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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

Politics | local | An Occupation In Eastern Oregon

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Funding Request To Deal With Costs Of Refuge Occupation

Northwest News Network | May 19, 2016 5:21 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers are considering a request to spend about $2.5 million to cover the costs of dealing with the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

News | local | Politics | Election 2016

Oregon's Independent Party Looks Ahead After First Ever Primary

Northwest News Network | May 18, 2016 5:55 p.m.

Now that Oregon's May primary is over, the winners are looking ahead to November's general election. But the primary was notable for another reason.

News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Republicans Choose Pierce To Take On Brown For Oregon Governor's Office

Northwest News Network | May 18, 2016 4:30 a.m.

Bud Pierce kicked off his first run for public office last fall. Now, the Salem oncologist has been nominated to take on incumbent Gov. Kate Brown in the November general election.

News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Oregon's Primary Is 1st Test For Automatic Voter Registration Law

Northwest News Network | May 15, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Voters in Oregon are going to the polls Tuesday to vote in their presidential primary along with a host of state and local races. But Oregonians aren't actually going to the polls because all of the state’s 2.3 million voters get their ballots through the mail.

News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Bernie Sanders Tells Oregon 'We Must Defeat Donald Trump'

Northwest News Network | May 11, 2016 7:26 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders told an audience of thousands in Salem Tuesday night that he's the best candidate to take on apparent Republican nominee Donald Trump in the fall.


Big Money Flows Into Oregon Secretary Of State's Race

Northwest News Network | May 9, 2016 5:45 p.m.

The race to become Oregon's next secretary of state is heating up. The three Democratic candidates in this month's primary are trading barbs after one of them received a huge contribution from a New York billionaire.

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

Donald Trump Makes First Campaign Stop In Oregon

Northwest News Network | May 6, 2016 6:02 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

More than 1,000 people lined up to get inside the Lane County Events Center in Eugene Friday evening to see Donald Trump speak at his first Oregon rally as a candidate for president.

News | local

Court Upholds Death Sentences For Oregon Bank Bombers

Northwest News Network | May 5, 2016 5:14 p.m.

The Oregon Supreme Court Thursday upheld the death sentences of a father and son convicted in the bombing deaths of two Oregon police officers in 2008.

Politics | local | Election 2016

Oregon Republicans Reflect As Trump Becomes Apparent Nominee

Northwest News Network | May 4, 2016 5:03 p.m.

Now that Donald Trump’s last two GOP rivals have dropped out, Republicans in the Northwest are re-aligning.

News | local | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Oregon Senator Wants To Expand Vote-By-Mail Nationally

Northwest News Network | May 3, 2016 3:54 p.m.

Ron Wyden, D-Ore., became the first U.S. senator to be elected entirely by mail when he was voted into office in 1996. Tuesday he told reporters he wants to expand vote-by-mail nationally.


DHS Leaders Provide Update Amid Staff Turnover, Foster Care Concerns

Northwest News Network | April 29, 2016 4:24 p.m.

Leaders of the Oregon Department of Human Services are assuring the public that the agency is committed to its mission despite recent turnover in management.

local | Election 2016

Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Work To Reach Voters

Northwest News Network | April 28, 2016 6:06 p.m.

The candidates for governor in Oregon have spent nearly $1.7 million so far this year in their quest for office. So what has all that money bought them as the May 17 primary approaches?

Politics | local | Election 2016

Oregon Voters Sign Up For Major Parties In Droves

Northwest News Network | April 27, 2016 5:50 p.m.

Ballots are going out in the mail this week to Oregon voters in advance of next month's primary. And it appears that independent voters are signing up in droves to vote in the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries.

Politics | local

Ted Cruz Campaign Yields Oregon To John Kasich

Northwest News Network | April 25, 2016 2:42 p.m.

Oregon's Republican presidential primary is taking on a new look. The Ted Cruz campaign said the Texas senator will stand down in Oregon to clear a path for Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The Cruz campaign will also pull back its efforts in New Mexico.


Report Finds Oregon Falls Short Of Foster Care Standards

Northwest News Network | April 21, 2016 4:32 p.m.

Oregon is falling short of many of its own goals when it comes to caring for children in its foster care system. That's according to a review released...

News | local

Oregon Continues To Rake In Marijuana Tax Revenue

Northwest News Network | April 20, 2016 4:45 p.m.

The state Department of Revenue Wednesday said the state has collected nearly $7 million in pot taxes so far this year.

News | local

Voters In 2 Oregon Counties To Decide Fate Of Marijuana Businesses

Northwest News Network | April 19, 2016 5:36 p.m.

Voters in Klamath and Grant counties will decide in the May primary whether to allow marijuana-related businesses.

News | local | Politics

Oregon Public Utility Commission Chair To Step Down In May

Northwest News Network | April 18, 2016 9:45 a.m.

The chair of the commission that regulates Oregon utilities says she won't seek appointment to another term and will step down in May.

News | local

With Marijuana Felony Expunged, Oregon Man Has 'Tears Of Joy'

Northwest News Network | April 18, 2016 9:45 a.m.

When Tim McClure was 42 years old, he was convicted of illegally growing marijuana on his ranch near The Dalles, Oregon.

News | local

Oregon Taxpayers Not Feeling So Generous With Their Kicker

Northwest News Network | April 18, 2016 9:30 a.m.

Oregon taxpayers have the chance to donate their kicker rebate to fund state schools as they fill out their tax forms this year. But hardly anyone is choosing to do that. So far this tax season, less than one-half of one percent of Oregonians are choosing to donate their kicker.