the people) are constantly reminded that it is we, the humans, who built houses in the habitats of the wild creatures. 

Oregon Emergency Managers Take Earthquake Trip

Sep 16, 2013
Mark Lincoln

What's in your earthquake kit?

The answer to that question is often "uh, I don't have one yet."  Which is why Oregon's Office of Emergency Management is hosting the Quake Prep Talk Road Show, visiting counties in the southern and southwestern portions of the state--the places most likely to feel the impacts of a major quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Bringing In The Bringers Of New Business

Sep 16, 2013
SOREDI

Communities are always trying to attract news businesses.  But how do they reach out in the first place?  In some cases, it's a one-step-removed process: they reach out to consultants who advise companies on their options for relocation.

Meet The Authors: "How To Age In Place"

Sep 16, 2013
Wikimedia/Garry Knight

Call it a senior center or an "old folks' home," few people want to go there to live out the remaining days of their lives, no matter how comfortable.

Many seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes, a process called aging in place.

Class Time Could Be Strike Time

Sep 13, 2013
SEIU Local 503

A union strike authorization has been delayed a week, but the academic year for Oregon public universities could be a great deal more hectic than usual.

Classified workers--custodians, cooks, clerks and more--for all seven state campuses could be on strike. 

Fire/Smoke Relief For Small Businesses

Sep 13, 2013
PNW #2 IMTeam

The summer fires in Josephine and Douglas counties damaged few structures.

But they put a huge dent in the tourism business, especially during the time the Rogue River was closed to rafting. 

Remembering JFK--And Asking Questions

Sep 13, 2013
IoSotoUnaFotoCamera / flickr.com

50 years.  It's been nearly that long since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

And the Americans who remember November 22, 1963 have many different ways of processing the events of that day.

New Owners For Mail Tribune, Daily Tidings

Sep 12, 2013
Ed Schipul

The days of sharing an owner with Fox News just came to an end for the Mail Tribune of Medford and the Daily Tidings of Ashland.

The branch of News Corporation that owned those and other newspapers was just sold to Fortress Investment Group, which will manage the papers through a subsidiary called GateHouse Media.

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