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
6:08 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Marijuana Consultants Office Advice To Potential Pot Dealers

File photo of James Lucas of Tacoma Cross, a medical marijuana dispensary
Brianna Butterfield Northwest News Network

The Northwest’s budding marijuana industry means opportunity for pot consultants.

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Government and Politics
5:56 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Case Hits Federal Court This Week

Chantal Andrea

Attorneys for a group that wants to overturn Oregon's law barring same-sex marriage will make their case to a federal judge in Eugene Wednesday.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:03 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Does Legalized Marijuana Put Washington Drivers At Risk Out Of State?

File photo. At least two Washington drivers say they were pulled over in Idaho on suspicion of using marijuana.
Ildar Sagdejev Wikimedia

Some drivers from Washington and Colorado say they're being targeted by police when they cross into Idaho.

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Transportation
4:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Oregon, Washington Consider Alternative To Amtrak For Cascades Rail Service

The Amtrak logo could be gone from Cascades corridor trains in the future.
WSDOT Flickr

Oregon and Washington might turn to a private company to operate its Cascades rail service.

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Disasters and Accidents
5:27 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mudslide Insurance Rare, Expensive

Staff Sgt. Michael Cohan from the 141st Civil Engineer Squadron displays a tattered American flag pulled a pile of debris from the Oso landslide.
Air Force Msgt. Kevin Borden Washington National Guard

Homeowners in the path of the Oso mudslide in Snohomish County aren’t likely to see an insurance payout.

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Disasters and Accidents
2:47 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

President Obama To Visit Oso Landslide Site

File photo of cleanup at the site of the Oso landslide site on April 3, 2014.
Washington National Guard

President Barack Obama is expected to visit the site of the deadly landslide in Snohomish County, Wash., later this month.

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Government and Politics
3:51 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Kitzhaber Off To Big Fundraising Lead In Oregon Governor's Race

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber (L) has built a sizeable fundraising lead over his likely Republican challenger Dennis Richardson.
Campaign photos

The troubled roll-out of Oregon's health insurance exchange isn't hurting the state's governor when it comes to political fundraising.

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Transportation
5:11 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input

File photo of a megaload parked along Idaho’s Highway 12.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon.

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Disasters and Accidents
2:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Landslide Insurance Costly -- And Few Have It

Washington Air National Guard members from the 141 Civil Engineer Squadron look out at the hill that was the origin of the mudslide while searching the debris field.
Army Staff Sgt. Rory Featherston WA ANG Washington National Guard

Washington Governor Jay Inslee Monday filed a formal request for a federal disaster declaration.

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Disasters and Accidents
8:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

One Week Later, Prayers For Landslide Victims And Stories Of Survival

Isaac Hall (center) was one of the first on the scene after the devastating March 22nd landslide near Oso, Wash.
Kara McDermott

The death roll has risen to 21 following the massive landslide near Oso, Washington. But the number of missing has been lowered dramatically -- to 30.

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