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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The 91-year-old passed away Sunday evening
2:46 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh Dead At 91

Originally published on Mon July 21, 2014 4:00 pm

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh has died. The 91-year-old passed away Sunday evening at Portland's Providence St. Vincent Medical Center of complications from renal failure.

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Friday during the first debate
3:39 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Tangle In First Debate

GOP challenger Dennis Richardson (left) and incumbent Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber debated in Salem Friday.

Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 3:37 pm

Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Dennis Richardson traded barbs Friday during the first debate of the 2014 Oregon governor's race. The 75 minute face-off was held during a meeting of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association in Salem.

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more than a dozen wildfires
5:28 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Northwest Crews Continue To Battle Many Large Fires

A view of the Bridge 99 Complex fire along Green Ridge near the Lookout and east of Camp Sherman and the Metolius River.

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 5:17 pm

The next few days will be critical for crews battling more than a dozen wildfires in the Northwest. Forecasters have issued a Red Flag Warning for a large swath of eastern Oregon and Washington.

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suspected of setting more than a dozen fires
3:28 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Southern Oregon Town On The Lookout For Serial Arsonist

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 4:03 pm

Police in the southern Oregon city of Medford are on the lookout for a serial arsonist. Officials say someone is suspected of setting more than a dozen fires so far this month, including as many as four in one night.

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"Let It Go"
8:54 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions

Angela Bailey farms decorative trees and shrubs near Gresham, Oregon.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:01 pm

Water is a common and often contentious issue in the West. But now, farmers across the country are also riled up because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act.

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Environment
6:57 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill

File photo of 2013's Little Queens Fire near the town of Atlanta, Idaho.

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 4:54 pm

Whether it’s due to negligence or arson, thousands of wildfires each year are caused by humans. And the person or business who starts a fire can expect a bill.

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bitcoin contributions
3:09 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Campaign Wants Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash

File photo of a "physical" Bitcoin

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 5:10 pm

The group behind the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon is now accepting bitcoin contributions.

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protects water bodies across the United States
2:42 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions

Angela Bailey farms decorative trees and shrubs near Gresham, Oregon.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:02 pm

Water is a common and often contentious issue in the West. But now, farmers across the country are also riled up because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act.

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Politics & Government
9:51 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oregon GMO-Labeling Campaign Submits Signatures

Supporters of an initiative that would require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients rally in front of the Oregon capitol Wednesday.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 4:10 pm

Oregon voters may get the chance to require food companies to label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. Sponsors of an initiative to require that turned in more than 150,000 signatures Wednesday in an effort to make the ballot this November.

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NPR Story
5:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oregon To Investigate Failed Firearm Background Checks

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 5:01 pm

It's a crime for convicted felons or people with certain known mental health problems to attempt to buy a gun. But until recently not much happened in Oregon if someone tried to skirt the law.

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