Chris Lehman

Salem Correspondent

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.

Chris is a native of rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was born in the upstairs bedroom of his grandmother's house, and grew up in a 230-year-old log cabin in the woods. Chris traces his interest in journalism to his childhood, when his parents threatened to take away his newspaper if he didn’t do his chores.

In addition to working full time in public radio for the past decade, Chris has also reported from overseas on a freelance basis. He's filed stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda. He lives in Salem with his wife and children.

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The end of the year is a time that many charities look to donors for year-end giving. It’s also when the Oregon Department of Justice wants to hike an annual fee that nonprofits pay to the agency.

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Three Northwesterners were among those honored at the White House Tuesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. / U.S. State Department

Some Oregon and Washington lawmakers have called for at least a temporary halt to refugee resettlement. They want the federal government to beef up its screening process. But White House officials said in a conference call with reporters Monday that the process is already rigorous.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s chief of staff has resigned. Brown issued a press release Friday announcing the immediate resignation of Brian Shipley.

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Newly released emails are shedding some light on John Kitzhaber's final days as Oregon governor. They're included in a batch of 15,000 emails released Thursday by current governor Kate Brown in response to public records requests.

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"Racial profiling is real and we must eliminate it in Oregon."

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says that’s the take-away in the wake of revelations that an Oregon Department of Justice employee targeted people who posted about the Black Lives Matter movement on social media.

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Oregon should create an anonymous statewide tip line and a database of school floor plans. Those are some of the recommendations in a report released Wednesday by a task force on school safety.

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State agencies in Oregon struggle to fulfill complex requests for public information. That's one conclusion of an audit released Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office.


A group that's lobbying for expanded health coverage said the number of uninsured Oregonians may be higher than previously thought.

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Religious leaders gathered at the Oregon capitol Monday to urge lawmakers to increase the state's minimum wage. It came as activists are gathering signatures to try to force a statewide vote next year.