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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Leaked Information
5:15 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Oregon Requests Probe Of Email Leak

Former Governor John Kitzhaber resigned on February 18.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 4:55 pm

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services has requested a criminal investigation over the matter of who leaked some sensitive emails to the media.

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New Oregon Governor
5:15 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

New Oregon Governor Continues Moratorium On Executions

Oregon Governor Kate Brown will continue a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty in the state.
Alan Sylvestre OPB

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:23 pm

Oregon's new governor Kate Brown said she'll continue a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty.

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New Oregon Governor
4:51 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Kate Brown Tells Reporters She Wants To 'Put My Own Imprint On Oregon'

Kate Brown takes questions during her first press conference as Oregon Governor.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 2:54 pm

Oregon's new governor promised continuity for the most part as she faced the press for the first time since taking the oath of office on Wednesday.

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Oregon Economy
3:33 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Oregon Economists Predicting 'Likely' Kicker

Shaundd Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 3:01 pm

Oregon taxpayers could receive an unexpected windfall next year.

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New Governor
4:41 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Kate Brown Sworn In As Oregon Governor

Kate Brown is sworn in as governor in the Oregon state capitol.
Alan Sylvestre OPB

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 4:38 pm

Kate Brown has been sworn in as Oregon's 38th governor.

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New Governor
5:51 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Oregon Secretary Of State To Be Sworn In As Governor

Kate Brown spoke Saturday at an Oregon Historical Society-hosted "birthday party" for the state.
Courtney Sherwood Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 5:37 pm

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown will be sworn in as governor Wednesday morning.

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Politics
1:22 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Ore. Governor Resigns Amid Ethics Investigation

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 3:29 pm

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Government and Politics
4:17 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Top Oregon Democrats Call On Kitzhaber To Resign

Senate President Peter Courtney speaks with reporters at the Oregon Capitol on Thursday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 7:23 am

    

Top Oregon Democrats are calling on Governor John Kitzhaber to resign. The request comes as the governor faces intense pressure and an ethics investigation.

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Government and Politics
4:21 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Ore. Gov. Kitzhaber: 'I Have No Intention Of Resigning'

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 5:55 pm

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber tried to quell rampant speculation about his political future Wednesday, with a statement saying he has no plans to resign.

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Independent Party
7:42 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Oregon Now Has Third Major Political Party

Independent Party of Oregon co-founder Dan Meek, who founded the Party in 2006, hangs up a poster in Portland.
Credit AP Images

Oregon now has a third major political party. The Oregon Secretary of State announced Monday that the Independent Party has achieved the status that until now, was enjoyed by only Democrats and Republicans.

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