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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i-5 Bridge
3:57 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Oregon's Treasurer Casts Doubt On I-5 Bridge Tolling Plan

An artist's rendition of the proposed 1-5 bridge over the Columbia River.
Columbia River Crossing

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 3:36 pm

Oregon's state treasurer says he won't approve bonds for a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River without a guarantee: that Oregon can collect tolls from Washington drivers.

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Gun Rights
5:25 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Could Reconsider Background Checks For Gun Purchases

Augustas Didzgalvis Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 4:59 pm

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another fight over background checks for gun purchases.

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Gov. Mansion Updates
5:46 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Oregon's First Lady Shows Off Energy Efficiency Improvements At Governor's Mansion

Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes gave reporters a tour of energy efficiency upgrades at Mahonia Hall.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 5:04 pm

Thanks to a series of energy efficiency improvements, the heating bills are lower at the Oregon Governor's Mansion this winter.

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Bussiness and Economy
5:11 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Shareholder Profit No Longer Highest Priority For Some Oregon Companies

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 4:46 pm

Socially-minded companies in Oregon have a new way to prove their commitment to the greater good.

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New 2014 Laws
4:25 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

New Oregon Laws: Taxes, Texting, Tethering And Tanning

The fine for texting while driving is set to double in the new year.
Jason Weaver Flickr

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 3:49 pm

Call it the year of the "T." Some of the new laws set to take effect in Oregon when the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve involve taxes, texting, tethering and teen tanning.

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Hollywood Horticulture
4:49 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Oregon Trees, Shrubs Get Role In New Action Flick

Oregon-grown plants were used to re-create 18th Century Japan in scenes like this one from the movie '47 Ronin.'
Universal Pictures

Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 4:18 pm

The makers of the new action flick 47 Ronin didn't want to film their movie in Oregon. But that doesn't mean the state won't have a starring role.

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Senate Committee Chair
4:59 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Wyden In Line To Become Powerful Senate Committee Chair

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
U.S. Senate

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 9:15 am

A second U.S. Senator from the Northwest is expected to move into one of the most powerful positions in Congress.

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NPR Story
5:03 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Long-Term Unemployed Scramble As Loss Of Benefits Looms

Job seekers look for work at the Worksource Oregon office in Salem.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 4:58 pm

About 45,000 people in the Northwest will face the new year without the unemployment benefits they've come to rely on.

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Unemployment
4:30 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Oregon Unemployment Rate Hits Lowest Level Since 2008

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 3:07 pm

Oregon's unemployment rate is at its lowest in more than five years according to numbers released by the Oregon Employment Department Tuesday.

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Oregon Healthcare
5:04 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Oregon Insurance Officials Defend Health Plan Extensions

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 4:59 pm

Oregon's insurance commissioner is defending a decision to allow health insurance companies to keep policies in place for a year even if they don't comply with the Affordable Care Act.

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