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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.

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Recent Articles

Communities | Nation | local | News

Oregon Governor Appoints New Head Of Housing

OPB | Sept. 26, 2016 2:23 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has appointed a new head of the state agency that handles affordable housing. The announcement comes as lawmakers gear up to tackle housing issues next year.

Election | Politics | local | News | Election 2016

Secretary Of State Candidates Make Their Case In Eugene

OPB | Sept. 23, 2016 4:55 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

Three of the candidates for Oregon Secretary of State made their case voters in Eugene on Friday.

Politics | local | News

Renters Rights Highlighted At Rally At Oregon Capitol

OPB | Sept. 22, 2016 5:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Supporters of legislation to strengthen the rights of renters in Oregon rallied at the state capitol in Salem on Thursday. Speakers at the rally say they want more stable rent prices and policies.

Politics | News | local | Education

Ahead Of UCC Shooting Anniversary, Group Issues Safety Recommendations

OPB | Sept. 22, 2016 4:06 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A work group that's looking at ways to improve safety on college campuses issued its draft recommendations to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Thursday.

Health | local | News

Report: Oregon Has Very High Rate Of Female Sexual Assault

OPB | Sept. 21, 2016 5 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A new report highlights the challenges faced by women and girls in Oregon. The report found that Oregon has one of the highest rates of sexual or domestic violence in the nation.

Water | Environment

Nestle Water Bottling Plan Draws Protest — Even After It's Voted Down

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 21, 2016 3:45 p.m.

Voters in the Columbia River Gorge approved a measure aimed at blocking Nestle from putting in a water bottling plant. But four months later, activists are still protesting.

Health | News | local | Education

Fewer Oregon Students Have Access To A School Nurse

Northwest News Network | Sept. 19, 2016 6:30 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

About 40 percent of Oregon school districts don't provide school nursing services at all.


Oregon DHS Officials Brace For Possible Budget Cuts

Northwest News Network | Sept. 15, 2016 5:11 p.m.

Officials with the Oregon Department of Human Services are telling people who rely on its services to prepare for a potential round of budget cuts next...

Economy | News | NW Life | local | Business | Politics

Oregon DHS Officials Brace For Possible Budget Cuts

OPB | Sept. 15, 2016 4:56 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Officials with the Oregon Department of Human Services are telling people who rely on its services to prepare for a potential round of budget cuts next year.

Election | News | local | Politics | Nation | Election 2016

In Oregon, 3rd Party Presidential Nominees See Opportunities

Northwest News Network | Sept. 15, 2016 6:45 a.m.

Polls are showing that Oregon voters aren't rallying around either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. While Clinton is expected to win the state, her...

Politics | Economy | local | News

Current Oregon Revenues Steady, But Storm Clouds Loom

OPB | Sept. 14, 2016 10:25 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers will have less money to work with as they prepare a budget during next year's legislative session. That's according to the latest prediction of state revenues, released Wednesday. 

Election | News | local | Politics | Nation | Election 2016

Oregon's Automatic Voter Registration Yields Surge In Registered Voters

OPB | Sept. 13, 2016 1:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The number of registered voters in the state has increased 14 percent over the past year.

Election | Politics | local | News | Election 2016

Gov. Kate Brown Lands Significant Campaign Contribution From Former NYC Mayor

OPB | Sept. 12, 2016 12:45 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown landed a $250,000 campaign contribution from Michael Bloomberg. The former New York City mayor often donates to candidates who share his views on gun control.

Business | NW Life | local | News

Audit: Shuttered Oregon Tax Credit Program Issued Money For Suspicious Projects

OPB | Sept. 8, 2016 6:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

An analysis shows that more than a third of the money the state spent on so-called Business Energy Tax Credits went to projects that were "concerning."

Health | Politics | local | News

Oregon Health Authority Seeks 55 Percent Funding Increase

OPB | Sept. 8, 2016 3:49 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

One of Oregon's largest state agencies wants a big increase in funding next year.

Nation | local | News

Oregon Hires New Leader To Oversee Foster Care Program

OPB | Sept. 7, 2016 4:55 p.m.

Lena Alhusseini is the current head of an Arab-American community organization in New York City. She'll start her new job in November and will be tasked with overseeing Oregon's foster care system.

local | Health | Politics | Environment | News | Lead In The Water

Lead-Tainted Water, Oregon's Lawmakers Drank It Too

OPB | Sept. 2, 2016 3:32 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Some drinking fountains have been turned off at the Oregon Capitol building after tests showed an unsafe level of lead in the water.

Sports | local | News

Strong Demand Expected As Trail Blazers License Plates Go On Sale

OPB | Sept. 1, 2016 10:46 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Fans of the Portland Trail Blazers can show their team pride in a new way. Oregon license plates highlighting the team are now on sale.

Election | Politics | local | News

New Senator Sworn In To Fill Seat Of The Late Alan Bates

OPB | Aug. 30, 2016 midnight

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to appoint Kevin Talbert a temporary replacement for Medford state Sen. Alan Bates, who died in early August.

NW Life | News | Economy | local | Education

Latino Population Growing Quickly In Oregon

OPB | Aug. 29, 2016 5:15 p.m.

Oregon's Latino population is growing much faster than the rest of the state. That's one of the findings of a report released Monday by the Oregon Community Foundation.