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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

News | local

Oregon Incumbents May Soon Find It Harder To 'Handpick' Successors

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 5:33 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers who are trying to decide whether to seek re-election would have to make up their minds sooner under a measure introduced Thursday.

Land use | Environment | Politics | News

Oregon Lawmakers Debate Whether To Study Federal-To-State Land Transfers

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 3:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The bill would create a task force that would study the feasibility and cost of pursuing such transfers. Conservation groups oppose it.

News | local

Proposed Measure Aims To Zero Out Traffic Fatalities In Oregon

OPB | Feb. 15, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would push the state toward adopting a traffic safety program with the goal of eventually zeroing out all traffic fatalities.

News | local | Politics

Oregon Measure Would Require More Disclosure From Lobbyists

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 6 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering making lobbyists provide more information about the bills they're pushing.

News | Family | local | Politics

Rear-Facing Until 2? Oregon Lawmakers Consider Change To Car Seat Law

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Young children in Oregon would have to sit in rear-facing car seats until they turn 2 under a measure being considered in Salem. If approved, Oregon would join four other states, including California, that have a similar requirement.

News | local | History | NW Life

Oregon SOS Launches Crowdfunding Effort To Restore Original State Constitution

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon's Secretary of State is launching a fundraising campaign to restore the original state constitution. Dennis Richardson says about $100,000 is needed to preserve the fragile document and build a modern display case to protect it.

News | local | Economy | Business | Politics

Oregon Public Employees Paint Dire Picture As PERS Comes Up For Debate

OPB | Feb. 13, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The future of Oregon's public pension system is up for debate at the state capitol. A Senate panel kicked off a series of public hearings Monday on a proposal to rein in costs.

News | local | Politics

Tax Debate Gearing Up In Salem

OPB | Feb. 13, 2017 5:26 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The future of Oregon's public pension system is up for debate at the state capitol. A Senate panel kicked off a series of public hearings Monday on a proposal to rein in costs.

News | local | Politics

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Measure To Expand Self-Service Gas

OPB | Feb. 10, 2017 4:20 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering a proposal that would open the door to allowing more people to pump their own gas. It's an expansion of a previous loosening of the state's ban on self-service gasoline.

News | local | Politics

Lawmakers Ask Oregonians For Input On Budget Gap

OPB | Feb. 10, 2017 2:40 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregonians will have their chance to weigh in on the state's spending plan during a series of public hearings around the state.

NW Life | Education | local | History | News

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Proposal To Expand Teaching Of Native American Studies

OPB | Feb. 9, 2017 5:46 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Students in Oregon would learn more about the history and culture of the state's Native American tribes under a proposal being considered by state lawmakers.

Education | local | NW Life | News

Oregon Lawmakers Debate Whether To Alter Or Delay Measure 98 Rollout

OPB | Feb. 8, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Discussions are underway in Oregon's capital over whether to change or delay implementation of a voter-approved ballot measure on high school education.

News | local | Politics

Group Wants Oregon To Allow Bans On Genetically Engineered Crops

OPB | Feb. 8, 2017 5 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Some Oregon farming groups want counties to regulate or even ban genetically engineered crops. The state Legislature took away that right in 2013 during a special session.  

News | local | Politics

Oregon Bill Would Limit Solitary Confinement Of Youth Offenders

OPB | Feb. 8, 2017 3:13 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would officially limit solitary confinement in Oregon Youth Authority facilities.

News | local | Economy | Politics

Oregon Bills Target Gender Wage Gap

OPB | Feb. 7, 2017 4:50 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering proposals aimed at making sure women are paid the same rate as men for similar work. Two measures were introduced this week.

Transportation | News | local

Oregon Transportation Package Might Not Single Out Specific Projects

OPB | Feb. 6, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A joint House and Senate panel of the Oregon legislature is getting down to work this month on crafting a massive transportation funding package.

News | local | Economy | Politics

Oregon Budget Writers Get Down To Business This Week

OPB | Feb. 5, 2017 8:15 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Budget writers in the Oregon Legislature are getting down to business this week. And soon the public will have a chance to weigh in on how to bridge an expected $1.8 billion budget hole.

News | local | Health

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Measure To Raise Smoking Age To 21

OPB | Feb. 1, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Some Oregon lawmakers want to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The measure would make Oregon one of three states with a tobacco age limit that high.

News | local | Politics

Oregon Legislative Session To Kick Off Amid Budget Questions

OPB | Jan. 31, 2017 6:02 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The 2017 session of the Oregon Legislature kicks off Wednesday. Discussions over the state's budget shortfall are likely to dominate the next five months.

News | local | Politics

Oregon Republican Rep. Vic Gilliam Steps Down

OPB | Jan. 30, 2017 3:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon state Rep. Vic Gilliam has announced his resignation. The Republican from Silverton disclosed in 2015 that he was facing a diagnosis of ALS. His decision to step down is effective this Wednesday, the first day of the 2017 legislative session.