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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

Politics | Education | local | News

Oregon Bill Would Shield Sexual Assault Victims From Underage Drinking Charges

OPB | April 25, 2017 4:25 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Sexual assault victims under age 21 could come forward to police without being cited for underage alcohol possession under a measure moving ahead in the Oregon Legislature.

Economy | News | local | Politics

Bipartisan Oregon Lawmakers Unveil Proposal To Reel In State Spending

OPB | April 21, 2017 12:47 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers unveiled a proposal Friday to reel in state spending during the upcoming budget cycle.

Politics | local | Environment | News

State Grants To Help Oregon Schools, Hospitals Withstand Major Earthquake

OPB | April 21, 2017 12:20 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The state of Oregon has announced a new round of taxpayer-funded grants to help schools and other public buildings better withstand a major earthquake.

Politics | News

OPB Politics Now: What’s Dead And What’s Alive?

OPB | April 21, 2017 10:45 a.m.

Halfway through the legislative session, we talk about which bills are "dead" and which ones are moving forward.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Governor Orders 2-Month State Government Hiring Freeze

OPB | April 20, 2017 4:51 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's executive order does not apply to positions considered critical to life, health or public safety. It also doesn’t apply to jobs that generate revenue for the state.

Politics | News | local

Now Dead In Salem: Taxing Carbon Emissions, Statewide Uber Laws, Kicking Dogs From Laps

OPB | April 19, 2017 4:48 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers have a better sense of what's remaining on their agenda. That's because a key deadline for measures to advance has passed.

Health | Education | News | Politics | Business | local

Budget Writers Warn 350,000 Oregonians Could Lose Health Coverage

OPB | April 18, 2017 6:30 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Budget writers at the Oregon Legislature are warning of deep cuts to health care and education.

Nation | News

Technical Error Nearly Takes Down Oregon Gun Bills

OPB | April 17, 2017 3:02 p.m. | Legislature Hears From Supporters, Opponents Of Gun Bills

Oregon lawmakers heard public testimony Monday on a set of bills to regulate guns.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Legislature To Hold Public Hearings On Gun Bills Monday

OPB | April 16, 2017 1:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for a pair of hearings Monday on a set of bills that would regulate firearms.

Politics | News | local

Bill To Hike Oregon Income Taxes Isn't What It Seems

OPB | April 13, 2017 5:13 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

What happens if the Oregon Legislature holds a hearing on a tax increase and no one shows up to testify?

An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Oregon Lawmakers Table Bill Creating Crime Of 'Militia Terrorism'

OPB | April 12, 2017 6:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers won't vote on a measure that would create a new crime called "militia terrorism." That announcement came from a key lawmaker Wednesday during a hearing on the bill, which drew plenty of opposition.

NW Life | Education | local | News

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Bill To Delay, Relax Physical Education Requirements

OPB | April 11, 2017 6:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon schools might get a break when it comes to providing physical education classes.

Politics | Education | local | News

Oregon Governor Urges Higher Education Panel To Scrutinize Tuition Increases

OPB | April 11, 2017 5:48 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Governor Kate Brown is leaning on the state's public college and universities to curb tuition increases.

NW Life | News | local

Oregon Voters Would Retain 'Active' Status Longer Under Rule Change

OPB | April 11, 2017 1:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson says he'll restore ballot access to roughly 60,000 Oregonians whose voting status had been changed to "inactive." 

News | local

Data On Oregon's Marijuana Users Headed For Greater Protection

OPB | April 10, 2017 5 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

People who legally buy marijuana in Oregon would enjoy a greater level of privacy under a measure headed for Gov. Kate Brown.

News | local

Measure Would Require Rear-Facing Car Seats Until Age 2 In Oregon

OPB | April 10, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Parents would have to keep their small children in rear-facing car seats until they turn 2 under a bill approved Monday in the Oregon House.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Bill Would Require Lobbyists To Publicly State Positions On Measures

OPB | April 6, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Lobbyists in Oregon would have to publicly disclose their positions on bills they're trying to influence under a measure approved by the state House Thursday.

History | News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Politics | local

Meadowlark's Days May Be Numbered As Oregon's State Bird

OPB | April 6, 2017 4:06 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

When it comes to Oregon's state bird, it could soon be out with the meadowlark and in with the osprey.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Lawmaker Thinks Politicians Should Be Able To Have Duels

OPB | April 5, 2017 4:08 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Should Oregon politicians be allowed to engage in duels? One state lawmaker thinks so.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Is 1 Step Closer To Rent Control, Restricting No-Cause Evictions

OPB | April 3, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon House narrowly voted Tuesday to ban most no-cause evictions and to allow cities to pass local rent control ordinances.