Now Playing:

Home

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.


Contact Chris Lehman

Recent Articles

local | Politics | News

Oregon Lawmakers Want To Crack Down On Smartphones Behind The Wheel

OPB | Feb. 24, 2017 1 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would make it illegal to check your social media feeds while you're behind the wheel.

local | Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': Money, Money, Money

OPB | Feb. 24, 2017 10:15 a.m.

Host Julie Sabatier talks with OPB political reporters Chris Lehman and Jeff Mapes about Oregon’s budget picture, and how it could be affected by federal action on health care and international trade. 

local | Politics | News

Oregon House Debates Whether To Ban Anonymous Bills

OPB | Feb. 23, 2017 5:29 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Members of the Oregon House are considering a proposal to ban the long-accepted practice of allowing members to introduce bills anonymously.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Lawmakers Consider 'Predictive Scheduling' Bill

OPB | Feb. 23, 2017 3:16 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would give hourly employees more certainty in their work schedules.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Revenues Up $200M, But Questions Remain About How To Fill Budget Gap

OPB | Feb. 22, 2017 2:25 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon's budget gap is a bit smaller than previously anticipated.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Rolls Out More Gun Control Bills

OPB | Feb. 21, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Another gun control debate is brewing in the Oregon Legislature. This year's high-profile gun legislation would attempt to close what supporters of the measure call two loopholes.

local | News

Oregon Bill Would Suspend Driver's Licenses Of People Who Solicit Prostitutes

OPB | Feb. 21, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

People convicted of paying for sex in Oregon would have their driver's licenses suspended for six months.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Lawmakers Consider An Impeachment Process

OPB | Feb. 21, 2017 4:13 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Some Oregon lawmakers are trying once again to establish a way to impeach statewide elected officials, including the governor.

local | News

Oregon Incumbents May Soon Find It Harder To 'Handpick' Successors

OPB | Feb. 16, 2017 5:33 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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.

Environment | Land use | Politics | News

Oregon Lawmakers Debate Whether To Study Federal-To-State Land Transfers

OPB | 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.

local | News

Proposed Measure Aims To Zero Out Traffic Fatalities In Oregon

OPB | Feb. 15, 2017 2:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Measure Would Require More Disclosure From Lobbyists

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 6 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are considering making lobbyists provide more information about the bills they're pushing.

Family | local | Politics | News

Rear-Facing Until 2? Oregon Lawmakers Consider Change To Car Seat Law

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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.

NW Life | local | History | News

Oregon SOS Launches Crowdfunding Effort To Restore Original State Constitution

OPB | Feb. 14, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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.

Economy | local | Politics | Business | News

Oregon Public Employees Paint Dire Picture As PERS Comes Up For Debate

OPB | Feb. 13, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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.

local | Politics | News

Tax Debate Gearing Up In Salem

OPB | Feb. 13, 2017 5:26 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Measure To Expand Self-Service Gas

OPB | Feb. 10, 2017 4:20 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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.

local | Politics | News

Lawmakers Ask Oregonians For Input On Budget Gap

OPB | Feb. 10, 2017 2:40 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregonians will have their chance to weigh in on the state's spending plan during a series of public hearings around the state.

NW Life | local | News | Education | History

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Proposal To Expand Teaching Of Native American Studies

OPB | Feb. 9, 2017 5:46 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

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.

NW Life | local | Education | News

Oregon Lawmakers Debate Whether To Alter Or Delay Measure 98 Rollout

OPB | Feb. 8, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Discussions are underway in Oregon's capital over whether to change or delay implementation of a voter-approved ballot measure on high school education.