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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

local | News | Land

Here Are 7 Northwest Mountains Named For White Men

Northwest News Network | Aug. 31, 2015 4:35 p.m.

North America's highest mountain has a new name. Or rather, an old one. President Obama has announced that Alaska's Mount McKinley will now be called Denali.


Oregon Audit: Lottery Policies Have Allowed De Facto Casinos

Northwest News Network | Aug. 27, 2015 5:46 p.m.

A new report Thursday from the Oregon Secretary of State says lax enforcement has allowed hundreds of de facto casinos across the state. Non-tribal...

local | News

Oregon Halts New Hemp Permits

Northwest News Network | Aug. 25, 2015 6:45 p.m.

The state of Oregon has stopped taking applications for permits to grow industrial hemp.

local | News | Business | Economy

Median Oregon Taxpayer To Get $124 'Kicker' Tax Credit

Northwest News Network | Aug. 25, 2015 4:40 p.m.

Oregon taxpayers will get $402 million in "kicker" rebates when they file their taxes next year.

local | News | Health | NW Life

Plan For Early Marijuana Sales Heads To Governor

Northwest News Network | July 2, 2015 5:37 p.m.

Oregonians could buy recreational marijuana from stores starting in October under a measure approved Thursday by the Oregon House.


Oregonians Can Now Use Marijuana Recreationally

Northwest News Network | July 1, 2015 5:24 p.m.

The voter-approved Measure 91 is now in effect and adults in Oregon can now legally possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes.


The End Is Near For A Tumultuous Session Of The Oregon Legislature

Northwest News Network | July 1, 2015 4:51 p.m.

Oregon's legislative session opened in January with words of hope and optimism from Governor John Kitzhaber. But when the final gavel falls, Kitzhaber...


Pot Legalization Means Big Business For Security Firms

Northwest News Network | June 29, 2015 5:07 p.m.

Recreational marijuana will be legal in Oregon starting July 1. And with it comes a host of new business opportunities.


Recreational Marijuana In Oregon: What You Need To Know

Northwest News Network | June 26, 2015 5:14 p.m.

July 1 will be a big day in Oregon for adults who like to use marijuana. That's when the state's voter-approved legalization of recreational pot takes...


Oregon Governor Praises Supreme Court's Marriage Decision

Northwest News Network | June 26, 2015 2:44 p.m.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown praised Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage in a video statement.


Oregon OKs Initial Approval To Marijuana Sales Tax

Northwest News Network | June 25, 2015 4:32 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan that would change the way recreational marijuana is taxed.


Oregon Lawmakers Pull Plug On Transportation Package

Northwest News Network | June 25, 2015 2:06 p.m.

Efforts to raise Oregon's gas tax this year appear to have fizzled out in the legislature.


Oregon Lawmakers Give Public First Look At Transportation Package

Northwest News Network | June 24, 2015 4:50 p.m.

Oregon drivers could pay an additional four cents per gallon in state taxes. That's part of a massive transportation package unveiled Wednesday by...


Oregon Lawmakers On Track To Renew Amtrak Funding

Northwest News Network | June 23, 2015 4:37 p.m.

An Oregon legislative panel has signed off on a plan that would ensure the state's passenger rail service will run at least two more years along the I-5...


Oregon Lawmakers Look To Cigars For More Revenue

Northwest News Network | June 22, 2015 5:38 p.m.

Cigar smokers in Oregon could soon have to pay more in taxes.


Oregon Lawmakers Consider Early Start To Recreational Pot Sales

Northwest News Network | June 18, 2015 3:53 p.m.

Oregonians could be able to buy marijuana for recreational use much sooner than anticipated.


Oregon Bill Would Increase Incentives To Mediate Farming Disputes

Northwest News Network | June 17, 2015 4:55 p.m.

Oregon farmers could soon be more likely to use a mediator to help settle their disputes with neighboring farmers.


Oregon Launches Recreational Marijuana Education Campaign

Northwest News Network | June 16, 2015 5:17 p.m.

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal to use in Oregon and the state Tuesday unveiled a public education campaign meant to help people understand...


Oregon Governor Signs First Post-Kitzhaber Ethics Legislation

Northwest News Network | June 15, 2015 4:36 p.m.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Monday the first ethics bill to reach her desk since she took office in February.


Oregon House Speaker Launches New Minimum Wage Hike Attempt

Northwest News Network | June 15, 2015 4:23 p.m.

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek said she thinks the state's minimum wage should rise to $13 per hour.