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 lawmakers who are trying to decide whether to seek re-election would have to make up their minds sooner under a measure introduced Thursday.
Land use | Environment | Politics | NewsOPB | Feb. 16, 2017 3:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
The bill would create a task force that would study the feasibility and cost of pursuing such transfers. Conservation groups oppose it.
Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would push the state toward adopting a traffic safety program with the goal of eventually zeroing out all traffic fatalities.
Oregon lawmakers are considering making lobbyists provide more information about the bills they're pushing.
Young children in Oregon would have to sit in rear-facing car seats until they turn 2 under a measure being considered in Salem. If approved, Oregon would join four other states, including California, that have a similar requirement.
Oregon's Secretary of State is launching a fundraising campaign to restore the original state constitution. Dennis Richardson says about $100,000 is needed to preserve the fragile document and build a modern display case to protect it.
The future of Oregon's public pension system is up for debate at the state capitol. A Senate panel kicked off a series of public hearings Monday on a proposal to rein in costs.
Oregon lawmakers are considering a proposal that would open the door to allowing more people to pump their own gas. It's an expansion of a previous loosening of the state's ban on self-service gasoline.
Students in Oregon would learn more about the history and culture of the state's Native American tribes under a proposal being considered by state lawmakers.
Discussions are underway in Oregon's capital over whether to change or delay implementation of a voter-approved ballot measure on high school education.
Some Oregon farming groups want counties to regulate or even ban genetically engineered crops. The state Legislature took away that right in 2013 during a special session.
Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would officially limit solitary confinement in Oregon Youth Authority facilities.
Transportation | News | localOPB | Feb. 6, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
A joint House and Senate panel of the Oregon legislature is getting down to work this month on crafting a massive transportation funding package.
Budget writers in the Oregon Legislature are getting down to business this week. And soon the public will have a chance to weigh in on how to bridge an expected $1.8 billion budget hole.
Some Oregon lawmakers want to raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The measure would make Oregon one of three states with a tobacco age limit that high.
The 2017 session of the Oregon Legislature kicks off Wednesday. Discussions over the state's budget shortfall are likely to dominate the next five months.
Oregon state Rep. Vic Gilliam has announced his resignation. The Republican from Silverton disclosed in 2015 that he was facing a diagnosis of ALS. His decision to step down is effective this Wednesday, the first day of the 2017 legislative session.