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."


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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National Guard Training
4:31 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Northwest Guard Members Can Make Up Missed Training

File photo of personnel from the Army, Navy and Washington State National Guard conducting a weapons qualification exercise at Fort Lewis, Wash.
Journalist 1st Class Dave Gordon US Navy

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:25 pm

National Guard members in the Northwest will get the chance to make up the training they missed during the partial government shutdown.

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Government Shutdown
5:01 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Furloughed Oregon Workers Feel Shutdown Pinch Despite Current Deal

Furloughed employees of the Oregon Military Department protest the government shutdown in front of the Oregon capitol building Wednesday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed October 16, 2013 4:38 pm

Even if the federal government re-opens immediately, some people in the Northwest fear they’re still going to feel the effects of the partial shutdown.

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Oregon Senate Race
4:28 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

GOP State Representative Aims To Unseat Senator Merkley

Jason Conger speaks to supporters at a museum in Oregon City.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 4:14 pm

The partial government shutdown and possible default this week loomed over an announcement Tuesday from the highest-profile challenger in next year’s U.S. Senate race in Oregon.

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Oregon Wood Stove Rules
5:20 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Oregon Sues EPA Over Wood Stove Rules

By Philip Barker, Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 5:14 pm

Oregon is accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of dragging its feet in coming up with new wood-stove regulations. The state announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the federal agency.

Oregon was joined in the legal action by six other states, along with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency in the Seattle-area.

Jeff Manning of the Oregon Department of Justice says those 25-year-old rules should be updated to require sales of newer, cleaner-burning stoves. But Manning says that doesn't mean people will have to give up their current stoves.

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Special Session Bills
5:05 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Kitzhaber Signs Special Session Bills, Unions Plan Challenge

Photo courtesy of the Governor's office.

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 4:37 pm

Five bills approved by Oregon lawmakers during a special session last week are now law. Gov. John Kitzhaber signed the legislation Tuesday. But the future of one of those measures is in doubt.

Public employee unions plan a legal challenge. 

It's not a matter of if, but how. That's what an attorney who's led several public pension lawsuits in Oregon says about the chances of a legal challenge to the measure just signed by Kitzhaber

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Oregon Special Session Resolution
4:46 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

'Grand Bargain' Approved By Oregon Legislature In Special Session

Matt Howry Flickr

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 4:41 pm

The so-called "Grand Bargain" has passed in Salem. Oregon lawmakers have approved all five of the bills on their special session agenda.

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Oregon Special Session
3:57 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Special Session Bills Advancing In Oregon Legislature

Jessica Paterson Flickr

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 3:23 pm

Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a special session agenda. As of this afternoon, all five measures have received approval from at least one chamber.

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Oregon Special Session
5:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

No Movement In Oregon Special Sesssion

Chris Phan Flickr

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 5:05 pm

The Oregon Legislature's special session will go into a third day.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber called the legislature to the capitol to vote on a series of measures relating to taxes and public pensions. Lawmakers have not met publicly so far Tuesday as negotiations continue behind closed doors.

One committee is set to meet this evening at 6, but the starting time has been delayed repeatedly throughout the day.

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