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.
Landlords in Oregon have almost unlimited power to kick out tenants. Now, as state lawmakers grapple with a statewide housing crisis, they consider eliminating no-cause evictions.
Oregon businesses would have to offer employees paid time off to care for children or family members under a bill being considered in Salem.
State-issued identification doesn't meet federal security requirements, and Oregon lawmakers are floating an idea that would have Oregonians individually pay to fix the issue.
Oregon students would learn more about the history of ethnic and social minorities under a measure being considered by state lawmakers.
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow Oregonians to once again vote for the state’s top education official.
Education advocates made their case for increased school funding in front of Oregon lawmakers Thursday.
Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would make it easier for transgender people to change their identity on government documents.
Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would let state workers keep the frequent flyer miles they earn while traveling on official business. The measure passed the Senate on Tuesday.
Supporters of a voter-approved ballot measure on high school education are pressing hard for Oregon lawmakers to fully fund the initiative.
Oregon lawmakers are considering scaling back the state's tax deduction for mortgage interest.
Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would let children age 12 and older switch their foster care case workers.
Oregon lawmakers are debating whether testimony in front of grand juries should be recorded. It's not the first time the proposal has surfaced.
Oregon politicians would have to tell the truth on the statements they file in the voter pamphlet under a measure being considered at the state Legislature.
Lawmakers in Salem and Olympia are debating measures intended to crack down on distracted driving.
Sixteen-year-olds could register to vote under a bill being considered by Oregon lawmakers.
Oregon law enforcement agencies would have to track the race and sex of everyone they initiate contact with under a measure being considered at the state Capitol.
The case of the Christian bakers from Gresham who refused to make a wedding cake for two women reached the Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday.
With Oregon’s biggest cities in a housing crunch, lawmakers are considering a measure that would require landlords to give specific reasons for evicting a tenant.
An Oregon court will hear arguments Thursday in a case involving a bakery owner who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.