Salem Correspondent, Northwest News Network
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.
News | local | Politics | Election 2016Northwest 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.
Delegates from Oregon and Washington officially cast their votes for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.
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.
Two initiatives — one focused on voter privacy and the other on emergency clauses in the legislature — have failed to qualify for the Oregon ballot.
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.
Oregonians will vote on an initiative that aims to increase the state's high school graduation rate.
Some Oregon corporations will likely change their structure and behavior to lessen the impact of a tax hike headed for the November ballot.
Friday was the deadline to turn in signatures for initiative campaigns hoping to place a measure on the November ballot in Oregon.
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.
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 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.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a federal corruption case involving the former governor of Virginia could have implications in Oregon.
The initiative would require the state to invest in dropout-prevention, as well as college and career readiness programs in Oregon high schools.
School officials are asking how quickly can lead testing be done and how much will it cost.
News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016Northwest 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 WaterNorthwest 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.