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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Oregon's Ethics Commission would have to speed up its investigations under a measure approved in the Oregon House Thursday.

Supporters of a proposal to extend paid sick time to most Oregon workers say the legislation has stalled.

Democratic Representative Tobias Read introduced a bill Thursday that would divert a potential kicker tax rebate.

Oregon is looking for volunteers for a new pay-by-the-mile tax.

Oregon lawmakers will consider a proposal that would allow women to get oral contraceptives and contraceptive patches without a doctor's prescription.

Oregon could join a national movement to change the way the president is elected.

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network


As Northwest states debate whether to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 per hour, some adults with developmental disabilities continue to be paid as little as 25 cents per hour.

Oregon economists told lawmakers Thursday that a robust economy means they'll have more money to spend on schools, human services and public safety.

The future of marijuana policy in the Oregon legislature is still unclear.

A special legislative committee meant to help pave the way for legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon has hit some road bumps.