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 child.

Read Chris's blog, "Capitol Currents: Dispatches From Salem."

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Government and Politics
5:43 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Court Turns Down Latest Attempt To Intervene In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

File photo of the James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals Building in San Francisco.
Credit Wikimedia

A federal judge in Oregon this spring cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin when state officials refused to defend the voter-approved ban in court. Now, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has turned down an attempt by the National Organization For Marriage to step in.

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Government and Politics
4:05 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Steady, But Kicker A Possibility

Credit Chris Phan / Flickr

Oregon's economy is humming along at a good clip, according to the latest outlook released Wednesday by state economists.

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Government and Politics
5:47 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Kitzhaber Creates Commission To Study Capitol Statue Squabble

A statue of early pioneer missionary Jason Lee stands in the U.S. Capitol Building ... for now.
Credit Architect of the Capitol

Each state is represented by two statues in the United States Capitol Building. Some Oregon lawmakers have tried repeatedly to replace one of their state's specimens.

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Government and Politics
3:59 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Recall Effort In Southern Oregon City Falls Short

Breeze Botanicals owner Brie Malarkey stands in front of the medical marijuana dispensary at the heart of a recall election in Gold Hill, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

An attempt to remove most of the city council in the southern Oregon city of Gold Hill has fallen short.

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Disasters and Accidents
3:35 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Comic Book Aims To Boost Earthquake Preparedness

Dark Horse Comics produced a 12-page booklet to educate the public about earthquake preparedness.
Credit Dark Horse Comics

Emergency managers in Oregon have a new tool to educate the public about earthquake preparedness. It's a comic book. And it's co-produced by one of the nation's top comic book publishers.

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Government and Politics
7:41 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Marijuana Dispensary Leads To Small Town Political Showdown

Brie Malarkey owns Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The town of Gold Hill, Oregon is in turmoil. Two-thirds of its City Council is the subject of a recall election on Monday.

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Government and Politics
8:29 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Major Parties Oppose Oregon's Top Two Primary Ballot Measure

The Citizens Initiative Review, a group of Oregon voters brought together to consider the pros and cons of a Top Two primary system, have issued their recommendation: They're against it.

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Government and Politics
3:56 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Changes On The Way For 'No Fly List'

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Changes are coming to the federal government's "No Fly List." But it's not clear yet what those changes will be.

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Government and Politics
3:06 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Oregon Pot Legalization Push Kicks Off Ad Campaign

Screen grab from an online ad by Oregon's Yes on 91 campaign.
Credit New Approach Oregon

New Approach Oregon, the campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon, kicked off a multi-million dollar advertising effort Monday.

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Government and Politics
3:36 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Oregon's Citizens' Initiative Review Could Expand To Other States

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Credit Kevin Mooney / Northwest News Network

This week, a group of Oregonians will meet in Salem to figure out where they stand on an upcoming ballot measure. It's called the Citizens' Initiative Review and it's been a part of the Oregon election process since 2010.

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