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 | Election 2016OPB | Oct. 24, 2016 7:14 a.m. | Salem, Oregon
Oregon voters have elected a Democrat as governor eight times in a row, but Republicans are getting a bonus shot at the state's top office this year.
A long-time veteran with the Oregon Department of Corrections has been promoted to serve as the agency's interim deputy director.
Host Geoff Norcross along with OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman talk about the Secretary of State’s race, which is surprisingly interesting this year!
News | Uncategorized | Agriculture | Economy | Recreation | Business | NationOPB | Oct. 18, 2016 12:14 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
The sale of recreational marijuana continues to be brisk in Oregon. The state Department of Revenue says it collected just over $40 million in taxes on legal pot through the end of September. The money will be distributed to schools, law enforcement and drug treatment programs.
News | local | Election | Election 2016OPB | Oct. 17, 2016 5:15 p.m.
The three major party contenders for Oregon treasurer faced off Monday in a debate that often focused on the candidates' qualifications for the job.
News | local | Election | Election 2016OPB | Oct. 17, 2016 6 a.m. | Salem, Oregon
Ballots go out in the mail this week to Oregon voters. More than 2.5 million people are registered to vote in the state. That's already a record and the number could climb.
Oregonians will be able to use their drivers licenses to enter federal buildings until at least next June. That's because of an extension granted by the U.S. government this week.
Workers at one of Oregon's largest state agencies feel overworked and stressed. That's according to a survey of employees at the Oregon Department of Human Services released Wednesday.
News | Transportation | localOPB | Oct. 11, 2016 4:46 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
Drivers along U.S. Highway 20 in Oregon's Coast Range can now use a 5-mile stretch of roadway that's been under construction for more than a decade.
News | local | EnvironmentOPB | Oct. 11, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
The Oregon Department of State Lands says so far, no one has expressed interest in the 82,000 acre state property in southwest Oregon.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown discussed a potential new Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River during a phone call this week.
Two Oregon law enforcement groups say they'll support a change to how drug possession crimes are classified.
News | local | Nation | CommunitiesOPB | Sept. 26, 2016 2:23 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed a new head of the state agency that handles affordable housing. The announcement comes as lawmakers gear up to tackle housing issues next year.
Supporters of legislation to strengthen the rights of renters in Oregon rallied at the state capitol in Salem on Thursday. Speakers at the rally say they want more stable rent prices and policies.
A work group that's looking at ways to improve safety on college campuses issued its draft recommendations to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Thursday.
A new report highlights the challenges faced by women and girls in Oregon. The report found that Oregon has one of the highest rates of sexual or domestic violence in the nation.
Voters in the Columbia River Gorge approved a measure aimed at blocking Nestle from putting in a water bottling plant. But four months later, activists are still protesting.