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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Kitzhaber Investigation
4:49 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

U.S. Attorney Asks Oregon To Pause Investigation Of Kitzhaber

Federal investigators have requested that Oregon delay it's own investigation of former Governor John Kitzhaber
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:39 pm

The state probe into ethics allegations against former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is being halted, at least for now.

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Cover Oregon
4:48 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Vote To Dissolve Health Insurance Exchange

Cover Oregon, the state's health exchange, could seen be dismantled.
Cover Oregon

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:40 pm

Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange is one step closer to being dismantled.

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New Oregon Governor
4:30 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Oregon Governor Says Past Votes Don't Bind Her Future Policy Decisions

Prior to becoming Oregon's governor, Kate Brown was elected as Oregon's secretary of state in 2008 and served in the state legislature for 17 years.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 4:01 pm

Oregon's new governor Kate Brown said Thursday that votes she took as a state lawmaker aren't necessarily a sign of where she stands on present-day issues.

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Electric Cars
6:56 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Electric Vehicle Backers Push For Tax Incentives

Electric vehicle manufacturers had a show-and-tell in front of the Oregon capitol building Wednesday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 5:40 pm

Oregon lawmakers are considering a possible hike in the gas tax this session. Supporters say it's needed in order to offset stagnant revenues due to more fuel efficient vehicles.

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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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