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.


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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new health insurance exchanges
3:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Mixed News For Northwest Exchanges As Enrollment Deadline Approaches


Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 4:17 pm

You only have until the end of this month to sign up for coverage using one of the new health insurance exchanges.

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unofficially underway Tuesday
5:13 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Filing Day Marks Unofficial Kick-Off To Oregon Campaign Season

A state elections worker puts another name up on the board in the Oregon House showing candidates who have filed to run in the May 2014 primary.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 6:25 pm

Oregon candidates are off to the races. The campaign season unofficially got underway Tuesday with the deadline to file to run in the May primary.

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2014 legislative session
6:23 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Gavel 2014 Legislative Session To A Close

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 5:22 pm

The Oregon legislature has wrapped up its 2014 legislative session. The final gavel fell Friday afternoon as lawmakers wrapped up the loose ends on a handful of bills.

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Politics & Government
4:59 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

As Session Drags On, Oregon Lawmakers Tangle Over Class-Action Bill

Chris Phan Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:18 pm

Oregon lawmakers are struggling to finish their work before this weekend's deadline to adjourn.

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GAO Probes Oregon Health Exchange
5:45 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Feds Confirm Investigation Into Cover Oregon

Headquarters of the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C.
Rob Ketcherside Flickr

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 5:19 pm

Federal officials confirmed Wednesday that they will investigate the troubled roll-out of Oregon's health insurance exchange website.

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