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.


Jefferson Exchange | June 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Opera For Everyone

Zenobia Powell Perry's 1987 opera Tawawa House performed in Modesto, CA.
Credit Wikimedia

Baila Miller and some great arias give us an opera overview.

Have art, will travel.  That's the gist of Baila Miller's work. 

She travels the country giving lectures on the arts--in English and in Yiddish--to audiences, frequently to senior groups. 

And she's back in the region to talk about opera--history, growth and appeal. 

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Community Meeting Monday Evening
4:36 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Bryant Fire Lined; Growth Stalled

A plane drops chemical retardant near the Bryant fire in Klamath County.
Credit Chris Friend/Oregon Dept. of Forestry

A Klamath County wildfire that put up a fight over the weekend is slowly coming under control.

The Bryant Fire started Thursday six miles from the town of Bonanza, and quickly covered hundreds of acres. 

It's been burning in heavy timber owned by Jeld-Wen, the Klamath Falls door-and-window maker. 

Reports early Monday put the fire's size at 1,361 acres.  Firefighters succeeded in getting a line around the fire over the weekend, with full containment expected later in the week.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon June 23, 2014

California Whooping Cough Cases Reach Epidemic

Vaccines had almost eliminated whooping cough as a health issue.
Credit Public Domain

Dr. Kathleen Harriman describes whooping cough and its prevention.

By early June, California already had more cases of pertussis (whooping cough) than in all of last year.

Translation: there's a whooping cough epidemic in California. 

Pertussis is another disease for which there is a vaccination, but the disease has come back from the brink of disappearing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Water Wise Lawns (With $ Attached)

It takes a lot of water to keep a lawn this green.
Credit Wikimedia

Julie Smitherman details the Lawn Replacement Program in Ashland.

It has become nearly impossible to move around the city of Ashland without seeing signs urging people to "Be Water Wise." 

Assuming no midsummer rainstorms ending the drought, water restrictions will ratchet down water use in the weeks ahead. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Lucky Planet (Yes, This One)

Credit Basic Books

David Waltham explains his theories on life in the universe.

Politicians like to talk about "American exceptionalism." 

Let's expand the scope a bit and talk about Earth exceptionalism; that's what British scientist David Waltham writes of in his book Lucky Planet. 

Waltham is both a biologist and a geophysicist, and he says the conditions that produced life on our planet may indeed be rare. 

As in, not likely to be duplicated in our corner of the universe. 

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800 Acres+ Friday Evening
4:48 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Slow Progress On Klamath County Fire

The Bryant Fire burns in Klamath County timber Thursday afternoon.
Credit Kellie Carlsen/Oregon Dept. of Forestry

A wildfire burning in eastern Klamath County is giving firefighters challenges.

The Bryant Fire grew to more than 800 acres Friday, burning on private timberland six miles from the town of Bonanza.

The Oregon Department of Forestry assigned a Type 2 State Fire Team to take over management of the fire, effective at 6 PM Friday.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 23-27, 2014
2:36 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Around The Next Bend: June 23-27 On The JX

Whooping cough, dirty creeks, and drinking your veggies are among highlights on The Exchange for the last full week of June.

The process of booking guests is constant, so think of this as a preliminary plan, subject to change.

Regular web users will see these items again, just dressed up with pictures and hyperlinks...

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Jefferson Exchange | June 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Climb Against The Odds

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Jeanne Rizzo and Dr. Marie-Elizabeth Ramas rave about this year's "Climb Against The Odds."

Defeating cancer requires determined and even heroic efforts from some people. 

But climbing Mount Shasta? 

Maybe there's no direct effect, but the "Climb Against the Odds" event sends women up the mountain to demonstrate resolve against breast cancer. 

And they raise some money for the fight as well. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Southern Oregon "Leveraging Its Edge"


Colleen Johnson explains the "Southern Oregon Edge."

Southern Oregon has an edge over other areas when it comes to economic development. 

More than one, actually. 

What appeals to one business may not be the same as what appeals to another. 

Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc--SOREDI--gathers businesses and their bosses next week to talk about what the Southern Oregon edge is. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 20, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Doctors As Storytellers

Dr. Louise Aronson talks about working from both sides of her brain.

There's a real trend in medicine toward good story-telling. 

A number of medical school programs and practitioners advocate creative writing skills for MDs and other health care workers. 

Because each patient and illness has a story. 

Geriatrician Louise Aronson holds an M.D. and an M.F.A. in writing. 

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