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
5:32 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Feds Hand Hiring Authority Back To BPA

File photo of the Bonneville Dam spillway
Credit Wikimedia

The U.S. Department of Energy says the Bonneville Power Administration can be in charge of hiring new employees again.

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Government and Politics
3:23 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Hot Button Issues Divide Oregon Governor Candidates At Debate

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson held their second debate Friday in Sunriver.
Credit Campaign photos

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson faced-off in the resort town of Sunriver.

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Government and Politics
4:50 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Money Flowing In To Oregon Political Campaigns

File photo of the Oregon Capitol Building in Salem
Credit Matt Howry / Flickr

Ballots go out in the mail to Oregon voters in less than three weeks. And that means right now is prime fundraising season for candidates and ballot measure campaigns.

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Government and Politics
8:38 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Two Political Veterans Headline Oregon Governor's Race

Incumbent John Kitzhaber, left, is seeking re-election against challenger Dennis Richardson.
Credit Campaign photos

The race for Oregon governor is a battle between two political veterans. Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber is seeking an unprecedented fourth term. Republican Dennis Richardson is hoping for a promotion from his long-held seat in the Oregon House.

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Government and Politics
3:55 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Oregon Cities Consider Taxes On Recreational Marijuana

A number of Oregon cities are considering imposing their own local taxes on legal marijuana sales.
Credit Katheirne Hitt / Flickr

Some Oregon cities are setting themselves up for a possible legal battle if Oregon voters approve a marijuana legalization initiative this fall.

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Government and Politics
4:35 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Oregon Voters To Consider Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

File photo. Measure 91 chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares to drop off initiative signatures at the state capitol in June.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregonians will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.

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Government and Politics
5:27 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Hit The Airwaves

Both of Oregon's major-party candidates for governor plan to blanket the airwaves this fall.

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Disasters and Accidents
3:17 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Oregon Fire Season 'Continues To Push And Challenge'

A view of the 36 Pit Fire From Highway 224 near Estacada, Oregon.
Credit InciWeb

A wildfire near Estacada, Oregon, southeast of Portland, has grown to more than 3,500 acres and threatens more than 160 homes.

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Government and Politics
4:53 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Oregon Could Implement Retirement Plan For Private-Sector Workers

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler
Credit Oregon State Treasury

Oregonians could have another option when it comes to saving for the future.

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Health and Medicine
2:52 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Cover Oregon Officials Set To Face State Lawmakers

State lawmakers are set to grill the leaders of Cover Oregon on Monday and Tuesday.
Credit Cover Oregon

The leaders of Oregon's struggling health insurance exchange will be grilled by state lawmakers in a series of hearings at the capitol on Monday and Tuesday.

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