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 Voting
7:47 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Key Deadline To Move Bills Means Some Legislation Dies In Salem

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
Matt Howry Flickr

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 6:04 pm

Oregon lawmakers will return to the capitol Friday with a better sense of what they'll be voting on over the next three weeks.

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Oregon and Marijuana
5:18 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Bans Or Legalization? Discussing Pot In Oregon's Capitol

File photo of a cannabis plant.
Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 4:58 pm

Oregon lawmakers are considering two very different approaches to regulating marijuana this month.

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Oregon Emergency Management
7:15 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Oregon's Not Ready

Emergency preparedness is now a concern for Oregon state residents after a recent audit of their Office of Emergency Management.
Credit Regan Walsh

A new state audit says Oregon is ill-prepared for a major disaster. The report released Monday by the Oregon Secretary of State's office cites insufficient planning and organizational problems in its Office of Emergency Management.

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Oregon Legislature
5:04 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Head Back To Work After Snow Day

A view of the Capitol mall in Salem on Thursday afternoon.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 7, 2014 4:07 pm

Oregon lawmakers get back to work Monday after a snow day Friday threw a wrench in the schedule. The short week turned up the pressure on an already brief session.

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Winter Weather
5:16 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Snow Halts Oregon Legislature

A view of the Capitol mall in Salem on Thursday afternoon.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 4:17 pm

Oregon lawmakers will take a rare snow day Friday. The wintry forecast prompted legislative leaders to cancel all hearings and floor sessions for the day.

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Gun Regulations
5:10 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Background Checks For Private Gun Sales

Quagmar Flickr

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 3:53 pm

Former astronaut Mark Kelly was among those speaking out in favor of a measure requiring criminal background checks for most private gun sales in Oregon.

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Oregon DMV
6:54 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

A Better DMV? Oregon Lawmaker Wants To Study Agency's Service Levels

File photo of an Oregon DMV clerk helping a customer.
OregonDOT Flickr

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 6:01 pm

An Oregon lawmaker wants the state to improve customer service at the DMV -- in part by offering longer hours with shorter wait times.

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Free Community College
4:25 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Plan To Offer Free Community College Tuition

File photo of Tillamook Bay Community College in Tillamook, Ore.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 4:08 pm

Oregon lawmakers are considering what some may call an audacious plan: free community college for all of its state’s high school graduates.

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Oregon Legislature
4:03 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Open 35-Day Session

File photo. The 2014 Regular Session kicked off in Salem on Monday.
Chris Phan Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 3, 2014 3:49 pm

Oregon lawmakers convened Monday for a whirlwind 35-day session. But the thorniest topics were largely absent from the opening day festivities.

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Legalizing Marijuana
5:36 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Lawmakers Return To Salem With Lots Of Issues And Little Time

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
Matt Howry Flickr

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 2:51 pm

Pot, guns and liquor. Those are a few of the issues facing Oregon lawmakers as they return to the state capitol Monday for a five-week legislative session.

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