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.


8:49 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

President Obama To Visit Oso Landslide Site

File photo of cleanup at the site of the Oso landslide site on April 3, 2014.
Washington National Guard

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 2:47 pm

President Barack Obama is expected to visit the site of the deadly landslide in Snohomish County, Wash., later this month.

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political fundraising
3:55 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Kitzhaber Off To Big Fundraising Lead In Oregon Governor's Race

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber (L) has built a sizeable fundraising lead over his likely Republican challenger Dennis Richardson.
Campaign photos

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 4:44 pm

The troubled roll-out of Oregon's health insurance exchange isn't hurting the state's governor when it comes to political fundraising.

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Washington Slide Update
4:03 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

One Week Later, Prayers For Landslide Victims And Stories Of Survival

Isaac Hall (center) was one of the first on the scene after the devastating March 22nd landslide near Oso, Wash.
Kara McDermott

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 3:26 pm

The death roll has risen to 21 following the massive landslide near Oso, Washington. But the number of missing has been lowered dramatically -- to 30.

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The death toll has risen to 18
3:50 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Landslide Death Toll Rises, Number Of Missing Drops

Diners at the Bluebird Café in downtown Arlington, Washington observe a moment of silence to mark one week since the landslide disaster.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 6:11 pm

The death toll has risen to 18 following the devastating landslide near Oso, Washington, but the number of people missing has fallen dramatically -- down to 30.

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More Time to Enroll in Cover Oregon
4:37 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Oregon Health Insurance Deadline Extended

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber called the audit of Cover Oregon a 'sobering critique' of the state's healht insurance exchange.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:29 pm

Oregonians who want to apply for insurance through the state's troubled health insurance exchange now have some more breathing room.

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cougar attack last fall
3:19 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Oregon Fines Wildlife Sanctuary Following Deadly Cougar Attack

File photo of a female cougar
Steve Jurvetson Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 5:21 pm

The state of Oregon is fining a wildlife sanctuary $5,600 after a cougar attack last fall left its head keeper dead.

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Law and Justice
8:22 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Attorneys Cast Doubt On Effectiveness Of New Oregon Mugshot Law

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 5:05 pm

A formerly lucrative trade that posted mugshots on commercial websites was undercut last year by the Oregon legislature.

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Oregon's health insurance exchange
3:13 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Independent Audit Outlines Problems At Cover Oregon

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber called the audit of Cover Oregon a ' sobering critique' of the state's health insurance exchange.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:53 pm

According to a scathing audit from an independent consultant, Oregon's health insurance exchange was riddled with internal conflict and unrealistic expectations.

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Lawsuit Settled
9:12 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oregon Housing Agency Must Pay Settlement In Disability Discrimination Case

The Housing Authority of Douglas County must pay a $167,000 settlement after evicting a family with a disability service dog.

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 5:19 pm

An Oregon housing agency must pay up after evicting a family with a disability service dog.

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Oregonians Unprepared for Retirement
5:43 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Oregon Panel To Look At Ways To Increase Rates Of Retirement Savings

401(K) 2013 Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 17, 2014 5:01 pm

The responsibility of saving for retirement is falling more and more on the shoulders of employees.

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