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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 Senate Approves Minimum Wage Increase

Northwest News Network | Feb. 11, 2016 5:55 p.m.

A plan to hike Oregon's minimum wage is moving forward in the state legislature. The state Senate Thursday approved a measure that would increase the wage to as much as $14.75 per hour over the next six years.

local | News | An Armed Occupation In Eastern Oregon

With Occupation Over, Oregon Governor Looks Ahead

Northwest News Network | Feb. 11, 2016 2:47 p.m.

Shortly after the final Malheur refuge occupier was taken into custody, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown addressed reporters at the state Capitol in Salem.

local | Politics | News | Economy

Oregon Revenues Strong, But Clouds On Horizon

Northwest News Network | Feb. 10, 2016 12:21 p.m.

Oregon's economy continues to flourish, but the long-term outlook isn't as rosy. The Legislature will have the short session to try to patch up the state budget.

local | Health | Politics | Food | News

Activists Want To Lift State Ban On Local GE Regulations

Northwest News Network | Feb. 9, 2016 4:41 p.m.

Opponents of genetically engineered crops in Oregon want state lawmakers to allow local governments to ban those crops.


Oregon Lifts Restrictions On Health Insurer Moda

Northwest News Network | Feb. 8, 2016 3:43 p.m.

State regulators announced a consent order meant to keep the Portland-based health insurance company afloat.


Minimum Wage Plan Moving Forward In Oregon Legislature

Northwest News Network | Feb. 5, 2016 4:57 p.m.

A plan to hike Oregon's minimum wage is moving forward in the Oregon Legislature.

local | Politics | News

Lawmakers Consider Closing Background Check 'Loophole'

Northwest News Network | Feb. 4, 2016 4:59 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would close what some activists call a "loophole" in the state's criminal background check law.

local | Politics | News

Political Impasse Could Lead To Lengthy Floor Sessions In Salem

Northwest News Network | Feb. 3, 2016 5:26 p.m.

A political showdown at the Oregon Capitol could result in some very long floor sessions this month. And at the heart of the debate is a clause in the state constitution.

local | Politics

Oregon Lawmakers Advance Measure To Continue Study Of Police Profiling

Northwest News Network | Feb. 2, 2016 5:42 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers want to continue to root out cases of police profiling. A House panel Tuesday advanced a measure that would require additional research into the issue.

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Oregon Lawmaker Attempts To Head Off Corporate Tax Initiative

Northwest News Network | Feb. 1, 2016 5:55 p.m.

An Oregon state lawmaker is making what he calls a long shot attempt at heading off an initiative that would raise corporate taxes.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Legislature Opens 5-Week Session

Northwest News Network | Feb. 1, 2016 3:35 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers kicked off a five-week legislative session Monday with a long to-do list.

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Oregon Lawmakers To Kick Off 2016 Session

Northwest News Network | Jan. 29, 2016 3:08 p.m.

Oregon lawmakers return to the state Capitol Monday for a whirlwind legislative session.

local | Health | News

Pacific Islanders Hope Oregon Lawmakers Restore Health Benefits

Northwest News Network | Jan. 29, 2016 2:59 p.m.

People from three Pacific island nations have the right to live and work in the United States, but they are not eligible for Medicaid — even those who become taxpayers.

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Oregon Governor Says Harney County Will Need Time To Heal

Northwest News Network | Jan. 27, 2016 3:45 p.m.

As law enforcement increases its activity surrounding the occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said her primary concern continues to be the safety of Oregon residents.


Malheur Occupation Costs Oregon Taxpayers $500,000

Northwest News Network | Jan. 26, 2016 4:14 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wants state lawmakers to approve roughly $500,000 in emergency funding to cover costs associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.  

local | Politics | News

Commission Recommends Removal Of Oregon Judge

Northwest News Network | Jan. 26, 2016 11 a.m.

The Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability said Monday Judge Vance Day should be removed from office after refusing to perform same-sex weddings.

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Oregon Attorney General Seeks More Funding For Elder Abuse Cases

Northwest News Network | Jan. 22, 2016 5 p.m.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum wants state lawmakers to fund a new set of investigators specializing in elder abuse cases.

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Group Seeking Corporate Tax Hike Ramps Up Petition Drive

Northwest News Network | Jan. 21, 2016 4:06 p.m.

The initiative would hike taxes on companies with more than $25 million in Oregon sales.

local | Politics | News

Higher Speed Limits Coming Soon To Oregon

Northwest News Network | Jan. 17, 2016 8:45 a.m.

Thanks to a measure approved by Oregon lawmakers last summer, you'll soon be able to legally drive faster on more than 1,500 miles of highways in Oregon.

local | Business | News

Oregon Governor Backs Phased-In Minimum Wage Hike

Northwest News Network | Jan. 14, 2016 2:48 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced her support for a major hike in the state's minimum wage.