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
5:03 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Oregon Cities Seek Clarity On Marijuana Taxes

City leaders in Fairview, Oregon passed a 40 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Dozens of Oregon cities rushed to approve taxes on recreational marijuana before Oregon voters legalized it this fall. But it's not clear whether those revenues will ever materialize since Measure 91 seemingly rules out local taxes on pot.

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Crime, Law and Justice
3:41 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Northwesterners Protest Ferguson Decision

A rally was held in Salem to protest the grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown case.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

People in several Northwest cities raised their voices in protest Tuesday over a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson, Missouri, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown an unarmed black 18-year-old.

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Government and Politics
5:49 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Oregon Food Labeling Measure Headed For Likely Recount

Oregon's Measure 92 appears headed for a recount.
Lindsay Eyink

The most expensive initiative in Oregon history appears headed for a recount.

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Crime, Law and Justice
4:36 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Oregon, Oracle Tangle In Federal Court

Oracle was the chief technology firm on the failed Cover Oregon website.
Cover Oregon

A federal court judge in Portland said Friday that for now, Oracle can’t have its way and keep its suit against the state of Oregon in federal court.

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Government and Politics
5:08 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Oregon's Food Labeling Measure Appears Headed For Recount

A ballot measure in Oregon that would require labels on genetically engineered foods could be heading for a recount.
Lindsay Eyink

It appears Oregon is headed for its first statewide ballot measure recount in more than six years.

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Government and Politics
4:59 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Could Make Changes To Pot Measure

A new law to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon takes effect next year.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

A new law to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon doesn't begin to take effect until next year. That means state lawmakers have the chance to tweak the measure before it kicks in.

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Energy
4:53 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline: Northwest Senators Vote Along Party Lines

File photo from 2009 of a 30-inch pipe for the Keystone Pipeline near Swanton, Nebraska.
Credit Shannon Ramos / Flickr

Northwest lawmakers voted along party lines as the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to reject a plan to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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Government and Politics
4:41 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Oregon's Measure 92 Supporters Still Haven't Conceded

Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods sold in Oregon.
Credit dmmd303 / Flickr

Oregon’s Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Expanding Oregon Economy Could Trigger 'Kicker'

Oregon State Capitol in Salem.
Credit Wikimedia

An improving Oregon economy could trigger the state's first personal income tax kicker since 2007.

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Government and Politics
5:24 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

'Astounding' Number Of Write-Ins In One Oregon County

There was no candidate on the ballot in a race for a position on the Soil and Water Conservation District in Marion County, Oregon, this month. So nearly 8,000 names received write-in votes.

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