People

  • 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...

  • Jazz Sunday Host

    Jack Barthell is originally from Minnesota and has lived in the Rogue Valley since 2012.  He moved here after graduating from Knox College where he majored in environmental science and biology.  Jack approached JPR after reading about our...

  • Stories Alive Director / Cast Member

    Jeanne Renaux is an educator and storyteller who is passionate about the power of stories. Jeanne is a literacy and child development specialist with a Masters degree from Southern Oregon University  in Education and a BFA in Acting/Directing...

  • Folk Show Host

    Jeff Westergaard is excited to be back in community radio after 15 years. He had his first folk show over 32 years ago at KZSC in Santa Cruz, as well as daily news reporting and public affairs. Later, he did a music show on KMUD, training high...

  • Journalist

    Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., produces radio features for JPR and is a regular contributor to the Jefferson Journal. She's a former senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative...

  • Earthfix Reporter

    Jes Burns is the Southern Oregon reporter for EarthFix, a public media collaboration covering energy and the environment in the Northwest.  Based in the JPR newsroom, Jes provides stories to stations throughout the Northwest. She previously...

  • Accounting Technician

    Jill Hernandez has worked at JPR since 1999, managing JPR's debits and credits ensuring that income gets posted and bills get paid.  She was drawn to the Rogue Valley for its small town appeal and beauty, and her position at JPR is a perfect...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Jim Long met As It Was editor Kernan Turner when Kernan spoke to the Roseburg writers’ club about contributing to JPR's As Is Was series.  Kernan inspired Jim to look for historically-important stories in the northern part of...

  • Classical Music Host

    Jim McIntosh was born and raised in Scotland, and his involvement with radio began when, as a 22-year-old, he was hired as a news clerk by the BBC in London. The position was short-lived, however, as he married soon afterwards and he and his...

  • Joanne Silberner is a health policy correspondent for National Public Radio. She covers medicine, health reform, and changes in the health care marketplace.

    Silberner has been with NPR since 1992. Prior to that she spent five years...

  • Jefferson Exchange Producer

    John Baxter decided to add to his legendary history at JPR by returning as interim producer of the Jefferson Exchange.  But John's attachment goes back more than three decades.  He worked for many years as the program director at JPR,...

  • Stories Alive Cast Member

    Kathleen Finnegan is a counselor and a musician with the Rogue Valley Wind Ensemble, and the Ashland City Band.  She performs flute with “Finn ‘n Dee, Celtic Harp and Flute duo” and has sung soprano with several groups in the Rogue Valley.

  • As It Was Editor & Coordinator

    Kernan Turner is the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s volunteer editor and coordinator of the As It Was series broadcast daily by Jefferson Public Radio. A University of Oregon journalism graduate, Turner was a reporter for the

  • As It Was Contributor

    Kirsten Shockey lives on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon, where before on-line streaming, JPR Classics and News was the only radio station she and her family could capture. It played from atop the...

  • Jefferson Monthly Contributor

    Lara Vesta is a writer, artist and Celebrant who loves good pens and playing outside.  She teaches classes in self-care, ceremony and storytelling both online and live, and is currently working on her...

  • Retro Lounge Host

    Lars Svendsgaard is a native of lovely Oakland, California, born there "a while back." His youth was misspent, as was so common at the time, but was accompanied by wonderful music.

    Inspired by this, he opened The Retro Lounge...

  • Folk Show Host

    Laurell Reynolds was born and raised in Kansas and has lived in Kauai, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Cottage Grove before resettling in Ashland in 2016. Laurell was a staff member and operations engineer at Santa Fe’s public radio station KSFR,...

  • Reporter/Producer

    Liam Moriarty has been covering news in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. He's reported on a wide range of topics – including politics, the environment, business, social issues and more – for newspapers, magazines, public radio and...

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