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."

Recreational marijuana will be legal in Oregon starting July 1. And with it comes a host of new business opportunities.

July 1 will be a big day in Oregon for adults who like to use marijuana. That's when the state's voter-approved legalization of recreational pot takes effect.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown praised Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage in a video statement.

Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan that would change the way recreational marijuana is taxed.

Efforts to raise Oregon’s gas tax this year appear to have fizzled out in the legislature.

Oregon drivers could pay an additional four cents per gallon in state taxes. That's part of a massive transportation package unveiled Wednesday by Oregon lawmakers.

An Oregon legislative panel has signed off on a plan that would ensure the state's passenger rail service will run at least two more years along the I-5 corridor.

Cigar smokers in Oregon could soon have to pay more in taxes.

Oregonians could be able to buy marijuana for recreational use much sooner than anticipated.

Oregon farmers could soon be more likely to use a mediator to help settle their disputes with neighboring farmers.

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal to use in Oregon and the state Tuesday unveiled a public education campaign meant to help people understand the new law.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Monday the first ethics bill to reach her desk since she took office in February.

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek said she thinks the state's minimum wage should rise to $13 per hour.

Oregon will become the first state in the nation to let patients get up to a year's worth of prescription birth control at a time.

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would require many employers to offer paid sick leave.

Oregon state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, has introduced a measure that would try to protect government whistleblowers.

Oregon could become the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats in most circumstances.

Oregon lawmakers still have a lot on their plate as the 2015 session enters its final weeks.

The state worker who leaked thousands of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's emails to the press won't be charged with a crime.

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a bill that would for the first time officially define the spouse or partner of a governor.

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