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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

local | Politics | News

Staffing Changes At Oregon Governor's Office

OPB | Dec. 9, 2016 11:28 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has hired two lobbyists to serve in senior roles at her State Capitol office.

local | NW Life | Election | Politics | News

Oregon Secretary Of State 'Taken Aback' By Fake Election News

OPB | Dec. 2, 2016 5 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins says she was "taken aback" by the amount of misinformation that surrounded Oregon's recent election process. In a speech at Salem City Club, Atkins said even her own Facebook friends were sharing bad information.

local | Politics | News | Economy

Governor's Budget Avoids Corporate Taxes Like Those In Failed Measure 97

OPB | Dec. 1, 2016 4:39 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown rolled out a two-year spending plan Thursday at the state Capitol. The proposal tackles a $1.7 billion budget shortfall with a mix of program cuts and tax hikes.

local | News

Familiar Faces To Hold Leadership Posts In Oregon Legislature

OPB | Nov. 24, 2016 6:15 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

When the 2017 Oregon Legislature convenes in January, there will be familiar faces in most of the key leadership posts.

Nation | Health | Family | Economy | local | News

Oregon Set To Eliminate Financial Catch-22 For People With Disabilities

OPB | Nov. 23, 2016 5:06 p.m.

Oregonians with disabilities will soon be able to save money without losing their state and federal benefits. That's due to a newly created program rolling out Dec. 6.

local | Education | News

Oregon's Homeless Student Population Rises For 3rd Year In A Row

OPB | Nov. 22, 2016 4:12 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A report released Tuesday by the state Department of Education shows that nearly 4 percent of Oregon students are experiencing housing instability.

local | News

Food Insecurity Rises In Oregon, Bucking National Decline

OPB | Nov. 21, 2016 7:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The latest figures show the rate of food insecurity rose by more than 18 percent in Oregon.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Governor Appoints New Lottery, Agriculture Chiefs

OPB | Nov. 18, 2016 3:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday she's appointing Alexis Taylor to head the Department of Agriculture, and Barry Pack to head the Oregon Lottery.

local | Business | News

2 Prominent Oregon Business Groups Announce Merger

OPB | Nov. 17, 2016 3:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon Business Association and Associated Oregon Industries say they'll combine their efforts following the 2017 legislative session.

Oregon Revenue Outlook Sets Up Challenging Budget Cycle

OPB | Nov. 16, 2016 7:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon's revenue projection is holding mostly steady heading into the upcoming legislative session. That was the message Wednesday from state economists. It means that lawmakers will likely have to make program cuts or create new revenue sources in order to balance the budget.

local | Politics | Election | News | Election 2016

After Election, What's Next For Oregon's Independent Party?

OPB | Nov. 15, 2016 5:28 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Independent Party of Oregon is looking ahead after its first time being on a general election ballot as a major party.

local | News | Food

Oregon Falls Behind In Food Safety Inspections

OPB | Nov. 15, 2016 4:39 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

An audit released Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State finds that the Oregon Department of Agriculture is behind schedule for nearly one in four businesses subject to state inspection.

local | Election | News | Election 2016

Turnout Of Automatically Registered Oregon Voters Tops 40 Percent

OPB | Nov. 14, 2016 6:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Forty-two percent of Oregonians who were automatically registered to vote did so in this month's election.

local | Election | News | Election 2016

Oregon Turnout: Record High Numbers But Not Record High Percentage

OPB | Nov. 10, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

More Oregonians voted in this month's election than in any previous election in state history. But the turnout rate was still not a record.

local | Politics | Election | News | Election 2016

Should Oregon Secede? Initiative Seeks To Ask Oregon Voters That Question

OPB | Nov. 10, 2016 12:26 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregonians could be voting in two years on whether they want to remain a part of the United States. Sponsors of the Oregon Secession Act submitted the initial paperwork just after Tuesday's election.

local | Politics | Election | News | Election 2016

Oregon Elects Kate Brown As Governor

OPB | Nov. 8, 2016 7 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Kate Brown won the governor's race in the Beaver State. She will serve the final two years of John Kitzhaber's term.

local | Environment | News

Ruling Puts Cascade Locks 1 Small Step Closer To Bottling Plant

OPB | Nov. 7, 2016 7 p.m.

Opponents of a possible water bottling plant in the Columbia Gorge are weighing their options now that a judge has approved a water rights transfer that's key to the plant's existence.

local | News

Audit: Oregon Agency Engaged In 'Inappropriate Grant Management'

OPB | Nov. 2, 2016 4:37 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A new state audit says the Oregon agency that monitors natural hazards has engaged in some questionable fiscal practices.

local | Politics | Election | News | Election 2016

What Happens To Your Oregon Ballot Before It's Counted?

OPB | Oct. 28, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregonians are returning their ballots at a faster pace so far than either of the past two presidential elections. But what happens to all those ballots before they get counted?

local | News

State's Top Civil Rights Lawyer Sues Oregon DOJ

OPB | Oct. 26, 2016 5:20 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The top civil rights lawyer at the Oregon Department of Justice is suing his employer. Erious Johnson alleged in a lawsuit filed in federal court that the agency violated his civil rights.