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.
Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins says she was "taken aback" by the amount of misinformation that surrounded Oregon's recent election process. In a speech at Salem City Club, Atkins said even her own Facebook friends were sharing bad information.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown rolled out a two-year spending plan Thursday at the state Capitol. The proposal tackles a $1.7 billion budget shortfall with a mix of program cuts and tax hikes.
When the 2017 Oregon Legislature convenes in January, there will be familiar faces in most of the key leadership posts.
Oregonians with disabilities will soon be able to save money without losing their state and federal benefits. That's due to a newly created program rolling out Dec. 6.
A report released Tuesday by the state Department of Education shows that nearly 4 percent of Oregon students are experiencing housing instability.
The latest figures show the rate of food insecurity rose by more than 18 percent in Oregon.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday she's appointing Alexis Taylor to head the Department of Agriculture, and Barry Pack to head the Oregon Lottery.
The Oregon Business Association and Associated Oregon Industries say they'll combine their efforts following the 2017 legislative session.
Oregon's revenue projection is holding mostly steady heading into the upcoming legislative session. That was the message Wednesday from state economists. It means that lawmakers will likely have to make program cuts or create new revenue sources in order to balance the budget.
An audit released Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State finds that the Oregon Department of Agriculture is behind schedule for nearly one in four businesses subject to state inspection.
local | Election | News | Election 2016OPB | Nov. 14, 2016 6:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
Forty-two percent of Oregonians who were automatically registered to vote did so in this month's election.
local | Election | News | Election 2016OPB | Nov. 10, 2016 5:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
More Oregonians voted in this month's election than in any previous election in state history. But the turnout rate was still not a record.
local | Politics | Election | News | Election 2016OPB | Nov. 10, 2016 12:26 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
Oregonians could be voting in two years on whether they want to remain a part of the United States. Sponsors of the Oregon Secession Act submitted the initial paperwork just after Tuesday's election.
local | Environment | NewsOPB | Nov. 7, 2016 7 p.m.
Opponents of a possible water bottling plant in the Columbia Gorge are weighing their options now that a judge has approved a water rights transfer that's key to the plant's existence.
A new state audit says the Oregon agency that monitors natural hazards has engaged in some questionable fiscal practices.
local | Politics | Election | News | Election 2016OPB | Oct. 28, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
Oregonians are returning their ballots at a faster pace so far than either of the past two presidential elections. But what happens to all those ballots before they get counted?