Chris Lehman

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for 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 NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.

Chris is a native of rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was born in the upstairs bedroom of his grandmother's house, and grew up in a 230 year old log cabin in the woods. Chris traces his interest in journalism to his childhood, when his parents threatened to take away his newspaper if he didn’t do his chores.

In addition to working full time in public radio for the past decade, Chris has also reported from overseas on a free–lance basis. He's filed stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda. He lives in Salem with his wife and child.

Read Chris's blog, "Capitol Currents: Dispatches From Salem."

Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants to drive the issue of how to unclog traffic and fix decaying bridges back into the fast lane.

The debate over whether to raise Oregon's minimum wage could be headed to the ballot.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown is set to deliver a State of the State address at Portland City Club Friday.

As Northwest states brace for what's expected to be a challenging summer for fighting wildfires, Oregon has decided to renew its wildfire insurance policy.

A measure moving through the state legislature would give rape victims in Oregon more time to come forward to report an attack.

People who buy guns from private sellers in Oregon would have to clear a background check under a bill moving through the legislature.

People who support expanding background checks to include private gun sales in Oregon have tried for three years in a row to get their proposal through the legislature.

The Oregon Senate could vote Tuesday on expanding background checks to include private gun sales.

The battle over raising Oregon's minimum wage will take center stage in the state legislature Monday.

We know it's illegal to park in a disabled parking spot if you don't have a permit. Now, some Oregon lawmakers want to make it a costly infraction to take a spot reserved for electric vehicles.

Oregon lawmakers decided Wednesday to make it less likely for people who win big at the Oregon Lottery to keep getting public assistance.

Oregon lawmakers are turning their attention to earthquake and tsunami preparedness.

Oregon lawmakers have approved a plan to spend nearly $7.3 billion on public schools. The Oregon Senate voted Monday to send the measure to Democratic Governor Kate Brown.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown's office has released 94,000 emails that were sent to and from former first lady Cylvia Hayes.

The Oregon Senate could give final approval Monday to a $7.3 billion spending plan for public schools.

The Oregon Senate voted Thursday to lower the age that children have to enroll in school from age seven to age six.

Oregon lawmakers appear to moving ahead on a measure that would require criminal background checks on most private gun sales.

The Oregon House debated more than two hours Tuesday before voting to fund public schools.

Passenger rail advocates came to the Oregon capitol Monday to ask lawmakers to preserve state support for Amtrak trains.

Three Republican state lawmakers filed an initiative petition this week to make English the official language of the state of Oregon.

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