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Salem Correspondent

Chris Lehman

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for 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 NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.

Chris is a native of rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was born in the upstairs bedroom of his grandmother's house, and grew up in a 230-year-old log cabin in the woods. Chris traces his interest in journalism to his childhood, when his parents threatened to take away his newspaper if he didn’t do his chores.

In addition to working full time in public radio for the past decade, Chris has also reported from overseas on a freelance basis. He's filed stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda. He lives in Salem with his wife and child.

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Recent Articles


Oregon Prepares Pay-By-The-Mile Tax

Northwest News Network | May 29, 2015 4:49 p.m.

When you buy gas for your car, you're paying a flat, per-gallon tax. But Oregon is starting a new program July 1 that would change things.


Oregon House Approves Measure Meant To Beef Up Ethics Commission

Northwest News Network | May 28, 2015 3:35 p.m.

Oregon's Ethics Commission would have to speed up its investigations under a measure approved in the Oregon House Thursday.


Paid Sick Time Stalls In Oregon Legislature

Northwest News Network | May 26, 2015 5:12 p.m.

Supporters of a proposal to extend paid sick time to most Oregon workers say the legislation has stalled.


LNG Foes To Take Message To Oregon Capitol

Northwest News Network | May 22, 2015 2:17 p.m.

Opponents of two liquefied natural gas export terminals proposed for Oregon will take their message to the state capitol Tuesday.


GOP Says 'I Told You So' After Oregon Democrats Introduce Kicker Bill

Northwest News Network | May 21, 2015 5:01 p.m.

Democratic Representative Tobias Read introduced a bill Thursday that would divert a potential kicker tax rebate.


Oregon Prepares To Roll Out Voluntary Pay-By-The-Mile Tax

Northwest News Network | May 20, 2015 3:37 p.m.

Oregon is looking for volunteers for a new pay-by-the-mile tax.


Oregon Lawmakers To Consider Allowing Birth Control Without Doctor's Prescription

Northwest News Network | May 20, 2015 10:40 a.m.

Oregon lawmakers will consider a proposal that would allow women to get oral contraceptives and contraceptive patches without a doctor's prescription.


Measure To Create Impeachment Process Advances In Oregon Legislature

Northwest News Network | May 19, 2015 4:29 p.m.

Oregon would no longer be the only state without an impeachment process if some state lawmakers get their way.


Oregon Could Join National Popular Vote Movement

Northwest News Network | May 18, 2015 5:38 p.m.

Oregon could join a national movement to change the way the president is elected.


Measure Would Require Boost In Pay For Some Disabled Workers

Northwest News Network | May 18, 2015 7:20 a.m.

As Northwest states debate whether to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 per hour, some adults with developmental disabilities continue to be paid as...


Oregon Revenue Forecast Shows Upswing

Northwest News Network | May 14, 2015 2:31 p.m.

Oregon economists told lawmakers Thursday that a robust economy means they'll have more money to spend on schools, human services and public safety.


Oregon Senate Creates Its Own Pot Committee After Joint Panel Falters

Northwest News Network | May 13, 2015 4:52 p.m.

The future of marijuana policy in the Oregon legislature is still unclear.


Marijuana Committee Has Little To Show For Its Efforts

Northwest News Network | May 12, 2015 5:11 p.m.

A special legislative committee meant to help pave the way for legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon has hit some road bumps.


Oregon Closer To Banning Sales Of E-Cigarettes To Minors

Northwest News Network | May 11, 2015 5:27 p.m.

The Oregon Senate approved a measure Monday that would ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors as well as ban the use of e-cigarettes in the same places...


Oregon Governor Signs Background Check Bill

Northwest News Network | May 11, 2015 4:05 p.m.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill Monday that will require criminal background checks for anyone who buys a gun from a private party.


Oregon Could Allow Secular Groups To Perform Weddings

Northwest News Network | May 8, 2015 5:14 p.m.

Secular groups could perform weddings under a measure up for a committee vote Monday in the Oregon legislature.


Paid Sick Leave Measure Poised To Advance In Oregon Legislature

Northwest News Network | May 8, 2015 9:27 a.m.

A measure that would require many Oregon employers to provide paid sick leave is poised to advance in Salem.


Ban On Youth Conversion Therapy Heads To Oregon Governor

Northwest News Network | May 8, 2015 9:25 a.m.

Oregon lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a measure that would ban so-called conversion therapy for youth.


Oregon Legislature Votes To Require Background Checks For Private Gun Sales

Northwest News Network | May 4, 2015 5:28 p.m.

A bill that would require criminal background checks for private gun sales in Oregon is on its way to the governor's desk. The Oregon House narrowly...


Former Oregon First Lady Tries To Block Release Of More Emails

Northwest News Network | May 1, 2015 4:54 p.m.

An attorney for Cylvia Hayes told a judge in Salem Friday that the former Oregon first lady is a private citizen and should not be required to hand over...