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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

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Oregon House Narrowly Votes To Scale Back Hot-Button Tax Break

OPB | June 23, 2017 4:10 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon House has narrowly passed a measure meant to scale back a tax break intended for small businesses.


'OPB Politics Now': Corporate Tax Reform Dies In Salem

OPB | June 23, 2017 9:45 a.m.

As a deadline looms to close a $1.4 billion budget gap, Oregon Democrats are abandoning efforts to increase corporate tax revenue. 

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Oregon Democrats, Governor Say They'll Skip The Corporate Tax Hike

OPB | June 22, 2017 10:47 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Democrats in the Oregon Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown say they've given up trying to increase taxes on corporations during this year's legislative session.

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Health Care 'Provider Tax' Heads To Oregon Governor's Desk

OPB | June 21, 2017 1:31 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a tax increase meant to ensure continued health care coverage for low-income Oregonians.

Politics | Nation | News

Oregon Más Cerca De Pasar Leyes Estrictas Como Estado Santuario

OPB | June 21, 2017 10:56 a.m.

Legisladores de Oregón quieren que sea más difícil para los agentes federales de inmigración encontrar personas que viven en el país ilegalmente.

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Oregon Moves Closer To Stronger Sanctuary State Law

OPB | June 20, 2017 5:05 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers want to make it harder for federal immigration agents to find people living in the country illegally.

Politics | News | Nation | Education | local

Education Budget Put On Hold While Oregon Debates Corporate Tax

OPB | June 20, 2017 4:40 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon House has postponed a key vote on the state's K-12 education budget. Democrats put off the decision until next Tuesday at the earliest.

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Questions Over Taxes Fly As Oregon Legislature Nears Deadline

OPB | June 19, 2017 5:34 p.m.

The future of a possible corporate tax hike is in doubt at the Oregon Capitol.

Economy | Politics | Business | News | local

Oregon Unions Threaten Ballot Campaign If Lawmakers Don't Hike Corporate Taxes

OPB | June 2, 2017 12:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

As Oregon lawmakers continue to debate whether to change the way the state taxes businesses, some public employee unions are threatening to take the question to voters.

Nation | News | Transportation

Massive Oregon Transportation Package Tackles Traffic Congestion, Wintry Weather Issues

OPB | June 1, 2017 5:31 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A proposed $8.2 billion transportation package in the Oregon legislature would fund highways, mass transit and bike routes -- and impose several new taxes and fees to do it. 


Oregon Lawmakers Advance Education Budget

OPB | June 1, 2017 1:44 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are moving forward with a key piece of the upcoming state spending plan.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Prepares To Sign Pay Equity Bill

OPB | May 31, 2017 6 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will sign a bill Thursday that aims to make sure women are paid the same as men. Advocates say the measure also helps ensure disabled people are paid fairly.

Politics | News | local

Law Will Make It Easier For Transgender Oregonians To Update Documents

OPB | May 31, 2017 3:03 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law Wednesday that will make it easier for transgender people to change their government identity documents.

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Oregon Lawmakers Hail Portland Stabbing Victims As Heroes

Northwest News Network | May 30, 2017 4:25 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Several Oregon lawmakers hailed the victims of Friday's stabbing on a Portland light-rail train as "heroes."

Politics | Business | News | Transportation | local

Cyclists Have Mixed Views On An Oregon Bike Tax

OPB | May 28, 2017 8:15 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

A proposed $8 billion transportation spending package in Oregon could include a tax on the sale of bicycles. It's getting a mixed reaction from Oregon's bicycling community.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Lawmakers Approve Ban On Shackling Children In Court

OPB | May 25, 2017 5:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A measure that would stop children under 18 from being physically restrained during juvenile court proceedings is on its way to the Oregon governor's desk.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Could Join National Popular Vote Compact

OPB | May 24, 2017 6:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon House has voted to join a national movement to elect the president via the popular vote, not the Electoral College.

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Oregon Wants To Be Able To Impeach The Governor

OPB | May 24, 2017 1:31 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon is the only state without an impeachment process for its governor. The Oregon House is advancing a measure that aims to change that.

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Oregon Lawmakers Get 1st Look At Corporate Tax Measure

OPB | May 23, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers got their first look Tuesday at a bill to overhaul the way the state taxes corporations.

Politics | News | local

Oregon Equal Pay Bill Likely To Become Law Next Week

OPB | May 22, 2017 6:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers have signed off on a measure to ensure women will be paid the same as men.