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 Bald Eagle Recovery
5:21 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Oregon Removes Bald Eagles From Threatened List

Bald eagle in flight. Oregon's population has recovered in recent years.
Photo credit: USFWS USFWS

Bald eagles are no longer considered threatened by the state of Oregon. The state's Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Friday to remove the iconic bird from the state list of endangered species.

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Oregon Legislative session
3:37 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Kitzhaber Praises Legislature

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signs two measures into law, as lawmakers from both parties look on.
Photo credit: Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is heaping praise on the legislature for its just concluded 2012 session. The Democratic governor saw lawmakers pass all four of his major policy initiatives, including three on the final day of the session Monday. Kitzhaber was surrounded by lawmakers from both parties in his office Tuesday as he signed two of those measures into law.

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Oregon Foreclosure Bill
6:06 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Agree On Foreclosure Bill

The Oregon State capitol building.
Photo by M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers wrapped up their 2012 legislative session after dark Monday night. One of the last bills they signed off on was a measure to slow the pace of home foreclosures. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Ore. Legislatured
5:07 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Approach Adjournment

Oregon Legislature is close to ending its session.
Photo credit: M.O. Stevens Wikimedia commons

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers appear to be on track to wrap up their legislative session Monday evening. A budget committee approved a package of measures Monday afternoon designed to bring the current spending plan back into balance. There are no new taxes and public schools are shielded from further cuts.

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Ore. Legislature
5:47 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Tempers Flare As Oregon Session Continues

The Oregon State Capitol Building in Salem, Oregon.
Photo credit: Wikimedia User Aboutmovies Wikimedia Commons

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers will return to the capitol on Monday to try once again to wrap up their legislative session. Things got testy Friday as lawmakers differed on whether to keep working or adjourn for the weekend.

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Health Care
3:52 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Kitzhaber Signs Health Care Transformation Bill

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo courtesy Oregon Governor's Office

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed one of his top legislative priorities into law Friday. The Democrat was surrounded by lawmakers from both parties as he signed the so-called "health care transformation" bill.

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Oregon State Hospital
6:06 am
Fri March 2, 2012

State Hospital Prepares To Open Final Wing

The tree in this courtyard was preserved when the previous State Hospital building was torn down to make way for the new one in the background.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon State Hospital is just weeks away from opening the final wing on its newly updated Salem facility. But many of the beds will remain empty because of budget cuts pending in the Oregon legislature. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Oregon Legislative Session
6:08 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Frustration Evident As Session Keeps On Going

Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Oregon.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Dual Freq

SALEM, Ore. – Tensions are bubbling to the surface in Salem as the legislative session continues with no certain end in sight. Lawmakers had hoped to wrap up their work earlier this week. But by midday Thursday, it became apparent that the session would continue at least through Friday. That led Peter Courtney, President of the Senate, to blast the members of the House.

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Oregon Legislature
5:58 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Deal Reached On Two Of Kitzhaber's Legislative Priorities

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Photo courtesy Oregon Governor's Office

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers and Governor John Kitzhaber say they've reached a last-minute deal on two of the Governor's legislative priorities. The agreement paves the way for a possible adjournment Thursday or Friday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Oregon Wolves
5:09 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Oregon House Approves Tax Credit For Livestock Lost To Wolves

Oregon Legislature is close to ending its session.
Photo credit: M.O. Stevens Wikimedia commons

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon ranchers who lose livestock to a wolf attack would be eligible for a tax credit under a measure approved Wednesday by the Oregon House. The bill would authorize a total of $37,000 in tax credits statewide each year.

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