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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Crime, Law and Justice
5:03 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Judge Proposes Oregon Baker Pay $135,000 In Discrimination Case

An Oregon judge has awarded a same-sex couple $135,000 after a bakery refused to make a cake for their wedding. The bakery has since closed its storefront but is still in business online.

An Oregon judge has proposed awarding a same-sex couple $135,000 in damages after a bakery refused to make a cake for their wedding.

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Government and Politics
5:35 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Supporters, Opponents Pack Oregon Gun Bill Hearing

A measure in the Oregon legislature would require criminal background checks on most private gun sales.
Ben Alman Flickr

Supporters and opponents of a measure that would require criminal background checks on private gun sales testified at the Oregon Capitol Wednesday.

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Government and Politics
5:39 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Oregon Voters Could Consider Caps On Campaign Contributions

Oregon Governor Kate Brown addresses the Senate Rules Committee as they consider campaign finance reform legislation.
Office of the Governor

State lawmakers are considering a measure that would ask voters in 2016 to approve limits on a campaign contributions.

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Government and Politics
3:55 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Use 'Lateral Pass' To Beat Bill Deadline

Edmund Garman Flickr

Oregon lawmakers are rushing to beat a Tuesday deadline for legislation to advance. But there's an old saying around the state capitol: No bill is truly dead until the final gavel falls.

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Transportation
5:13 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Oregon Governor Urges Action On Transportation Funding

Oregon Governor Kate Brown delivers her State of the State address at Portland City Club.
Allison Frost

Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants to drive the issue of how to unclog traffic and fix decaying bridges back into the fast lane.

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Government and Politics
4:10 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Oregon Governor Supports Higher Minimum Wage

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said Friday that she supports a higher state minimum wage.
Office of the Governor

The debate over whether to raise Oregon's minimum wage could be headed to the ballot.

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Government and Politics
5:16 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Oregon Governor To Deliver State Of The State Address

Oregon Governor Kate Brown will deliver the State of the State address Friday.
Office of the Governor

Oregon Governor Kate Brown is set to deliver a State of the State address at Portland City Club Friday.

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Disasters and Accidents
4:50 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Oregon Renews Wildfire Insurance Policy

2015 is expected to be a challenging summer for fighting wildfires.
InciWeb

As Northwest states brace for what's expected to be a challenging summer for fighting wildfires, Oregon has decided to renew its wildfire insurance policy.

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Crime, Law and Justice
4:08 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Oregon House Votes To Extend Statute Of Limitations For Rape

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

A measure moving through the state legislature would give rape victims in Oregon more time to come forward to report an attack.

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Government and Politics
4:27 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Oregon Senate Approves Background Check Measure

Augustas Didzgalvis Wikimedia

People who buy guns from private sellers in Oregon would have to clear a background check under a bill moving through the legislature.

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