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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6:25 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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9:30 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Richardson, Kitzhaber Clash In Final Debate

Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson faced off in their final debate in Medford Monday.

Some Oregon voters have already cast their ballot, but the leading candidates for governor managed to squeeze in one last debate Monday night. 



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4:12 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Money Battle In Oregon Food Labeling Measure Mirrors Washington

File photo of signs marking a field of genetically modified corn

Oregon's Measure 92 appears to be the most expensive ballot measure campaign in the state's history.

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6:17 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Richardson Defends Votes He Made In Favor Of Kitzhaber Priorities

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson is defending votes he made in the legislature in favor of his opponent's political priorities. 

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8:52 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Kitzhaber, Richardson Again Clash Over Role Of First Lady

The behavior of Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes provoked the sharpest exchanges during a gubernatorial debate in Portland Tuesday night on television station KGW.

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4:17 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Oregon Supreme Court Hears Public Pension Arguments

Greg Hartman, lead attorney for the PERS coalition of public employees, delivers oral arguments before the Oregon Supreme Court in Salem. Pool photo.

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 11:46 am

Oregon's highest court is pondering the fate of cuts to the state's public pension system. Justices heard arguments Tuesday from attorneys for retired public workers and for the state.

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4:24 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Oregon High Court To Hear Arguments On Pension Cuts

File photo of the Oregon Supreme Court Building in Salem.

The Oregon Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case that pits public employee unions against state government over cuts to Oregon's public pension system.

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4:25 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Kitzhaber, Richardson Clash Over Role Of First Lady

John Kitzhaber and Dennis Richardson shared the stage at the Portland City Club.

Oregon Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson clashed Friday over the role of the state's first lady during a debate at Portland City Club.

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9:09 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Oregon's First Lady Admits 'Illegal Act'

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

Oregon's first lady said she committed a federal crime 17 years ago. Cylvia Hayes told reporters Thursday that she married a man for the sole purpose of helping him get a Green Card.

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6:01 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Oregon's First Lady Admits To Sham Marriage

File photo of Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes speaking in Bend in 2012.

Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes said she made a "serious mistake" when she married an 18-year-old immigrant in 1997.

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5:20 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Parties Jockey To Win Control Of Oregon Legislature

Sara Gelser (center) is surrounded by campaign workers and volunteers at her Corvallis field office.

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 11:04 am

You need 16 votes to pass a bill in the Oregon Senate. Democrats control the Oregon Senate, 16-14, but one of their members often votes with Republicans on social and environmental issues.

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6:23 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

John McCain Stumps For Oregon Senate Candidate Monica Wehby

Arizona Senator John McCain campaigned in Salem for Oregon GOP Senate hopeful Monica Wehby.

Arizona Senator John McCain came to Oregon Thursday to stump for Republican Senate hopeful Monica Wehby.

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5:51 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Oregon To Investigate Complaints Of Racial Discrimination At Daimler Trucks

The state of Oregon is investigating complaints of racial discrimination at Daimler Trucks North America.

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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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