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Salem Correspondent, Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman

Chris Lehman is the Salem correspondent for the Northwest News Network.

He landed his first job at 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 the NPR affiliate, WNIJ. In 2006 he headed west. Chris has also reported from overseas as a freelancer. He's filed stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Chris holds a degree in journalism from Temple University.

He lives in Salem with his wife and their two children.

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Recent Articles

News | local | Politics | Election 2016

Outdoor School Initiative Qualifies For Oregon Ballot

Northwest News Network | July 22, 2016 5:36 p.m.

Oregonians will vote this fall on whether to fully fund an outdoor education program for the state's fifth and sixth graders.

News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Oregon's Elections Director Abruptly Resigns

Northwest News Network | July 20, 2016 5:07 p.m.

The head of Oregon's Elections Division abruptly stepped down this week, just three months before voting begins in this fall's election.

News | Politics | local | Election | Nation | Election 2016

Oregon, Washington Delegates Cast Votes For Trump

Northwest News Network | July 19, 2016 5:42 p.m.

Delegates from Oregon and Washington officially cast their votes for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

News | Education | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Qualified For Ballot, High School Graduation Initiative Kicks Off Campaign

Northwest News Network | July 18, 2016 6 p.m.

Now that an initiative that aims to increase Oregon's high school graduation rate has qualified for the ballot, backers are rolling out details of their campaign.

Economy | Business | News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Voter Privacy, Emergency Clause Measures Miss Oregon Ballot

Northwest News Network | July 16, 2016 9:57 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Two initiatives — one focused on voter privacy and the other on emergency clauses in the legislature — have failed to qualify for the Oregon ballot.

News | Politics | local | Election | Nation | Election 2016

OPB Politics Now: Fighting Corporate Taxes, GOP Convention Preview

OPB | July 15, 2016 9:38 a.m.

Opponents of a corporate tax measure in Oregon are raising big money to defeat it this fall. And OPB is headed to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. We have your primer.


High School Graduation Initiative Qualifies For Oregon Ballot

Northwest News Network | July 14, 2016 5:45 p.m.

Oregonians will vote on an initiative that aims to increase the state's high school graduation rate.

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Oregon Corporations Could Change Structure To Avoid Initiative's Tax Hike

Northwest News Network | July 11, 2016 7 p.m.

Some Oregon corporations will likely change their structure and behavior to lessen the impact of a tax hike headed for the November ballot.

local | Election 2016

Here Are The Initiatives That Could End Up On Oregon's November Ballot

Northwest News Network | July 8, 2016 5:28 p.m.

Friday was the deadline to turn in signatures for initiative campaigns hoping to place a measure on the November ballot in Oregon.

Business | News | local | Election | Politics | Animals | Election 2016

Backers Submit Signatures For Oregon Wildlife Trafficking Initiative

Northwest News Network | July 7, 2016 4:25 p.m.

Oregon voters may get the chance to ban the sale of items made from certain wildlife species this November.

News | local | Business

Oregon's Minimum Wage Increases As Of July 1

Northwest News Network | June 30, 2016 9:15 p.m.

Tens of thousands of Oregonians will get a raise Friday when the state's minimum wage goes up for the first time in 18 months.

News | local | Business

Think Tank Says Oregon Corporations' Share Of Tax Burden Is Declining

Northwest News Network | June 29, 2016 8 p.m.

A newly released report from the left-leaning Oregon Center for Public Policy has found that Oregon corporations today are paying a smaller portion of the state's income and property taxes than they did 40 years ago.

News | local

Thousands Attend Evangelist Franklin Graham's Rally At Oregon Capitol

Northwest News Network | June 28, 2016 8 p.m.

The evangelist who was a part of the negotiations that ended the 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in February returned to Oregon Tuesday.


Oregon Lawmakers Grill State Energy Department's Leader

Northwest News Network | June 27, 2016 7:15 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers continued to debate the future of the state's Department of Energy on Monday, when a special legislative panel grilled the leader of that agency against the backdrop of a potential criminal investigation.

News | local | Politics

Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect Investigation Into Kitzhaber, Hayes

Northwest News Network | June 27, 2016 7:15 p.m.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a federal corruption case involving the former governor of Virginia could have implications in Oregon.

News | Education | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Initiative To Boost Oregon Graduation Rates 1 Step Closer To Ballot

Northwest News Network | June 23, 2016 5:57 p.m.

The initiative would require the state to invest in dropout-prevention, as well as college and career readiness programs in Oregon high schools.


Education Officials Mull Costs As Oregon Districts Prepare To Test For Lead

Northwest News Network | June 23, 2016 5:45 p.m.

School officials are asking how quickly can lead testing be done and how much will it cost.

News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Oregon Governor Won't Debate Until September

Northwest News Network | June 22, 2016 3:09 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she won't debate her Republican challenger until September at the earliest. Brown declined an appearance at the traditional opening debate.

News | NW Life | local | Lead In The Water

Gov. Kate Brown Wants Annual Toxics Reports From Oregon Schools

Northwest News Network | June 21, 2016 3 p.m. | Portland

The move stems from the recent discovery of elevated lead levels in drinking water at two Portland Public Schools campuses and the ongoing public relations crisis that followed.