Veteran broadcaster Geoffrey Riley has been named permanent host of the Jefferson Exchange, Jefferson Public Radio's weekday public affairs program.

Veteran broadcaster Geoffrey Riley has been named permanent host of the Jefferson Exchange, Jefferson Public Radio's weekday public affairs program.

Riley spent the last nine years as an occasional fill-in host on the program, which airs weekdays on JPR's News and Information Service. Riley was selected in a competitive process by a search committee formed to evaluate candidates for the position.

Riley comes to JPR after 24 years at KDRV-TV, where he took on a variety of news and production assignments. He anchored some of the KDRV's first newscasts back in 1985. Riley begins his new role at JPR on Thursday.

The Jefferson Exchange airs live from 8 to 10 a.m. weekday mornings on the nine stations of the JPR News and Information Service (1230 AM in Medford/Ashland), with a recorded re-broadcast from 8 to 10 p.m. The program features interviews with newsmakers from across Southern Oregon and Northern California, which the radio station calls "the mythical state of Jefferson."

Riley replaces Keith Henty, who resigned to pursue new career directions, according to a JPR press release.

— Staff reports