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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Energy
2:17 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

LNG Foes To Take Message To Oregon Capitol

File photo of an LNG terminal in Nynashamn, Sweden. Two liquefied natural gas export terminals have been proposed on the Oregon Coast.
Jan Arrhenborg Wikimedia

Opponents of two liquefied natural gas export terminals proposed for Oregon will take their message to the state capitol Tuesday.

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Government and Politics
5:01 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

GOP Says 'I Told You So' After Oregon Democrats Introduce Kicker Bill

Shaundd Wikimedia

Democratic Representative Tobias Read introduced a bill Thursday that would divert a potential kicker tax rebate.

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Transportation
3:37 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

Oregon Prepares To Roll Out Voluntary Pay-By-The-Mile Tax

File photo. As cars get better gas mileage, Oregon will experiment with a pay-by-the-mile tax.
Portland Development Commission

Oregon is looking for volunteers for a new pay-by-the-mile tax.

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Government and Politics
4:29 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Measure To Create Impeachment Process Advances In Oregon Legislature

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Oregon would no longer be the only state without an impeachment process if some state lawmakers get their way.

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Health and Medicine
3:49 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers To Consider Allowing Birth Control Without Doctor's Prescription

A proposal in the Oregon House would allow would let pharmacists dispense oral contraceptives and contraceptive patches without prior approval by a doctor.
Daniela Alejandra Robles Wikimedia

Oregon lawmakers will consider a proposal that would allow women to get oral contraceptives and contraceptive patches without a doctor's prescription.

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Government and Politics
5:38 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Oregon Could Join National Popular Vote Movement

Matt Howry Flickr

Oregon could join a national movement to change the way the president is elected.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
5:58 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Measure Would Require Boost In Pay For Some Disabled Workers

Workers with All Seasons Grounds Care at the City of McMinnville Water Reclamation Facility.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

As Northwest states debate whether to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 per hour, some adults with developmental disabilities continue to be paid as little as 25 cents per hour.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
2:31 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Oregon Revenue Forecast Shows Upswing

Several college students were arrested after blocking a hallway in the Oregon capitol. They were protesting a possible kicker tax rebate.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon economists told lawmakers Thursday that a robust economy means they'll have more money to spend on schools, human services and public safety.

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Government and Politics
4:52 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Oregon Senate Creates Its Own Pot Committee After Joint Panel Falters

Shaundd Wikimedia

The future of marijuana policy in the Oregon legislature is still unclear.

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Government and Politics
5:11 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Marijuana Committee Has Little To Show For Its Efforts

File photo of a marijuana grow in Colorado. Recreational marijuana is set to become legal in Oregon starting July 1.
Public domain

A special legislative committee meant to help pave the way for legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon has hit some road bumps.

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