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."

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Oregon Economy Growth
4:13 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Oregon's Economic Expansion 'Getting Stronger'

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
Matt Howry Flickr

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 3:49 pm

Oregon's revenue outlook is basically flat, but that doesn't mean the economy is stagnant.

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Healthcare Delays
5:04 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Cover Oregon Director Says Online Exchange Won't Be Ready By Deadline

Cover Oregon Executive Director Rocky King testifies before a panel of Oregon lawmakers.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:42 pm

Oregon’s online health insurance exchange won’t be up and running in time for people to get covered by the beginning of the year.

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Oregon Healthcare
4:09 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers To Grill Leaders Of Beleaguered Health Insurance Exchange

Oregon's health insurance exchange has yet to enroll a single applicant through its website.
Cover Oregon

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 3:08 pm

Oregon lawmakers want to know why the state's beleaguered health insurance exchange has yet to enroll a single applicant through its website.

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Healthcare Controversy
6:24 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Congressional Incumbents Face Re-Election Heat Over Health Care Law

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
Credit U.S. Senate

Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley Wednesday signed on to legislation to allow people to keep their current insurance plans under the new federal health care law. It's the latest example of how the Affordable Care Act could be a hot topic in next year’s election.

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Oregon GMO Labeling
4:32 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Oregon GMO Labeling Advocates Vow To Push Ahead Despite Washington Loss

File photo of a protest in Washington DC on October 12, 2013.
Stephen D. Melkisethian Flickr

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 3:30 pm

The latest vote tallies from Washington confirm voters have rejected an initiative to require labels for food containing genetically modified organisms.

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NPR Story
4:36 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Slain Officer Puts Role Of Reserve Police In Spotlight

Oregon City Reserve Officer Robert Libke.
Oregon City Police Department

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:45 pm

The death of an Oregon police officer this week spotlights a little known element of Northwest law enforcement: volunteer reserve officers who put their lives on the line for little or no pay.

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Reserve Officer Slain
4:36 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Slain Officer Puts Role Of Reserve Police In Spotlight

Oregon City Reserve Officer Robert Libke.
Oregon City Police Department

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 4:45 pm

The death of an Oregon police officer this week spotlights a little known element of Northwest law enforcement: volunteer reserve officers who put their lives on the line for little or no pay.

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Oregon GMO Labeling
5:35 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Oregon Could Be Next GMO Labeling Battleground

File photo of a wheat harvest on the Palouse.
USDA

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 5:18 pm

Washington voters decide Tuesday whether food containing genetically modified organisms should be labeled. Activists in Oregon are planning their own initiative.

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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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