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.


Measure 92
6:27 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Oregon Food Labeling Measured Headed For Likely Recount

Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods sold in Oregon.
Credit dmmd303 / Flickr

The most expensive initiative in Oregon history appears headed for a recount.

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Cover Oregon Lawsuit
5:46 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Oregon, Oracle Tangle In Federal Court

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.

The case and a counter suit are about the failed health insurance exchange website called “Cover Oregon". Oracle was the chief technology firm that put it together. The website never really worked as it intended to, so the state wanted to get some compensation for all the money it sent to the site. 

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GMO Measure Recount
5:51 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

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 7:09 pm

It appears Oregon is headed for its first statewide ballot measure recount in more than six years.

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Oregon Marijuana
7:19 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Could Make Changes To Pot Measure

A new law to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon takes effect next year.
Credit 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. A legislative panel discussed some options Wednesday at the state capitol.

Measure 91 allows adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation. Just what that state regulation looks like is still being determined. Democratic Senator Lee Beyer reminded his colleagues that there's nothing to stop them from putting their own stamp on the voter-approved measure.

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Keystone Pipeline
5:57 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline: Northwest Senators Vote On Party Lines

The U.S. Senate rejected the Keystone XL pipeline plan on Tuesday.
Credit AP Images

Northwest lawmakers voted along party lines as the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to reject a plan to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Fourteen Democrats voted with all 45 Republicans in the Senate to approve it. But it was one vote shy of the amount needed to send the measure to the President. Washington Democrat Patty Murray told her colleagues she was against the pipeline.

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GMO Labeling
5:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

GMO Food Labeling Measure 92 Supporters Still Haven't Conceded

Measure 92 supporters in Oregon are still raising money for the initiative that would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods.
Credit Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press

Sponsors of a food labeling initiative in Oregon said they haven't conceded the election yet.

Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods. As of Friday afternoon, it's still losing by about 5,000 votes. But that's close enough to give supporters a glimmer of hope.

Measure 92 supporters are still raising money. They're using it to bankroll an ongoing effort to contact voters with contested ballots.

Yes on 92 spokesman Sandeep Kaushik said he knows it's a bit of a Hail Mary.

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Write-In Votes
7:28 am
Tue November 11, 2014

'Astounding' Number Of Write-Ins In One Oregon County

The Marion County Courthouse in Salem.
Credit Jimmy Emerson / Flickr

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
4:45 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 Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

The panel met Friday for the first time since questions were raised last month about whether Hayes used her title for personal gain.

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Oregon Ethics Panel
6:03 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Oregon Ethics Panel To Discuss First Lady's Actions

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.

But some answers could be forthcoming as the state's Ethics Commission is set to take up the case of Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes Friday.

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Oregon Legislature
6:39 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Democrats Make Gains In Oregon Legislature

Credit M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia Commons

Democrats in the Oregon legislature fared far better in Tuesday's elections than their counterparts in Congress. The latest tally shows Democrats picking up one seat in the Oregon House and at least one seat in the Oregon Senate.

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