Geoffrey Riley

News Director | Jefferson Exchange Host

Geoffrey Riley began practicing journalism in the State of Jefferson more than 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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Southern Oregonians got a dose of fresh air over the weekend from an increase in wind speeds.  But the same winds that cleared wildfire smoke increased wildfire activity.

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The federal government says marijuana is just plain illegal.  The state says it's legal for medical and recreational use. 

That's one level of complication... now what about at the local government level? 

Jackson County Administrator Danny Jordan says the phone rings a lot at county offices, with people asking questions about what is and is not legal in the growing of cannabis. 

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When you think about all the processes that go on in our cars and trucks, it's something of a miracle that they work as well as they do.  There's a lot that can go wrong. 

And Zach Edwards makes a living from setting those things right again.  Zach is the owner of Ashland Automotive and a monthly visitor to The Exchange for our car-care segment, The Squeaky Wheel. 

What's squeaking or chattering or rubbing or grinding on your vehicle?

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Audrey Murray is a writer and comedian with a bit of an obsession with Russia.  Not in a mess-with-elections kind of way, mind you. 

But she did spend some time exploring the former republics of the Soviet Union, and got way more adventure than she bargained for. 

Audrey tells the story in her book Open Mic Night in Moscow

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The Klondike Fire burning in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest west of Selma is getting too close for the comfort of firefighters and law enforcement.

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A procession of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles filed through the streets of Redding Thursday, accompanying the body of a firefighter who died in the Carr Fire.

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It's been a bumpy few weeks for the arts world.  Wildfire smoke has forced cancellations of outdoor plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and forced the Britt Orchestra indoors. 

But there's a lot of summer left, and a lot of great arts events planned for stages and galleries across this wide region. 

We get a list of the events in our monthly First Friday Arts segment.  You can listen and make plans, or you can call with details of an arts event near you... just call 800-838-3760 during the live airing of the show, Friday between 8 and 8:30 AM. 

A major big-city newspaper (New York Daily News) lays off half of its editorial staff. 

Its former owner runs into fresh interference at the FCC in an attempt to create a mega-group of television stations. 

And people keep tweeting... lots and lots of tweets.  Just another month in the media in 2018, a month we cover with our friends from the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University

Precious Yamaguchi and Andrew Gay discuss media in a broad range, from books to digital media. 

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The future may or may not look like the "Terminator" movies, but our machines are certainly making inroads. 

We've had drones stop responding to commands, and had stock-trading computers trigger sudden drops in the markets. 

And even non-electronic technologies can act up, as ethicist Wendell Wallach points out in his book A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control.

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Southern Oregon's largest active wildfire grew to nearly 30,000 acres Wednesday, but fire crews have kept it from crossing the Rogue River, and from joining another fire.

Indian Country Today went dormant for a while. 

The online source of news about Native Americans and by Native Americans had to figure out a way to become and stay financially viable, like many a news organization in the 2010s. 

ICT got back in the game earlier this year with the naming of a new editor and associate editor. 

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A guy connected to Lego must know something about creativity. 

And that is indeed the case for Ronald Beghetto.  One of his many hats is serving as a creativity advisor for the Lego Foundation. 

But Dr. Beghetto wears many others in studying and working to inspire creativity, especially in education.  He is one of the speakers at the Creativity Conference at Southern Oregon University August 3-6. 

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The name "Grateful Dead" got ironic indeed after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia. 

The remaining "core four" of the band could not decide on an appropriate legacy for the band or its most famous, and now missing, member.  And it took 20 years for an agreement to emerge, and the "Fare Thee Well" tour was the result. 

The tour gave a title to Joel Selvin's book, Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip

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Josh Gross has a passion for music. 

Safe to say that Josh loves music in many forms, and he gets to demonstrate it by making his own AND by covering the music of others in his writing. 

We plug Josh into the Exchange once a month in a segment we call Rogue Sounds. 

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At times during this and any fire season, it can seem like every single person who works for the Oregon Department of Forestry is out fighting fires.  But somebody has to stay in the offices. 

Count Pete Parsons among them.  He is an ODF meteorologist, keeping track of the weather now and in the future. 

One of his duties is to prepare a seasonal climate forecast, and he just delivered one a matter of days ago.  So we have many questions, including just what we can expect for the rest of the summer and the early fall. 

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By now women have performed most of the jobs on the planet, so there are few surprises. 

But it was a first when Martha L. Walters took office as Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court

She is the first woman to occupy the position. 

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Even people who understand the stock market and a few things about finance can get overwhelmed by the wealth of information about money. 

Chad Gordon aims to keep people merely whelmed, with a grasp of what they need to know to keep some sense of order to their finances. 

Chad is an investment advisor who channelled what he knows and what he learned into a very accessible book, Wealth by Virtue

Maybe you're pining for fall already, and a break from heat and smoke. 

But we've got long, warm days and maybe even a little time off from work.  That's the reason summer is so conducive to a little extra reading.  Or a lot, if we're lucky. 

Our Summer Reads segment is back for a second summer, visiting with local and locally-owned bookstores to get ideas for good summertime reads. 

Northtown Books in Arcata is the latest independent book store to check in with some items for your reading consideration. 

You can't have a forest fire without an argument about what contributed to the severity of the fire.  Now researchers from the forestry departments at Humboldt State and Oregon State Universities weigh in with research on differences between public and private land. 

In general, the work found that the fire severity is greater on private lands with younger trees, most of the same type. 

Conversely, the fire severity was less on adjacent public lands with greater variety of tree species and age. 

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Creativity is admired and sought-after, if not always appreciated. 

But what does it take to be creative, what makes one person creative and another person less so?  These topics and more will be explored at the first-ever Creativity Conference held at Southern Oregon University, August 3rd through 6th. 

Daniel Deneui, a psychology professor at SOU, is the organizer. 

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