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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5:36 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Oregon, Oracle Tangle In Federal Court

Oracle was the chief technology firm on the failed Cover Oregon website.
Cover Oregon

A federal court judge in Portland said Friday that for now, Oracle can’t have its way and keep its suit against the state of Oregon in federal court.

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6:08 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Oregon's Food Labeling Measure Appears Headed For Recount

A ballot measure in Oregon that would require labels on genetically engineered foods could be heading for a recount.
Lindsay Eyink

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 8:09 pm

It appears Oregon is headed for its first statewide ballot measure recount in more than six years.

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5:59 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Could Make Changes To Pot Measure

A new law to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon takes effect next year.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

A new law to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon doesn't begin to take effect until next year. That means state lawmakers have the chance to tweak the measure before it kicks in.

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5:59 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline: Northwest Senators Vote Along Party Lines

File photo from 2009 of a 30-inch pipe for the Keystone Pipeline near Swanton, Nebraska.

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 6:35 pm

Northwest lawmakers voted along party lines as the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to reject a plan to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

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6:07 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Oregon's Measure 92 Supporters Still Haven't Conceded

Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods sold in Oregon.

Oregon’s Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods.

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4:30 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Expanding Oregon Economy Could Trigger 'Kicker'

Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

An improving Oregon economy could trigger the state's first personal income tax kicker since 2007.

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6:24 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

'Astounding' Number Of Write-Ins In One Oregon County

There was no candidate on the ballot in a race for a position on the Soil and Water Conservation District in Marion County, Oregon, this month. So nearly 8,000 names received write-in votes.

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4:28 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Oregon Ethics Commission Is Looking Into Governor, First Lady

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission meets in Salem.

Oregon's Ethics Commission is officially looking into actions taken by Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

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6:49 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Oregon Ethics Panel To Discuss First Lady's Actions

File photo of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes in December 2013.

Some of the issues that nagged Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in the closing weeks of his re-election campaign have yet to be resolved.

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5:05 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Oregon Governor Still Wary Of Marijuana Legalization

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber said he's concerned about how the state will implement the voter-approved marijuana legalization initiative.

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6:11 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Democrats Make Gains In Oregon Legislature

Democrats in the Oregon legislature fared far better in Tuesday's elections than their counterparts in Congress.

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7:12 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Oregon Voters Reject Top-Two Primary

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 8:37 am

Oregon voters have rejected a top two primary. Measure 90 would have created a nonpartisan primary for all candidates.

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1:31 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Kitzhaber Wins Fourth Term As Oregon Governor

Oregon governor John Kitzhaber waves to supporters at Democratic party election night headquarters in Portland, Oregon, November 4, 2014.

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 7:20 am

John Kitzhaber is headed back to office for an unprecedented fourth term as Oregon Governor.

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5:54 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Big Money Still Flows Into TV Ads Despite Shifting Media Landscape

A screengrab of a 'Yes on 92' ad.

This has been a record-setting year in Oregon when it comes to election spending.

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6:02 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Campaigns Trade Barbs As Oregon Governor's Race Enters Closing Days

Dennis Richardson addresses reporters in Portland.

The Republican running for Oregon governor is dialing up the rhetoric against incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber.

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6:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

The Twists And Turns Of The Oregon Governor's Race

Governor John Kitzhaber (left) and Republican challenger Dennis RIchardson.

The race for Oregon governor was supposed to be predictable. An incumbent Democrat is running in a state that hasn't elected a Republican as governor since 1982.

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6:25 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New App Lets You See If Your Facebook Friends Have Voted

The latest get-out-the-vote tool is a new app lets Oregonians see if their Facebook friends have voted yet. If they haven't, the app lets the user badger them until they do.

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6:08 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Yogi Berra Would Love This Year's Oregon Ballot

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

It's like deja vu all over again for Oregon voters this year. And it's not just because John Kitzhaber is making his fourth run for governor.

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3:47 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Richardson Asks For Federal Investigation Of Kitzhaber

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson

The Republican running for governor in Oregon has asked for a federal criminal investigation into his opponent.

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5:53 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Big Bucks Pour In For Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns

Oregon’s ballot measure campaigns are continuing to pull in big-money donations.

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