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 Corporate Kicker Rebate
4:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Corporate Kicker Initiative Could Be Low-Key Fight

Another corporate tax hike, Measure 67, generated more opposition than the current measure headed for the ballot.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

This fall, Oregon voters will debate the future of one of the state’s most unusual tax policies. Oregon elections officials will soon announce whether an initiative to repeal the state's one-of-a-kind corporate kicker rebate has made the ballot. Backers submitted well over the number of signatures needed. But unlike one recent corporate tax measure, this initiative isn't generating much opposition yet.

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Salem Street Pianos
4:39 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Street Pianos Invade Salem

Tom White plays a street piano in downtown Salem.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon's capital city is echoing with the sounds of impromptu piano concerts this week. About a dozen brightly decorated street pianos are scattered about town. It's part of a worldwide phenomenon inspired by a British artist.

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Oregon Marijuana Initiative
5:26 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Pro-Pot Petitioners Sue Over Invalidated Signatures

Activists for an initiative to decriminalize marijuana possession say the Oregon Secretary of State has been too aggressive in invalidating petition signatures.
Hendrike Wikimedia Commons

Marijuana initiative activists say Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is being too aggressive in tossing out petition signatures. One group filed a lawsuit Wednesday saying the rate of invalidated signatures will likely snuff out an initiative to decriminalize marijuana possession.

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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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