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.
Nation | News | Communities | NW Life | Environment | World | Politics | Climate changeOPB | Jan. 17, 2017 11:12 a.m. | Bend, Oregon
The backlash against Donald Trump's election has been intense in places such as Portland and Seattle -- cities that overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton. But east of the Cascades, opponents of the president-elect are working more quietly.
Amid a busy news week, you might have missed Kate Brown being sworn in as Oregon’s Governor.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signaled Monday that she'll make a strong push with state legislators for a transportation funding package. She'll likely need support from both Republicans and Democrats to make it happen.
Members of the 2017 Oregon Legislature gathered in Salem Monday to take the oath of office.
In just five years, Teresa Alonso Leon went from brand-new citizen to an elected member of the Oregon House of Representatives. She's part of a new crop of lawmakers taking the oath of office Monday.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will be sworn in for another two years Monday.
Oregon has a new state treasurer. Democrat Tobias Read took the oath of office Friday afternoon at the state capitol. He was elected in November to replace Ted Wheeler, who is now Portland's mayor.
Oregon will soon have its first Republican secretary of state in more than three decades. Dennis Richardson is set to take the oath of office Friday.
Business | local | Recreation | NewsOPB | Dec. 28, 2016 midnight | Salem, Oregon
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon have until the end of December to sell to recreational users without a new license.
If you're planning on a state income tax refund in Oregon, you may have to wait a little longer in 2017. The Oregon Department of Revenue says it won't issue any refunds before February 15. The agency says the move is meant to combat fraud.
Oregon's agency devoted to economic development should provide more transparency about how its incentives are being used, according to a newly released audit.
Election | local | Politics | News | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Dec. 19, 2016 4:30 p.m.
They may not change history. But four Washington electors made history Monday when they broke ranks and voted for alternative candidates for president and vice president.
Election | local | Politics | News | Election 2016OPB | Dec. 16, 2016 5:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
Monday is the day when members of the Electoral College cast their votes. Oregon's seven electors will gather in the state Senate chambers in Salem at 11 a.m.
Water | local | News | EnvironmentOPB | Dec. 16, 2016 2:50 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
The review by the Oregon Secretary of State's office finds the agency doesn't have enough staff to adequately monitor and analyze water usage across the state.
A vacant seat in the Oregon Senate will soon belong to an African-American Army veteran from Eugene. The Lane County Board of Commissioners made the selection Wednesday.
Law enforcement officers in Oregon would be required to collect data on the race, ethnicity, age and sex of people they pull over.
Oregon lawmakers have decided they need more time to decide whether to fund a second women's prison in the state.