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."


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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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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Government and Politics
3:28 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Oregon Ethics Commission Is Looking Into Governor, First Lady

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission meets in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon's Ethics Commission is officially looking into actions taken by Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

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Government and Politics
5:49 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Oregon Ethics Panel To Discuss First Lady's Actions

File photo of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes in December 2013.
Credit Michael Clapp / OPB

Some of the issues that nagged Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in the closing weeks of his re-election campaign have yet to be resolved.

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Government and Politics
4:05 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Oregon Governor Still Wary Of Marijuana Legalization

Credit Katherine Hitt / Flickr

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber said he's concerned about how the state will implement the voter-approved marijuana legalization initiative.

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