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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 | Election 2016

When The 4-Year Plan Turns Into A 2-Year Scramble: Pierce's Run For Governor

OPB | Oct. 24, 2016 7:14 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon voters have elected a Democrat as governor eight times in a row, but Republicans are getting a bonus shot at the state's top office this year. 

News | local

Oregon Department Of Corrections Promotes Agency Veteran Into Deputy Role

OPB | Oct. 21, 2016 11:56 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

A long-time veteran with the Oregon Department of Corrections has been promoted to serve as the agency's interim deputy director.

News | NW Life | Politics | Economy | Nation

OPB Politics Now: The Surprisingly Exciting Race For Secretary Of State

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016 1:12 p.m.

Host Geoff Norcross along with OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman talk about the Secretary of State’s race, which is surprisingly interesting this year!

News | Uncategorized | Agriculture | Economy | Recreation | Business | Nation

Oregon Has Collected More Than $40 Million In Marijuana Taxes

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 12:14 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The sale of recreational marijuana continues to be brisk in Oregon. The state Department of Revenue says it collected just over $40 million in taxes on legal pot through the end of September. The money will be distributed to schools, law enforcement and drug treatment programs.

News | local | Election | Election 2016

Treasurer Candidates Talk Up Their Job Qualifications During Debate

OPB | Oct. 17, 2016 5:15 p.m.

The three major party contenders for Oregon treasurer faced off Monday in a debate that often focused on the candidates' qualifications for the job.

News | local | Election | Election 2016

Oregon Ballots: Coming Soon To A Mailbox Near You

OPB | Oct. 17, 2016 6 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Ballots go out in the mail this week to Oregon voters. More than 2.5 million people are registered to vote in the state. That's already a record and the number could climb.

News | local

Oregon Gets Another Real ID Extension, But For How Long?

OPB | Oct. 13, 2016 3:08 p.m.

Oregonians will be able to use their drivers licenses to enter federal buildings until at least next June. That's because of an extension granted by the U.S. government this week. 

News | local

Oregon DHS Workers Are Stressed Out, But Proud Of Their Work

OPB | Oct. 12, 2016 5:06 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Workers at one of Oregon's largest state agencies feel overworked and stressed. That's according to a survey of employees at the Oregon Department of Human Services released Wednesday.

News | Transportation | local

Oregon Finishes Road Replacement 10 Years Later, $220 Million Over Budget

OPB | Oct. 11, 2016 4:46 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Drivers along U.S. Highway 20 in Oregon's Coast Range can now use a 5-mile stretch of roadway that's been under construction for more than a decade.

News | local | Environment

No Proposals Yet As Deadline Approaches For Elliott State Forest In Oregon

OPB | Oct. 11, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon Department of State Lands says so far, no one has expressed interest in the 82,000 acre state property in southwest Oregon.

News | local | Politics | Election | Election 2016

Measure 97: How We Got Here

OPB | Oct. 9, 2016 6 a.m. | Portland

Measure 97, on the Nov. 8 ballot, would raise some $3 billion a year in new revenue, but it has also sparked one of the most expensive election fights Oregon has ever seen.

News | local

Despite Phone Call, NW Governors Say No Plans To Restart I-5 Bridge Project

OPB | Oct. 4, 2016 2:30 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown discussed a potential new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River during a phone call this week.

News | local

Oregon DMV Now Accepts Debit And Credit Cards

OPB | Sept. 29, 2016 4:42 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

You can now use your credit or debit card when you visit the DMV in Oregon. The agency is now accepting plastic at all 60 of its field offices. 

News | local | Politics | Health

Oregon Law Enforcement Groups Support Lighter Drug Sentences

OPB | Sept. 27, 2016 5:08 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Two Oregon law enforcement groups say they'll support a change to how drug possession crimes are classified.

News | local | Nation | Communities

Oregon Governor Appoints New Head Of Housing

OPB | Sept. 26, 2016 2:23 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed a new head of the state agency that handles affordable housing. The announcement comes as lawmakers gear up to tackle housing issues next year.

News | local | Politics | Election | Election 2016

Secretary Of State Candidates Make Their Case In Eugene

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 4:55 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

Three of the candidates for Oregon Secretary of State made their case voters in Eugene on Friday.

News | local | Politics

Renters Rights Highlighted At Rally At Oregon Capitol

OPB | Sept. 22, 2016 5:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Supporters of legislation to strengthen the rights of renters in Oregon rallied at the state capitol in Salem on Thursday. Speakers at the rally say they want more stable rent prices and policies.

Education | News | local | Politics

Ahead Of UCC Shooting Anniversary, Group Issues Safety Recommendations

OPB | Sept. 22, 2016 4:06 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A work group that's looking at ways to improve safety on college campuses issued its draft recommendations to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Thursday.

News | local | Health

Report: Oregon Has Very High Rate Of Female Sexual Assault

OPB | Sept. 21, 2016 5 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A new report highlights the challenges faced by women and girls in Oregon. The report found that Oregon has one of the highest rates of sexual or domestic violence in the nation.

Environment | Water

Nestle Water Bottling Plan Draws Protest — Even After It's Voted Down

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 21, 2016 3:45 p.m.

Voters in the Columbia River Gorge approved a measure aimed at blocking Nestle from putting in a water bottling plant. But four months later, activists are still protesting.