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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Government and Politics
5:09 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Oregon Democrats Move Quickly On Top Priorities

This photo was taken by Senator Sara Gelser in the moments after the final passage of HB 2177.

Legislative Democrats in Oregon are keeping their promise to quickly use their larger majorities to their advantage.

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Government and Politics
3:00 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

In Oregon, Getting A Drivers License Could Soon Mean You're Registered To Vote

Neighborhood Centers Flickr

The number of registered voters in Oregon could soon increase dramatically.

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Environment and Planning
5:43 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Send Low Carbon Fuel Standard Bill To Governor

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Oregon lawmakers Wednesday approved a measure aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

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Transportation
5:10 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Northwest Lawmakers Mull Higher Speed Limits

File photo. Drivers can legally top out at 80 mph on some sections of interstate highway in Idaho.
Wikimedia

Some Northwest lawmakers want you to be able to drive faster. Bills in both Oregon and Washington would increase the speed limit on some sections of highway.

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Government and Politics
4:24 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Oregon House Approves Ban On Selling E-Cigarettes To Kids

Oregon lawmakers voted to ban the sales of e-cigarettes to kids.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Oregon is one of a handful of states that doesn't restrict the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The Oregon House voted Monday to change that.

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Education and Training
4:01 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Begin Education Funding Debate

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Oregon lawmakers are set to open debate on the biggest chunk of the state budget.

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Health and Medicine
3:35 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Vote To Dissolve Health Insurance Exchange

Cover Oregon, the state's health exchange, could seen be dismantled.
Cover Oregon

Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange is one step closer to being dismantled.

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Government and Politics
3:19 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

U.S. Attorney Asks Oregon To Pause Investigation Of Kitzhaber

Federal investigators have requested that Oregon delay it's own investigation of former Governor John Kitzhaber
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

The state probe into ethics allegations against former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is being halted, at least for now.

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Government and Politics
10:08 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Oregon Capitol Awaits Signals From New Governor

Oregon Governor Kate Brown delivers her inaugural address on February 18, 2015.
Alan Sylvestre

Kate Brown became Governor of Oregon without the messy business of running a campaign.

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Government and Politics
4:01 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Oregon Governor Says Past Votes Don't Bind Her Future Policy Decisions

Prior to becoming Oregon's governor, Kate Brown was elected as Oregon's secretary of state in 2008 and served in the state legislature for 17 years.
Office of the Governor

Oregon's new governor Kate Brown said Thursday that votes she took as a state lawmaker aren't necessarily a sign of where she stands on present-day issues.

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