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 is taking another crack at overhauling its public records rules. The state's Attorney General convened a task force Thursday that will look at the state's 40-year-old law.

Stephanie Beall went to school to become an expert in recreation management. It turns out there are a lot of things that you don't learn in college that you learn when you get into the field. Such as how often people ignore the rules about where to use the bathroom.

A group funded by the grocery industry filed an initiative petition Wednesday that would allow Oregonians to buy liquor in most grocery stores.

Oregon’s recreational marijuana industry now has a better sense of what state regulators expect of them. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission Thursday approved a first set of rules governing how pot can be grown and sold in the state.

It's been more than a month since Oregon Governor Kate Brown told a reporter after a parade during the Pendleton Round Up that she's doing what most political observers expected: running for Oregon governor.

People in Coos County, Oregon, are considering an initiative that would block enforcement of new gun laws. The question goes before voters in a special election next month.

The most competitive race on next May's primary ballot in Oregon is shaping up to be for secretary of state. A third Democrat entered the field Thursday.

Pot farmers have to follow the same rules and regulations as the rest of the agriculture industry. That was a key takeaway Wednesday at a workshop for budding marijuana growers in Salem.

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Rebecka Carnes, Quinn Cooper and Lucas Eibel were memorialized in separate services Saturday in Myrtle Creek and Roseburg. The 18-year-olds were shot dead in class October 1 at Umpqua Community College.

Updated -- Protesters and supporters greeted President Barack Obama during his visit to Roseburg, Oregon. The President touched down in Marine One Friday afternoon to meet with families of the victims of last week's shooting at Umpqua Community College.

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