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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

Business | Economy | News

Federal Rules Clear Path For New Oregon Retirement Plans

OPB | Aug. 26, 2016 2:45 p.m.

A new state-sponsored retirement plan for private-sector workers in Oregon has cleared a key federal hurdle.

local | Family | News

DHS Report: Agency Needs To Address Abuse, Shortage Of Quality Homes

OPB | Aug. 25, 2016 3:47 p.m.

Oregon's foster care system is being pushed to its limits and failing to put in place remedies for ongoing problems.

Election | Politics | local | News | Election 2016

OPB Politics Now: Trump Skips Oregon, Citizen Panel Endorses M97, And More

OPB | Aug. 25, 2016 12:16 p.m.

Host Geoff Norcross is joined by OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes, state political reporter Chris Lehman, and news director Anna Griffin.

local | Environment | News

Audit: Large Wildfire Seasons Take Toll On Oregon's Forestry Department

Northwest News Network | Aug. 23, 2016 5:43 p.m.

Three consecutive summers of severe wildfires have stretched the resources of the state's agency dedicated to forest management.

Business | Nation | Economy | News

20 Years Since Welfare's Overhaul, Results Are Mixed

NPR | Aug. 22, 2016 10:09 p.m.

Results are mixed 20 years after welfare reform was enacted. The new program did work for millions of families, but many are worse off. And assistance is very different depending on where you live.

Election | Politics | local | News

Oregon, Washington Delegates Cast Votes For Clinton And Sanders

Northwest News Network | July 26, 2016 5:45 p.m.

Delegates from Oregon and Washington officially cast their votes for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Tuesday at the party's national convention in Philadelphia.

local | News

Some Oregon Voters Will Vote Again On Marijuana Legalization

Northwest News Network | July 25, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Even though Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, you can't legally buy the stuff in more than 100 Oregon communities.

Politics | local | News | Election 2016

Outdoor School Initiative Qualifies For Oregon Ballot

Northwest News Network | July 22, 2016 5:36 p.m.

Oregonians will vote this fall on whether to fully fund an outdoor education program for the state's fifth and sixth graders.

Election | Politics | local | News | Election 2016

Oregon's Elections Director Abruptly Resigns

Northwest News Network | July 20, 2016 5:07 p.m.

The head of Oregon's Elections Division abruptly stepped down this week, just three months before voting begins in this fall's election.

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

Oregon, Washington Delegates Cast Votes For Trump

Northwest News Network | July 19, 2016 5:42 p.m.

Delegates from Oregon and Washington officially cast their votes for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

Election | News | local | Politics | Education | Election 2016

Qualified For Ballot, High School Graduation Initiative Kicks Off Campaign

Northwest News Network | July 18, 2016 6 p.m.

Now that an initiative that aims to increase Oregon's high school graduation rate has qualified for the ballot, backers are rolling out details of their campaign.

Economy | News | local | Business | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Voter Privacy, Emergency Clause Measures Miss Oregon Ballot

Northwest News Network | July 16, 2016 9:57 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Two initiatives — one focused on voter privacy and the other on emergency clauses in the legislature — have failed to qualify for the Oregon ballot.

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

OPB Politics Now: Fighting Corporate Taxes, GOP Convention Preview

OPB | July 15, 2016 9:38 a.m.

Opponents of a corporate tax measure in Oregon are raising big money to defeat it this fall. And OPB is headed to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. We have your primer.


High School Graduation Initiative Qualifies For Oregon Ballot

Northwest News Network | July 14, 2016 5:45 p.m.

Oregonians will vote on an initiative that aims to increase the state's high school graduation rate.

Business | Politics | local | News

Oregon Corporations Could Change Structure To Avoid Initiative's Tax Hike

Northwest News Network | July 11, 2016 7 p.m.

Some Oregon corporations will likely change their structure and behavior to lessen the impact of a tax hike headed for the November ballot.

local | Election 2016

Here Are The Initiatives That Could End Up On Oregon's November Ballot

Northwest News Network | July 8, 2016 5:28 p.m.

Friday was the deadline to turn in signatures for initiative campaigns hoping to place a measure on the November ballot in Oregon.

Animals | News | local | Business | Election | Politics | Election 2016

Backers Submit Signatures For Oregon Wildlife Trafficking Initiative

Northwest News Network | July 7, 2016 4:25 p.m.

Oregon voters may get the chance to ban the sale of items made from certain wildlife species this November.

Business | local | News

Oregon's Minimum Wage Increases As Of July 1

Northwest News Network | June 30, 2016 9:15 p.m.

Tens of thousands of Oregonians will get a raise Friday when the state's minimum wage goes up for the first time in 18 months.

Business | local | News

Think Tank Says Oregon Corporations' Share Of Tax Burden Is Declining

Northwest News Network | June 29, 2016 8 p.m.

A newly released report from the left-leaning Oregon Center for Public Policy has found that Oregon corporations today are paying a smaller portion of the state's income and property taxes than they did 40 years ago.