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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Transportation
4:52 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Oregon Lawmaker To Bring Back Driverless Car Bill

File photo of a Google driverless car operating on a testing path.
Steve Jurvetson Flickr

One of the big draws at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week is the rapidly advancing technology surrounding driverless cars.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
4:02 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Oregon Governor Urges Business Leaders To Remember Those Left Behind

Gov. John Kitzhaber
Office of the Governor

At a business summit in Portland Tuesday, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber urged business executives not to forget about those left behind in the state's economic recovery.

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Government and Politics
5:50 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Kitzhaber Prepares His Fourth Inauguration Speech

File photo. John Kitzhaber delivers his third inaugural address on January 10, 2011 at the state capitol in Salem.
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has until January 12 to put the finishing touches on his inaugural address. But writing the speech should be old hat to the governor.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
4:41 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Portland Knife Company Agrees To $2.6 Million Federal Fine

Portland-based Gerber Legendary Blades recalled the Gator Combo Ax in 2011.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

A Portland-based knife company has agreed to a $2.6 million federal penalty for allegedly failing to report multiple injuries tied to one of its products.

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Government and Politics
3:06 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

New Oregon Law Aims To Prevent Underage Alcohol Poisoning

Andreas Solberg - andreassolberg Flickr

People under age of 21 in Oregon will have legal immunity if they report alcohol-related medical emergencies. It's one of several new laws taking effect with the New Year.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:20 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Oregon, Washington Minimum Wage Set For Increase

The minimum wage is going up by 15 cents an hourin both Washington and Oregon to $9.47 in Washington and $9.25 in Oregon.

The new year will mean higher pay for low-wage workers in Oregon and Washington. The minimum wage in both states is set for an increase.

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Weather and Climate
3:11 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Seattle, Portland Could Set Records For Warmth In 2014

Portland's skyline looking north
Jami Dwyer Wikimedia

2014 could be the warmest year on record for both Seattle and Portland.

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Science and Technology
2:33 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Oregon Agency Wants To Use Drones To Count Fish And Birds

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife believes aerial surveys performed by drones could be cheaper and safer than surveys gathered by airplane or helicopter.
Dkroetsch Wikimedia

Wildlife biologists in Oregon could soon have a new tool to count hard-to-reach salmon and coastal birds after the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the purchase of two drones to conduct aerial surveys.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
4:31 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Egg Prices Rise As New California Regulations Kick In

Some grocery stores, including this one in Salem, are warning customers of higher egg prices.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Get ready to shell out more money for eggs. Some Northwest stores are warning of higher egg prices as new regulations on hen houses take effect in California next month.

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Transportation
5:46 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

ODOT Says Use Of Studded Tires Has Dropped Dramatically

The Oregon Department of Transportation says tires with metal studs cause millions of dollars in damage to highways each year.
Credit Kantor.JH / Wikimedia

A perennial bill in the Oregon legislature is banning studded tires. Or taxing them because they chew up the roads.

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