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
3:04 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Three Oregon Lawmakers File Initiative To Make English Official State Language

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Three Republican state lawmakers filed an initiative petition this week to make English the official language of the state of Oregon.

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Government and Politics
4:17 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Firearm Background Check Bill Surfaces In Salem

A bill in the Oregon legislature would require criminal background checks for most private gun sales.
Augustas Didzgalvis Wikimedia

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another round of debate over firearm regulations.

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Crime, Law and Justice
6:02 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Expanded Post-Conviction DNA Testing

Ted Bradford speaks to the press at the Oregon capitol. He's flanked by two representatives from the Innocence Project.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Some Oregon lawmakers want to give more convicted criminals the chance to clear their name.

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Crime, Law and Justice
4:07 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Stronger Confidentiality Laws For Rape Victims

Sexual assault survivor Brenda Tracy speaks with reporters following a rally at the Oregon state capitol in Salem.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon lawmakers want to make it easier for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses to get the support they need.

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Transportation
3:04 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Transportation Package Stalls In Oregon Legislature

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle inspects the underside of a bridge over Fanno Creek.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon lawmakers came into the session revved up about the need for new revenue to pay for improvements to roads and bridges.

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Health and Medicine
4:47 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Oregon Blood Drives Could Soon Require More Medical Oversight

A bill in the Oregon House would require that a doctor or nurse to be on hand for all blood donations.
illinois-state-homecoming Flickr

The Oregon House is set to vote Monday on a measure that would require a doctor or nurse to be on hand when you donate a pint of blood.

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Health and Medicine
4:54 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers To Schools: Let Kids Use Sunscreen

Some Oregon school districts currently don't allow kids to use sunscreen because it's considered an over-the-counter drug.
Joe Shlabotnik Flickr

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes more opportunities to be outside. Oregon lawmakers want children to slather on the sunscreen when they hit the playground.

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Government and Politics
4:00 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Oregon House Approves Ban On 'Conversion Therapy' For Youth

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Oregon lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would ban so-called "conversion therapy" on youth.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
9:18 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Greyhound Racing Ban Falters In Oregon Legislature

Multnomah Greyhound Park, a former dog track in Wood Village, Oregon, closed in 2004.
A. F. Litt Flickr

You might think that a bill that would outlaw something that doesn't even take place in Oregon might sail through the legislature.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
8:55 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Oregon Bill Would Ban Ivory Sales

A bill in the Oregon legislature would ban the sale of ivory in the state.
Paul Mannix Flickr

Federal law generally prohibits the import of ivory, but it's legal to sell domestically if the ivory was harvested before 1976.

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