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
2:47 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Richardson Asks For Federal Investigation Of Kitzhaber

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson
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The Republican running for governor in Oregon has asked for a federal criminal investigation into his opponent.

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Government and Politics
4:53 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Big Bucks Pour In For Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns

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Oregon’s ballot measure campaigns are continuing to pull in big-money donations.

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Government and Politics
8:24 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Richardson, Kitzhaber Clash In Final Debate

Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson faced off in their final debate in Medford Monday.
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Some Oregon voters have already cast their ballot, but the leading candidates for governor managed to squeeze in one last debate Monday night. 



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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
3:12 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Money Battle In Oregon Food Labeling Measure Mirrors Washington

File photo of signs marking a field of genetically modified corn
Credit Lindsay Eyink

Oregon's Measure 92 appears to be the most expensive ballot measure campaign in the state's history.

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Government and Politics
5:17 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Richardson Defends Votes He Made In Favor Of Kitzhaber Priorities

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson
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Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson is defending votes he made in the legislature in favor of his opponent's political priorities. 

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Government and Politics
7:52 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Kitzhaber, Richardson Again Clash Over Role Of First Lady

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The behavior of Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes provoked the sharpest exchanges during a gubernatorial debate in Portland Tuesday night on television station KGW.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:17 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Oregon Supreme Court Hears Public Pension Arguments

Greg Hartman, lead attorney for the PERS coalition of public employees, delivers oral arguments before the Oregon Supreme Court in Salem. Pool photo.
Credit Thomas Patterson / Statesman Journal

Oregon's highest court is pondering the fate of cuts to the state's public pension system. Justices heard arguments Tuesday from attorneys for retired public workers and for the state.

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Government and Politics
3:24 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Oregon High Court To Hear Arguments On Pension Cuts

File photo of the Oregon Supreme Court Building in Salem.
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The Oregon Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that pits public employee unions against state government over cuts to Oregon's public pension system.

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Government and Politics
3:25 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Kitzhaber, Richardson Clash Over Role Of First Lady

John Kitzhaber and Dennis Richardson shared the stage at the Portland City Club.
Credit John Rosman / OPB

Oregon Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson clashed Friday over the role of the state's first lady during a debate at Portland City Club.

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Government and Politics
7:47 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Oregon's First Lady Admits 'Illegal Act'

File photo of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes in December 2013.
Credit Michael Clapp / OPB

Oregon's first lady said she committed a federal crime 17 years ago. Cylvia Hayes told reporters Thursday that she married a man for the sole purpose of helping him get a Green Card.

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