Salem Correspondent

Chris Lehman

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 freelance 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.

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Recent Articles


Judge Proposes Oregon Baker Pay $135,000 In Discrimination Case

Northwest News Network | April 24, 2015 5:04 p.m.

An Oregon judge has proposed awarding a same-sex couple $135,000 in damages after a bakery refused to make a cake for their wedding.


Supporters, Opponents Pack Oregon Gun Bill Hearing

Northwest News Network | April 22, 2015 6:32 p.m.

Supporters and opponents of a measure that would require criminal background checks on private gun sales testified at the Oregon Capitol Wednesday.


Oregon Voters Could Consider Caps On Campaign Contributions

Northwest News Network | April 21, 2015 5:39 p.m.

State lawmakers are considering a measure that would ask voters in 2016 to approve limits on a campaign contributions.


Oregon Lawmakers Use 'Lateral Pass' To Beat Bill Deadline

Northwest News Network | April 20, 2015 3:55 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers are rushing to beat a Tuesday deadline for legislation to advance. But there's an old saying around the state capitol: No bill is truly...


Oregon Governor Urges Action On Transportation Funding

Northwest News Network | April 17, 2015 5:13 p.m.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants to drive the issue of how to unclog traffic and fix decaying bridges back into the fast lane.


Oregon Governor Supports Higher Minimum Wage

Northwest News Network | April 17, 2015 4:10 p.m.

The debate over whether to raise Oregon's minimum wage could be headed to the ballot.


Oregon Governor To Deliver State Of The State Address

Northwest News Network | April 16, 2015 5:16 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is set to deliver a State of the State address at Portland City Club Friday.


Oregon Renews Wildfire Insurance Policy

Northwest News Network | April 16, 2015 4:50 p.m.

As Northwest states brace for what's expected to be a challenging summer for fighting wildfires, Oregon has decided to renew its wildfire insurance...


Oregon House Votes To Extend Statute Of Limitations For Rape

Northwest News Network | April 15, 2015 4:08 p.m.

A measure moving through the state legislature would give rape victims in Oregon more time to come forward to report an attack.


Oregon Senate Approves Background Check Measure

Northwest News Network | April 14, 2015 4:27 p.m.

People who buy guns from private sellers in Oregon would have to clear a background check under a bill moving through the legislature.


Oregon Background Check Bill Awaiting Vote

Northwest News Network | April 13, 2015 5:49 p.m.

People who support expanding background checks to include private gun sales in Oregon have tried for three years in a row to get their proposal through...


Oregon Senate To Vote On Expanding Background Checks

Northwest News Network | April 13, 2015 5:25 p.m.

The Oregon Senate could vote Tuesday on expanding background checks to include private gun sales.


Oregon Lawmakers To Hear Minimum Wage Proposals

Northwest News Network | April 10, 2015 5:03 p.m.

The battle over raising Oregon's minimum wage will take center stage in the state legislature Monday.


Oregon Lawmakers Want To Ban Gas Vehicles From Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Northwest News Network | April 10, 2015 4:07 p.m.

We know it's illegal to park in a disabled parking spot if you don't have a permit. Now, some Oregon lawmakers want to make it a costly infraction to...


Oregon Lawmakers: No Food Stamps For Lottery Jackpot Winners

Northwest News Network | April 8, 2015 4:51 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers decided Wednesday to make it less likely for people who win big at the Oregon Lottery to keep getting public assistance.

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Oregon Lawmakers Hear Testimony On Tsunami Preparedness

Northwest News Network | April 7, 2015 5:49 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers are turning their attention to earthquake and tsunami preparedness.


Oregon K-12 Budget Heads To Governor's Desk

Northwest News Network | April 6, 2015 4:54 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers have approved a plan to spend nearly $7.3 billion on public schools. The Oregon Senate voted Monday to send the measure to Democratic...


Oregon Governor's Office Releases Cylvia Hayes Emails

Northwest News Network | April 3, 2015 5:11 p.m.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown's office has released 94,000 emails that were sent to and from former first lady Cylvia Hayes.


Oregon Lawmakers Set To Sign Off On K-12 Budget

Northwest News Network | April 3, 2015 3:28 p.m.

The Oregon Senate could give final approval Monday to a $7.3 billion spending plan for public schools.


Oregon Senate Votes To Lower 'Compulsory' School Attendance Age

Northwest News Network | April 2, 2015 5:33 p.m.

The Oregon Senate voted Thursday to lower the age that children have to enroll in school from age seven to age six.