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."


liquor privatization
4:32 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Kitzhaber Has 'Concerns' About Grocery Stores Liquor Sales

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber answers questions from reporters during a state capitol press conference Thursday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 4:16 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he has concerns about proposals to allow grocery stores to sell hard liquor.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:28 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Oregon's Same-Sex Marriage Campaign Finds Some GOP Support

A ballot initiative to legalize same-sex marriage could be on the Oregon ballot in 2014.
Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 12:25 pm

Some prominent Oregon Republicans announced Wednesday that they are throwing their support behind a campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

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Capital Punishment
6:56 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Turns Down Oregon Inmate's Request To Be Executed

The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an Oregon death-row inmate's request to be executed. Tuesday's ruling means that two-time murderer Gary Haugen will not be executed for the foreseeable future.

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Cover Oregon
5:08 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Grill Director Of Health Insurance Exchange

Cover Oregon

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 5:04 pm

Oregon's Obamacare health insurance exchange is finally getting some traction after a shaky beginning.

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Columbia I-5 Bridge
6:44 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Want More Answers On I-5 Bridge Plan

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

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 5:30 pm

Oregon lawmakers say they want more answers before they'll agree to proceed with a plan to build a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.

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Oregon Public Pension Plan
4:45 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Incoming Oregon Lawmaker Will Be First To Be Banned From PERS

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
Matt Howry Flickr

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 4:38 pm

Last year, Oregon lawmakers approved a bill that will bar their future colleagues from signing up for the state's public pension plan, or PERS.

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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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