Chris Lehman

Salem Correspondent

Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage.  Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

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.

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Health
7:47 am
Sat November 22, 2014

Oregon, Oracle Tangle In Federal Court

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

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:36 pm

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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Politics & Government
5:59 am
Fri November 21, 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 7:09 pm

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

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recreational marijuana in Oregon
2:53 pm
Thu November 20, 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

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 4:59 pm

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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Keystone XL oil pipeline
1:53 pm
Wed November 19, 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 5:35 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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still losing by about 4,500 votes
2:43 pm
Mon November 17, 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.

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 5:07 pm

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

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Oregon economy
6:05 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Expanding Oregon Economy Could Trigger 'Kicker'

Oregon State Capitol in Salem.

Originally published on Thu November 13, 2014 3:30 pm

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

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questions raised about Cylvia Hayes
3:29 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Oregon Ethics Commission Is Looking Into Governor, First Lady

The Oregon Government Ethics Commission meets in Salem.

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 3:28 pm

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

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marijuana legalization initiative
2:00 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Oregon Governor Still Wary Of Marijuana Legalization

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:05 pm

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

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Politics & Government
9:55 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.

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 5:49 pm

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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Politics & Government
5:46 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Democrats Make Gains In Oregon Legislature

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:11 pm

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

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Politics & Government
7:19 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Big Money Still Flows Into TV Ads Despite Shifting Media Landscape

A screengrab of a 'Yes on 92' ad.

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 4:54 pm

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

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Politics & Government
11:25 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

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

Dennis Richardson addresses reporters in Portland.

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:02 pm

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

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race for Oregon governor
3:06 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

The Twists And Turns Of The Oregon Governor's Race

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

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 5:43 pm

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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Politics & Government
3:50 am
Tue October 28, 2014

New App Lets You See If Your Facebook Friends Have Voted

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:25 pm

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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deja vu all over again for Oregon voters
2:40 pm
Mon October 27, 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.

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:08 pm

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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investigation into his opponent
3:24 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Richardson Asks For Federal Investigation Of Kitzhaber

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 2:47 pm

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

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continuing to pull in big-money donations
5:08 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Big Bucks Pour In For Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 4:53 pm

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

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faced off in their final debate
4:10 pm
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.

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 8:30 am

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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most expensive ballot measure campaign
3:02 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Money Battle In Oregon Food Labeling Measure Mirrors Washington

File photo of signs marking a field of genetically modified corn

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 3:12 pm

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

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Politics & Government
10:23 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Richardson Defends Votes He Made In Favor Of Kitzhaber Priorities

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 5:17 pm

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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