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.
A new state-sponsored retirement plan for private-sector workers in Oregon has cleared a key federal hurdle.
Oregon's foster care system is being pushed to its limits and failing to put in place remedies for ongoing problems.
Election | Politics | local | News | Election 2016OPB | Aug. 25, 2016 12:16 p.m.
Host Geoff Norcross is joined by OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes, state political reporter Chris Lehman, and news director Anna Griffin.
local | Environment | NewsNorthwest News Network | Aug. 23, 2016 5:43 p.m.
Three consecutive summers of severe wildfires have stretched the resources of the state's agency dedicated to forest management.
Results are mixed 20 years after welfare reform was enacted. The new program did work for millions of families, but many are worse off. And assistance is very different depending on where you live.
Delegates from Oregon and Washington officially cast their votes for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Tuesday at the party's national convention in Philadelphia.
Even though Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, you can't legally buy the stuff in more than 100 Oregon communities.
Politics | local | News | Election 2016Northwest News Network | July 22, 2016 5:36 p.m.
Oregonians will vote this fall on whether to fully fund an outdoor education program for the state's fifth and sixth graders.
Delegates from Oregon and Washington officially cast their votes for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.
Now that an initiative that aims to increase Oregon's high school graduation rate has qualified for the ballot, backers are rolling out details of their campaign.
Two initiatives — one focused on voter privacy and the other on emergency clauses in the legislature — have failed to qualify for the Oregon ballot.
Opponents of a corporate tax measure in Oregon are raising big money to defeat it this fall. And OPB is headed to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. We have your primer.
Oregonians will vote on an initiative that aims to increase the state's high school graduation rate.
Some Oregon corporations will likely change their structure and behavior to lessen the impact of a tax hike headed for the November ballot.
Friday was the deadline to turn in signatures for initiative campaigns hoping to place a measure on the November ballot in Oregon.
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.