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 free–lance 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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Oregon Foreclosure Mediation Law
5:19 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

New Mediation Law Could Help Struggling Homeowners

A new law will allow struggling homeowners to sit down with their lender to work out an agreement.
Jeffery Turner Flickr

Oregonians facing foreclosure will soon have another tool to stay in their house. A law that takes effect Wednesday allows struggling homeowners the chance to look their lender in the eye.

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Medicaid Waiver For Oregon
5:25 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Oregon Medicaid Waiver Includes Boost For Rural Health

A new federal waiver for Oregon includes a provision aimed at luring doctors to small towns. The state won final approval Monday from the Obama administration for plans to move ahead with big changes in health care.

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Oregon Prison Lawsuit
4:14 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Lawsuit Alleges More Abuse Of Female Inmates

An aerial photo of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, Oregon.
USGS

A new lawsuit alleges sexual abuse by workers at Oregon's only prison for women. It's the latest in a series of lawsuits brought by female inmates at the institution in Wilsonville.

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Olympic Track And Field
5:34 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Unlikely Olympian Not Well Known In His Hometown

One of the surprise winners of a slot on the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team isn’t a household name, even in the town where his track career took off. Now, Ryan Bailey is headed to London to compete in the 100-meter race.

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Health Care Ruling
5:22 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

States Brace For Federal Health Care Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Franz Jantzen supremecourt.gov

The U.S. Supreme Court could rule any day now on the Constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul. The decision could have broad implications for state health care policies in the Northwest.

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Tsunami Dock Removal
6:24 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Tsunami Dock To Be Dismantled, Removed

A piece of tsunami debris, a dock that washed ashore near Newport, will be dismantled and removed by a Vancouver, Wash., company.
Oregon State Parks

The days are numbered for the massive Japanese dock that washed up on an Oregon beach earlier this month. The Oregon State Parks Department announced Tuesday that it's accepted a bid from a Vancouver, Wash., salvage company to break apart the dock and remove it.

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Oregon State Representative
5:16 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Embattled Oregon State Rep Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

Some Oregon State House Democrats say they'll work to strengthen the chamber's rules about workplace harassment.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

An embattled Oregon state Representative Matt Wingard says he won't seek re-election. Two-term Republican lawmaker Matt Wingard admitted to having a sexual relationship with a college-age employee who worked at his state capitol office.

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Oregon First Lady
6:36 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Oregon's First Lady Weathers Criticism, Pushes Anti-Poverty Agenda

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber looks on as First Lady Cylvia Hayes speaks as a daycare center in Bend.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon's Governor and First Lady are not married. It’s something that’s attracted little attention since Democrat John Kitzhaber took office about 18 months ago. But as his partner, Cylvia Hayes, rolls out her anti-poverty agenda, some people question whether she should have the title First Lady. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Obama's Immigration Announcement
4:28 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Northwesterners Cheer, Jeer Obama's Immigration Announcement

President Barack Obama addresses the new Department of Homeland Security’s immigration policy.
The White House Northwest News Network

President Obama's announcement Friday that some young adults who came to this country illegally as children will get a reprieve from deportation has sparked strong reactions here in the Northwest.

Oregon and Washington groups opposed to illegal immigration strongly criticized the President's announcement. They said it was politically motivated. But those in the region who support an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws cheered.

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Oregon Rep. Resigns
5:50 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Oregon State Rep. Resigns Leadership Post Amid Allegations

State Representative Matt Wingard.
Oregon Legislature Northwest News Network

An Oregon state representative is suddenly stepping down from a leadership post. It follows allegations of an inappropriate sexual relationship between Republican Matt Wingard and a subordinate.

Wingard is quitting as Deputy Republican Leader of the Oregon House. He's fending off allegations that he used his position of power to pressure a young woman who worked in his office at the capitol into a sexual relationship. The woman also says Wingard gave her alcohol when she was still 20 years old.

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