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."

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NPR Story
6:10 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

No Quick Ruling Expected In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

Ben West, right, and Paul Rummel are two of the plaintiffs in the case.

Attorneys for four same-sex couples called Oregon's gay marriage ban a "state imposed badge of inferiority" during arguments in federal court Wednesday.

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NPR Story
2:27 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Oral Arguments Heard In Oregon's Same-Sex Marriage Case

File photo of the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, Ore.

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 3:43 pm

At this hour advocates for same sex marriage are making their case to a federal judge in Eugene, Ore.

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Gay Marriage
6:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Judge Won't Issue Immediate Decision In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

File photo of the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, Ore.

A federal judge in Oregon will not issue an immediate decision Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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NPR Story
7:06 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

National Group Attempts 11th-Hour Intervention In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 2:03 pm

A national group that opposes same-sex marriage is trying to intervene in a case scheduled to go before a federal judge in Oregon this week.

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NPR Story
7:08 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Marijuana Consultants Offer Advice To Potential Pot Dealers

File photo of James Lucas of Tacoma Cross, a medical marijuana dispensary
Brianna Butterfield Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 10:11 am

The Northwest’s budding marijuana industry means opportunity for pot consultants.

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Gay Marriage
6:56 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Case Hits Federal Court This Week

Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 2:03 pm

Attorneys for a group that wants to overturn Oregon's law barring same-sex marriage will make their case to a federal judge in Eugene Wednesday.

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NPR Story
6:23 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Does Legalized Marijuana Put Washington Drivers At Risk Out Of State?

File photo. At least two Washington drivers say they were pulled over in Idaho on suspicion of using marijuana.
Ildar Sagdejev Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 6:41 pm

Some drivers from Washington and Colorado say they're being targeted by police when they cross into Idaho.

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5:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Oregon, Washington Consider Alternative To Amtrak For Cascades Rail Service

The Amtrak logo could be gone from Cascades corridor trains in the future.
WSDOT Flickr

Oregon and Washington might turn to a private company to operate its Cascades rail service.

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NPR Story
6:27 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Mudslide Insurance Rare, Expensive

Staff Sgt. Michael Cohan from the 141st Civil Engineer Squadron displays a tattered American flag pulled a pile of debris from the Oso landslide.
Air Force Msgt. Kevin Borden Washington National Guard

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 12:42 pm

Homeowners in the path of the Oso mudslide in Snohomish County aren’t likely to see an insurance payout.

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NPR Story
3:47 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

President Obama To Visit Oso Landslide Site

File photo of cleanup at the site of the Oso landslide site on April 3, 2014.
Washington National Guard

President Barack Obama is expected to visit the site of the deadly landslide in Snohomish County, Wash., later this month.

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NPR Story
4:52 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Kitzhaber Off To Big Fundraising Lead In Oregon Governor's Race

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber (L) has built a sizeable fundraising lead over his likely Republican challenger Dennis Richardson.
Campaign photos

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 5:44 pm

The troubled roll-out of Oregon's health insurance exchange isn't hurting the state's governor when it comes to political fundraising.

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Transportation
6:11 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input

File photo of a megaload parked along Idaho’s Highway 12.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon.

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Landslide
4:26 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Landslide Insurance Costly -- And Few Have It

Washington Air National Guard members from the 141 Civil Engineer Squadron look out at the hill that was the origin of the mudslide while searching the debris field.
Army Staff Sgt. Rory Featherston WA ANG Washington National Guard

Washington Governor Jay Inslee Monday filed a formal request for a federal disaster declaration.

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NPR Story
9:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

One Week Later, Prayers For Landslide Victims And Stories Of Survival

Isaac Hall (center) was one of the first on the scene after the devastating March 22nd landslide near Oso, Wash.
Kara McDermott

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 4:26 pm

The death roll has risen to 21 following the massive landslide near Oso, Washington. But the number of missing has been lowered dramatically -- to 30.

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7:11 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Landslide Death Toll Rises, Number Of Missing Drops

Diners at the Bluebird Café in downtown Arlington, Washington observe a moment of silence to mark one week since the landslide disaster.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

The death toll has risen to 18 following the devastating landslide near Oso, Washington, but the number of people missing has fallen dramatically -- down to 30.

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NPR Story
6:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Disaster Response Includes Concerns For Mental Health

Snohomish County Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:30 pm

The waiting continues for family and friends of the dozens of people missing after last weekend's deadly landslide near Oso, Wash.

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12:59 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Landslide Death Toll Expected To Rise

Rescue workers on the west side of the Oso Mudslide on Highway 530
Maj. Tawny Dotson Washington National Guard

The death toll stands at 25 Thursday following the massive landslide near Oso, Washington. Sixteen of those victims have been seen by the Medical Examiner.

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NPR Story
5:29 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Oregon Health Insurance Deadline Extended

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber called the audit of Cover Oregon a 'sobering critique' of the state's healht insurance exchange.
Office of the Governor

Oregonians who want to apply for insurance through the state's troubled health insurance exchange now have some more breathing room.

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NPR Story
4:25 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Why It's So Hard To Pin Down The Number Of Missing People After A Disaster

An aerial View of the landslide over SR 530 near Oso, Wash.
WSDOT Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:34 am

More than 100 people are considered missing after last weekend's devastating landslide near Oso, Washington. That number continues to fluctuate.

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NPR Story
6:21 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Oregon Fines Wildlife Sanctuary Following Deadly Cougar Attack

File photo of a female cougar
Steve Jurvetson Flickr

The state of Oregon is fining a wildlife sanctuary $5,600 after a cougar attack last fall left its head keeper dead.

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