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."


Food Stamps
5:40 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Federal Food Stamp Cuts Take Effect

File photo of a woman using her EBT card in Portland, Ore. to purchase food.
Brian Duss Bread for the World

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 4:48 pm

Northwest residents who rely on food stamps will have to pinch their pennies even more. Starting Friday, federal food assistance benefits are being cut.

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Oregon Christmas Trees
4:47 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Plum Assignment: Inspecting Oregon Christmas Trees In Hawaii

Oregon is the nation's leading Christmas tree producer.
Oregon Department of Agriculture

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 4:35 pm

A trio of Oregon entomologists has a plum assignment this holiday season. They're heading to Hawaii to help spot pests trying to hitch a ride to paradise on the branches of Oregon-grown Christmas trees.

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Oregon U.S. Senate Race
4:30 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Portland Doctor Enters Crowded U.S. Senate Race

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 4:12 pm

Republicans are lining up for the chance to take on Oregon Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley. Portland doctor Monica Wehby tossed her hat into the ring Tuesday.

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Oregon Licence Plates
4:17 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

'Keep Kids Safe' Could Join Long List Of Defunct Oregon License Plates

A sample copy of the "Keep Kids Safe" plate.
Oregon DMV

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 4:11 pm

An Oregon license plate meant to raise money for child abuse prevention programs could soon be canceled due to lack of interest.

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Oregon Election
5:41 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Congressman Walden To Face GOP Primary Challenger

Klamath County commissioner Dennis Linthicum is seeking Greg Walden's seat in Congress.
Campaign photo

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 5:21 pm

Oregon's only Republican member of Congress will face a challenger from his own party in next spring’s primary. 

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Medical Care Expenses
7:20 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Union Aims Slate Of Initiatives At Hospitals

A showdown may be looming over the cost of hospital care on the Oregon ballot next year. A union that represents health care workers filed five initiative petitions Monday that could set up a costly election battle next year.

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NPR Story
3:51 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Oregon Launches Film And TV Tax Credit Expansion

File photo of Portland, Ore.
Bob Heims U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 3:49 pm

Film and television producers will soon have an even greater incentive to shoot in Oregon.

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Oregon Film and TV Taxes
6:29 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Oregon Film And TV Tax Credit Expansion Launches

Oregon lawmakers this year have expanded their film production incentives and has lured film and television shows to the state, including the NBC police drama Grimm, which starts its third season this week.
Credit vagueonthehow

Film and television producers will soon have an even greater incentive to shoot in Oregon. Starting Monday, the Oregon Department of Revenue will auction off tax credits to replenish a subsidy fund to lure major Hollywood productions to the state.

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Immigrants & Drivers Licences
4:09 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Signature Drive Forces Vote On Oregon Driver License Bill

Oregon DMV

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 10:07 am

Oregon voters will decide next year whether people in this country illegally can qualify for a state driver license.

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"Escaped" Inmate Verdict
5:33 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Oregon Court Rules Inmate Who Walked Away From Work Detail Did Not 'Escape'

Booking photo of Aaron Cadger
Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 5:32 pm

An Oregon appeals court has overturned the escape conviction of an inmate who walked away from a work detail at a county fairground.

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