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.

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Transportation
5:46 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

ODOT Says Use Of Studded Tires Has Dropped Dramatically

The Oregon Department of Transportation says tires with metal studs cause millions of dollars in damage to highways each year.
Credit Kantor.JH / Wikimedia

A perennial bill in the Oregon legislature is banning studded tires. Or taxing them because they chew up the roads.

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International Affairs
9:49 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Northwest Exporters Eye New Opportunities In Cuba

File photo of The Cuban Capitol in Havana.
Nigel Pacquette Wikimedia

Northwest farmers and orchardists are among the potential beneficiaries if the U.S. and Cuba normalize their relationship and the trade embargo ends.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:12 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Federal Court Turns Down Oregon's Attempt To Sue For-Profit College

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the State of Oregon in a lawsuit against the company that operates the University of Phoenix.

Oregon has failed in its attempt to recover millions from a bad investment in a for-profit university.

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Government and Politics
5:07 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Oregon Hires Top Marijuana Regulator

Katherine Hitt Flickr

Oregon is gearing up for a year-long process of crafting regulations for recreational marijuana.

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Government and Politics
5:11 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Oregon Could Soon Have Third Major Political Party

The Independent Party is on the cusp of becoming Oregon’s third major political party.

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Government and Politics
11:38 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Supporters Of Oregon Food Labeling Measure Concede Defeat

File photo of Elections workers in Salem hand-counting Marion County ballots.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Supporters of a food labeling measure in Oregon have conceded defeat, more than one month after the election.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:46 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Amid State Capitol Holiday Festivities, Demonstrators Protest Police Shootings

Amy Wojcicki, a spokeswoman for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, reads a statement from the governor.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Political protest mixed with holiday festivities in Salem Wednesday.

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Environment and Planning
4:35 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Oregon Land Board Ponders Future Of Elliott Forest

The Elliott State Forest is in southwest Oregon.
Francis Eatherington Flickr

A large state-owned forest in Oregon might end up in new hands.

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Government and Politics
5:06 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Amid Recount, Measure 92 Supporters File Suit To Halt Certification Of Vote

Yes on 92 campaign manager Paige Richardson speaks at a Portland press conference announcing the lawsuit.
KATU screengrab

Supporters of a food labeling measure in Oregon are seeking a court order to block the certification of the election results.

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Government and Politics
7:35 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Oregon Capitol Renovation Would Include Seismic Upgrades

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol building in Salem
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Oregon's state capitol building could soon undergo a massive renovation. It's a project so big, lawmakers would have to use a temporary capitol for more than three years.

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