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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

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Oregon Lawmakers To Decide The Future Of No-Cause Evictions

OPB | March 23, 2017 5:18 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Landlords in Oregon have almost unlimited power to kick out tenants. Now, as state lawmakers grapple with a statewide housing crisis, they consider eliminating no-cause evictions.

local | News

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Paid Family Leave Proposal

OPB | March 23, 2017 4:30 p.m.

Oregon businesses would have to offer employees paid time off to care for children or family members under a bill being considered in Salem.

local | News

Oregon Lawmakers Could Pass License Upgrade Costs On To Consumers

OPB | March 20, 2017 8:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

State-issued identification doesn't meet federal security requirements, and Oregon lawmakers are floating an idea that would have Oregonians individually pay to fix the issue.

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Oregon Lawmakers Consider New 'Ethnic Studies' Curriculum For Schools

OPB | March 20, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon students would learn more about the history of ethnic and social minorities under a measure being considered by state lawmakers.

local | Politics | News | Education

Should Oregon's Top Education Official Be An Elected Office Again?

OPB | March 17, 2017 3:34 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow Oregonians to once again vote for the state’s top education official.

News | Education

Education Advocates Press Oregon Budget Committee For More Funding

OPB | March 16, 2017 1:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Education advocates made their case for increased school funding in front of Oregon lawmakers Thursday.

News | Politics

Oregon Lawmakers Advance Measure To Streamline Transgender Document Changes

OPB | March 15, 2017 5 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would make it easier for transgender people to change their identity on government documents.

local | News | Politics

State Workers Could Soon Keep Airline Miles Earned On Oregon Taxpayers' Dime

OPB | March 14, 2017 4 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would let state workers keep the frequent flyer miles they earn while traveling on official business. The measure passed the Senate on Tuesday.

local | Politics | News | Education

Advocates Urge Oregon Lawmakers To Find Money For Voter-Approved Measure 98

OPB | March 13, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Supporters of a voter-approved ballot measure on high school education are pressing hard for Oregon lawmakers to fully fund the initiative.

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Changes To Mortgage Interest Deduction

OPB | March 9, 2017 5:42 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering scaling back the state's tax deduction for mortgage interest.

local | News | Politics

Bill Would Give Oregon Foster Kids The Ability To Switch Case Workers

OPB | March 8, 2017 4:55 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would let children age 12 and older switch their foster care case workers.

local | News | Politics

Oregon Once Again Considers Recording Grand Juries

OPB | March 8, 2017 12:55 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are debating whether testimony in front of grand juries should be recorded. It's not the first time the proposal has surfaced.

local | News | Politics

Measure Would Penalize Politicians Who Lie To Oregon Voters

OPB | March 7, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon politicians would have to tell the truth on the statements they file in the voter pamphlet under a measure being considered at the state Legislature.

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Oregon, Washington Lawmakers Eye Crackdown On Distracted Driving

OPB | March 7, 2017 2:47 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Lawmakers in Salem and Olympia are debating measures intended to crack down on distracted driving.

local | News | Politics

Oregon Bill Would Allow 16-Year-Olds To Register To Vote

OPB | March 6, 2017 5:32 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Sixteen-year-olds could register to vote under a bill being considered by Oregon lawmakers.

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Oregon AG: Profiling Bill Could Fill In Gaps Of 2015 Law

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

Oregon law enforcement agencies would have to track the race and sex of everyone they initiate contact with under a measure being considered at the state Capitol.

local | Nation | News | Politics

'OPB Politics Now': Roads And Bridges

OPB | March 3, 2017 11:30 a.m.

President Trump wants to spend a trillion dollars on roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. That’s good news to Oregon, where the roads and bridges need a lot of work.

local | News | Politics

Gresham Christian Cake Makers Appeal Fine On Religious Freedom Grounds

OPB | March 2, 2017 5:50 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The case of the Christian bakers from Gresham who refused to make a wedding cake for two women reached the Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday.

local | News | Politics

Oregon Lawmakers Hear Arguments For And Against No-Cause Evictions

OPB | March 2, 2017 12:43 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

With Oregon’s biggest cities in a housing crunch, lawmakers are considering a measure that would require landlords to give specific reasons for evicting a tenant.

local | News

Gresham Bakery Owners In Same-Sex Cake Case Go To Court Thursday

OPB | March 1, 2017 7 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

An Oregon court will hear arguments Thursday in a case involving a bakery owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.