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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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3 Northwesterners Honored With Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Northwest News Network | Nov. 24, 2015 6:08 p.m.

Three Northwesterners were among those honored at the White House Tuesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.


White House Defends Refugee Screening Process

Northwest News Network | Nov. 23, 2015 4:21 p.m.

Some Oregon and Washington lawmakers have called for at least a temporary halt to refugee resettlement. They want the federal government to beef up its...

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown's Chief Of Staff Resigns

Northwest News Network | Nov. 20, 2015 2:40 p.m.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown's chief of staff has resigned. Brown issued a press release Friday announcing the immediate resignation of Brian Shipley.

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New Batch Of Emails Shed Light On Kitzhaber's Final Days As Governor

Northwest News Network | Nov. 19, 2015 5:19 p.m.

Newly released emails are shedding some light on John Kitzhaber's final days as Oregon governor.


Oregon Gov. Brown Calls Oregon DOJ Surveillance Racial Profiling

Northwest News Network | Nov. 18, 2015 9:40 p.m.

Gov. Brown told reporters Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has taken the "appropriate action" in hiring an outside investigator.

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Oregon School Safety Task Force Issues Recommendations

Northwest News Network | Nov. 18, 2015 4:19 p.m.

Oregon should create an anonymous statewide tip line and a database of school floor plans, according to a new report released Wednesday.


Oregon Audit: State Agencies Struggle With Complex Public Records Requests

Northwest News Network | Nov. 17, 2015 5:24 p.m.

State agencies in Oregon struggle to fulfill complex requests for public information. That's one conclusion of an audit released Tuesday by the Oregon...


Group Says Roughly 1 in 10 Oregonians Remains Uninsured

Northwest News Network | Nov. 17, 2015 5:10 p.m.

A group that's lobbying for expanded health coverage said the number of uninsured Oregonians may be higher than previously thought.


Religious Leaders Urge Oregon Lawmakers To Raise Minimum Wage

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

Religious leaders gathered at the Oregon capitol Monday to urge lawmakers to increase the state's minimum wage. It came as activists are gathering...

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Gov. Brown Orders Independent Review Of Oregon's Foster Care Oversight

Northwest News Network | Nov. 16, 2015 4:21 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wants an independent review of the state's foster care system.


Oregon Lawmakers To Get An Update On State Foster Care Oversight

Northwest News Network | Nov. 13, 2015 5:39 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers return to Salem Monday for a three-day series of meetings.


Oregon Announces New Housing And Services For Veterans

Northwest News Network | Nov. 10, 2015 4:23 p.m.

Oregon says it's making strides in finding housing for homeless veterans and just announced funding for two new housing projects for vets.

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Attorneys For Oregon Judge Say He's Been Made A 'Guinea Pig'

Northwest News Network | Nov. 9, 2015 5:30 p.m.

An Oregon judicial commission kicked off a two-week hearing Monday.


Oregon Judge Faces Inquiry Into Misconduct Allegations

Northwest News Network | Nov. 6, 2015 5:06 p.m.

Marion County Circuit Court Judge Vance Day faces an inquiry into a wide range of misconduct allegations. Day will face the Oregon Commission on...

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Oregon Creates New Unit Of Government Just To Control Sand

Northwest News Network | Nov. 6, 2015 7:33 a.m.

When the sand on the beach threatens to overrun your house and your driveway, long walks on the beach might not seem quite so romantic anymore.

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Power Company Urges Marijuana Growers To Seek Help For Electricity Needs

Northwest News Network | Nov. 4, 2015 5:44 p.m.

It takes a lot of electricity to grow marijuana indoors. Lights and ventilating fans are some of the biggest culprits.

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Former Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes Takes Aim At Media

Northwest News Network | Oct. 30, 2015 5:22 p.m.

The fiancée of former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber takes aim at the media while at the same time letting her consulting clients know she's open for business.

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Oregon Takes Another Crack At Overhauling Public Records Law

Northwest News Network | Oct. 29, 2015 5:27 p.m.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum convened a task force Thursday that will consider overhauling the state's 40-year-old public records law.


Bears Do It. So Do People. And It's This Person's Job To Clean It Up.

Northwest News Network | Oct. 28, 2015 4:10 p.m.

Cleaning up impromptu piles of you-know-what is taking up a lot of Stephanie Beall's time these days — but she’s working to change that.


Oregon Shuffles Train Schedules In Attempt To Boost Ridership

Northwest News Network | Oct. 22, 2015 2:38 p.m.

Train passengers in Oregon will see new schedules take effect Saturday. The changes are an attempt to boost ridership on the Portland-to-Eugene corridor.