Salem Correspondent, Northwest News Network
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.
The eclipse led to a big payday for one small-town Oregon radio station.
Nike co-founder Phil Knight made his largest ever donation to an Oregon political race this week.
Economy | Entertainment | Communities | Business | local | News | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017OPB | Aug. 15, 2017 3:37 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
A million people may flock to Oregon over the coming week to view the total eclipse of the sun. State officials said Tuesday that they're as prepared as they can possibly be.
Oregon's capital city and the surrounding countryside are expected to be among the top destinations for eclipse watchers in Oregon. The expected influx of visitors has led local officials to beef up their emergency services for the event.
A measure that would pay health insurance coverage for children who are in the country illegally is one step closer to law in Oregon.
Oregon lawmakers are moving forward with a measure to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products.
With a deadline looming, Oregon lawmakers spent their Saturday at the Capitol.
Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a measure that would require school districts to test for lead.
Oregon lawmakers have approved the nation's first statewide law on predictable scheduling for employees.
Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would make it a crime to attach a tracking device to another person's vehicle without their permission.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown expresses confidence that she and lawmakers are nearing a deal on a major transportation funding bill after negotiators pare it down.
Transportation | local | Energy | NewsOPB | June 27, 2017 5:19 p.m. | Salem, Oregon
Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a measure that would require railroads to explain how they'd deal with hazardous spills.
The Oregon House approved a funding plan Monday for the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs. It came over the objections of some Republicans.
The Oregon House has narrowly passed a measure meant to scale back a tax break intended for small businesses.
As a deadline looms to close a $1.4 billion budget gap, Oregon Democrats are abandoning efforts to increase corporate tax revenue.
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.
Oregon lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a tax increase meant to ensure continued health care coverage for low-income Oregonians.