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


Jeanne Atkins Named Oregon's Next Secretary Of State

Northwest News Network | March 6, 2015 2:48 p.m.

Oregon's new Secretary of State will be Jeanne Atkins. Governor Kate Brown made the announcement Friday. Atkins is a long-time political staffer who's...


Oregon Democrats Move Quickly On Top Priorities

Northwest News Network | March 5, 2015 5:09 p.m.

Legislative Democrats in Oregon are keeping their promise to quickly use their larger majorities to their advantage.


In Oregon, Getting A Drivers License Could Soon Mean You're Registered To Vote

Northwest News Network | March 5, 2015 3 p.m.

The number of registered voters in Oregon could soon increase dramatically.


Oregon Lawmakers Send Low Carbon Fuel Standard Bill To Governor

Northwest News Network | March 4, 2015 5:43 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers Wednesday approved a measure aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions.


Northwest Lawmakers Mull Higher Speed Limits

Northwest News Network | March 3, 2015 5:10 p.m.

Some Northwest lawmakers want you to be able to drive faster. Bills in both Oregon and Washington would increase the speed limit on some sections of...


Oregon House Approves Ban On Selling E-Cigarettes To Kids

Northwest News Network | March 2, 2015 4:24 p.m.

Oregon is one of a handful of states that doesn't restrict the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The Oregon House voted Monday to change that.


Oregon Lawmakers Vote To Dissolve Health Insurance Exchange

Northwest News Network | Feb. 27, 2015 10:40 p.m.

Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange is one step closer to being dismantled.


U.S. Attorney Asks Oregon To Pause Investigation Of Kitzhaber

Northwest News Network | Feb. 27, 2015 10:39 p.m.

The state probe into ethics allegations against former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is being halted, at least for now.


Oregon Lawmakers Begin Education Funding Debate

Northwest News Network | Feb. 27, 2015 4:01 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers are set to open debate on the biggest chunk of the state budget.


Oregon Capitol Awaits Signals From New Governor

Northwest News Network | Feb. 27, 2015 10:20 a.m.

Kate Brown became Governor of Oregon without the messy business of running a campaign.


Oregon Governor Says Past Votes Don't Bind Her Future Policy Decisions

Northwest News Network | Feb. 26, 2015 4:01 p.m.

Oregon's new governor Kate Brown said Thursday that votes she took as a state lawmaker aren't necessarily a sign of where she stands on present-day...


Electric Vehicle Backers Push For Tax Incentives

Northwest News Network | Feb. 25, 2015 5:40 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers are considering a possible hike in the gas tax this session. Supporters say it's needed in order to offset stagnant revenues due to...


Oregon Requests Probe Of Email Leak

Northwest News Network | Feb. 23, 2015 4:55 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services has requested a criminal investigation over the matter of who leaked some sensitive emails to the media.


New Oregon Governor Continues Moratorium On Executions

Northwest News Network | Feb. 20, 2015 4:23 p.m.

Oregon's new governor Kate Brown said she'll continue a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty.


Kate Brown Tells Reporters She Wants To 'Put My Own Imprint On Oregon'

Northwest News Network | Feb. 20, 2015 2:54 p.m.

Oregon's new governor promised continuity for the most part as she faced the press for the first time since taking the oath of office on Wednesday.


Oregon Economists Predicting 'Likely' Kicker

Northwest News Network | Feb. 19, 2015 3:01 p.m.

Oregon taxpayers could receive an unexpected windfall next year.


Kate Brown Sworn In As Oregon Governor

Northwest News Network | Feb. 18, 2015 10:54 a.m.

Kate Brown has been sworn in as Oregon's 38th governor.

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Oregon Ushers One Governor Out, Another One In On Wednesday

Northwest News Network | Feb. 18, 2015 5:59 a.m.

Secretary of State Kate Brown will become the second woman to serve as Oregon's governor. She replaces fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber who is resigning amid a criminal ethics investigation.


Oregon Secretary Of State To Be Sworn In As Governor

Northwest News Network | Feb. 17, 2015 5:37 p.m.

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown will be sworn in as governor Wednesday morning.


Kitzhaber Announces His Resignation Amid Multiple Investigations

Northwest News Network | Feb. 13, 2015 11:38 p.m.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is resigning amidst multiple ongoing criminal investigations.