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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 | Election | Politics | local | Election 2016

Lawmakers Tour Oregon To Get Input For Transportation Package

Northwest News Network | June 30, 2016 2:30 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers will try once again next year to round up support for a major transportation funding package.

News | Business | local

Think Tank Says Oregon Corporations' Share Of Tax Burden Is Declining

Northwest News Network | June 29, 2016 8 p.m.

A newly released report from the left-leaning Oregon Center for Public Policy has found that Oregon corporations today are paying a smaller portion of the state's income and property taxes than they did 40 years ago.

News | local

Thousands Attend Evangelist Franklin Graham's Rally At Oregon Capitol

Northwest News Network | June 28, 2016 8 p.m.

The evangelist who was a part of the negotiations that ended the 41-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in February returned to Oregon Tuesday.


Oregon Lawmakers Grill State Energy Department's Leader

Northwest News Network | June 27, 2016 7:15 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers continued to debate the future of the state's Department of Energy on Monday, when a special legislative panel grilled the leader of that agency against the backdrop of a potential criminal investigation.

News | Politics | local

Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect Investigation Into Kitzhaber, Hayes

Northwest News Network | June 27, 2016 7:15 p.m.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a federal corruption case involving the former governor of Virginia could have implications in Oregon.

News | Politics | Election | Education | local | Election 2016

Initiative To Boost Oregon Graduation Rates 1 Step Closer To Ballot

Northwest News Network | June 23, 2016 5:57 p.m.

The initiative would require the state to invest in dropout-prevention, as well as college and career readiness programs in Oregon high schools.


Education Officials Mull Costs As Oregon Districts Prepare To Test For Lead

Northwest News Network | June 23, 2016 5:45 p.m.

School officials are asking how quickly can lead testing be done and how much will it cost.

News | Election | Politics | local | Election 2016

Oregon Governor Won't Debate Until September

Northwest News Network | June 22, 2016 3:09 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she won't debate her Republican challenger until September at the earliest. Brown declined an appearance at the traditional opening debate.

News | NW Life | local | Lead In The Water

Gov. Kate Brown Wants Annual Toxics Reports From Oregon Schools

Northwest News Network | June 21, 2016 3 p.m. | Portland

The move stems from the recent discovery of elevated lead levels in drinking water at two Portland Public Schools campuses and the ongoing public relations crisis that followed.


Feds Kick In Money For Oregon Disaster Recovery

Northwest News Network | June 20, 2016 6:15 p.m.

Oregon is getting some federal aid to help pay for damages sustained during a series of strong winter storms.

News | Election | Politics | local | Election 2016

Perennial Candidate Mark Callahan Heads For His Biggest Stage Yet. But How?

Northwest News Network | June 19, 2016 9:15 a.m.

If it's an election year, Mark Callahan's name is probably on the ballot in Oregon.

News | Election | Politics | local | Election 2016

Oregon Primary Race Decided With Roll Of The Dice

Northwest News Network | June 17, 2016 2:40 p.m.

No, really. The Independent Party primary in Oregon's House District 30 was decided by rolling dice after two candidates received an equal number of write-in votes.

News | Education | local

No Oregon School Districts Have Submitted Radon Testing Plans To State

Northwest News Network | June 16, 2016 6:15 p.m.

Not a single school district has told the state of Oregon how it plans to test for radon gas. Every district in the state is required to do so by September 1.

Economy | News | Business | Politics | local

Oregon Issues Rules In Advance Of New Minimum Wage Law

Northwest News Network | June 15, 2016 5:56 p.m.

Oregon employers have new guidance from the state on how much to pay their employees when the state's minimum wage goes up next month.

Economy | News | Politics | local

State Finds 4 Oregon Counties Still Merit Extra Scrutiny

Northwest News Network | June 14, 2016 3:58 p.m.

Four county governments in Oregon are still struggling enough that the state should continue to monitor their financial condition.


Oregon Lawmakers Hit The Road To Examine Roads

Northwest News Network | June 10, 2016 5 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers are hitting the road Monday to get a first-hand look at the state's traffic choke points.


Lawmakers, Providers Watch As Oregon DHS Prepares To Update Foster Care Rules

Northwest News Network | June 8, 2016 5:37 p.m.

A bill that makes sweeping changes to Oregon's oversight of foster care providers takes effect next month. The reforms were proposed after numerous media reports of abuse and neglect at several foster care providers.

local | Oil Trains In The Northwest

No Oil Trains Through Derailment Site For Now As Groups Push For Longer Ban

Northwest News Network | June 7, 2016 5:44 p.m.

Following Friday's derailment in the Columbia Gorge, environmental groups are petitioning the Obama administration to ban rail transport of the most...

News | Election | Politics | Nation | local | Election 2016

Oregon Republicans Choose Delegates For National Convention

Northwest News Network | June 4, 2016 6:01 p.m.

Many in the Oregon GOP spoke less of Donald Trump and more of the need to stand firm on Republican principles.

Economy | News | Business | local

Strong Job Gains Boost Oregon's Revenue Outlook

Northwest News Network | June 3, 2016 7:15 p.m.

Oregon's economy continues to be strong. That's according to the latest revenue forecast from state economists, which was delivered Friday at the capitol in Salem.