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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6:32 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Feds Hand Hiring Authority Back To BPA

File photo of the Bonneville Dam spillway

The U.S. Department of Energy says the Bonneville Power Administration can be in charge of hiring new employees again.

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4:23 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Hot Button Issues Divide Oregon Governor Candidates At Debate

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson held their second debate Friday in Sunriver.

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson faced-off in the resort town of Sunriver.

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9:38 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Two Political Veterans Headline Oregon Governor's Race

Incumbent John Kitzhaber, left, is seeking re-election against challenger Dennis Richardson.

The race for Oregon governor is a battle between two political veterans. Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber is seeking an unprecedented fourth term. Republican Dennis Richardson is hoping for a promotion from his long-held seat in the Oregon House.

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4:55 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Oregon Cities Consider Taxes On Recreational Marijuana

A number of Oregon cities are considering imposing their own local taxes on legal marijuana sales.

Some Oregon cities are setting themselves up for a possible legal battle if Oregon voters approve a marijuana legalization initiative this fall.

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5:35 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Oregon Voters To Consider Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

File photo. Measure 91 chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares to drop off initiative signatures at the state capitol in June.

Oregonians will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.

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6:27 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Hit The Airwaves

Both of Oregon's major-party candidates for governor plan to blanket the airwaves this fall.

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4:17 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Oregon Fire Season 'Continues To Push And Challenge'

A view of the 36 Pit Fire From Highway 224 near Estacada, Oregon.

A wildfire near Estacada, Oregon, southeast of Portland, has grown to more than 3,500 acres and threatens more than 160 homes.

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5:53 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Oregon Could Implement Retirement Plan For Private-Sector Workers

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler

Oregonians could have another option when it comes to saving for the future.

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3:52 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Cover Oregon Officials Set To Face State Lawmakers

State lawmakers are set to grill the leaders of Cover Oregon on Monday and Tuesday.

The leaders of Oregon's struggling health insurance exchange will be grilled by state lawmakers in a series of hearings at the capitol on Monday and Tuesday.

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9:09 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Measure 90 Would Bring Top Two Primaries To Oregon

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 10:29 am

This fall, Oregon voters will choose between five candidates for U.S. senator and six candidates for governor. It could be the last time the general election ballot is this crowded in Oregon.

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6:11 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Oregon Warns Unlicensed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Close

Oregon is warning some unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries to close their doors. This summer, the state has sent letters to nine storefront pot dealers ordering them to shut down.

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5:30 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh To Be Remembered At Capitol

File photo of former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh will be remembered at the Oregon state Capitol on September 3.

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5:15 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Northwest Gas Prices Among Nation's Highest

Northwest drivers plan to hit the roads this holiday weekend despite paying some of the highest gas prices in the nation according to AAA.

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6:43 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Court Turns Down Latest Attempt To Intervene In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

File photo of the James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals Building in San Francisco.

A federal judge in Oregon this spring cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin when state officials refused to defend the voter-approved ban in court. Now, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has turned down an attempt by the National Organization For Marriage to step in.

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5:05 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Steady, But Kicker A Possibility

Oregon's economy is humming along at a good clip, according to the latest outlook released Wednesday by state economists.

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6:47 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Kitzhaber Creates Commission To Study Capitol Statue Squabble

A statue of early pioneer missionary Jason Lee stands in the U.S. Capitol Building ... for now.

Each state is represented by two statues in the United States Capitol Building. Some Oregon lawmakers have tried repeatedly to replace one of their state's specimens.

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4:59 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Recall Effort In Southern Oregon City Falls Short

Breeze Botanicals owner Brie Malarkey stands in front of the medical marijuana dispensary at the heart of a recall election in Gold Hill, Oregon.

An attempt to remove most of the city council in the southern Oregon city of Gold Hill has fallen short.

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4:35 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Comic Book Aims To Boost Earthquake Preparedness

Dark Horse Comics produced a 12-page booklet to educate the public about earthquake preparedness.

Emergency managers in Oregon have a new tool to educate the public about earthquake preparedness. It's a comic book. And it's co-produced by one of the nation's top comic book publishers.

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8:41 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Marijuana Dispensary Leads To Small Town Political Showdown

Brie Malarkey owns Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill, Oregon.

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 4:56 pm

The town of Gold Hill, Oregon is in turmoil. Two-thirds of its City Council is the subject of a recall election on Monday.

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9:29 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Major Parties Oppose Oregon's Top Two Primary Ballot Measure

The Citizens Initiative Review, a group of Oregon voters brought together to consider the pros and cons of a Top Two primary system, have issued their recommendation: They're against it.

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