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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Politics & Government
10:25 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

U.S. Attorney Asks Oregon To Pause Investigation Of Kitzhaber

Federal investigators have requested that Oregon delay it's own investigation of former Governor John Kitzhaber
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:39 pm

The state probe into ethics allegations against former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is being halted, at least for now.

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Politics & Government
10:23 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Oregon Capitol Awaits Signals From New Governor

Oregon Governor Kate Brown delivers her inaugural address on February 18, 2015.
Alan Sylvestre

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:20 am

Kate Brown became Governor of Oregon without the messy business of running a campaign.

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Politics & Government
9:28 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Oregon Governor Says Past Votes Don't Bind Her Future Policy Decisions

Prior to becoming Oregon's governor, Kate Brown was elected as Oregon's secretary of state in 2008 and served in the state legislature for 17 years.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 4:01 pm

Oregon's new governor Kate Brown said Thursday that votes she took as a state lawmaker aren't necessarily a sign of where she stands on present-day issues.

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Environment
6:26 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Electric Vehicle Backers Push For Tax Incentives

Electric vehicle manufacturers had a show-and-tell in front of the Oregon capitol building Wednesday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 25, 2015 5:40 pm

Oregon lawmakers are considering a possible hike in the gas tax this session. Supporters say it's needed in order to offset stagnant revenues due to more fuel efficient vehicles.

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Politics & Government
7:00 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Oregon Requests Probe Of Email Leak

Former Governor John Kitzhaber resigned on February 18.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 4:55 pm

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services has requested a criminal investigation over the matter of who leaked some sensitive emails to the media.

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Law and Justice
7:32 am
Mon February 23, 2015

New Oregon Governor Continues Moratorium On Executions

Oregon Governor Kate Brown will continue a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty in the state.
Alan Sylvestre OPB

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:23 pm

Oregon's new governor Kate Brown said she'll continue a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty.

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Politics & Government
7:25 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Oregon Economists Predicting 'Likely' Kicker

Shaundd Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 3:01 pm

Oregon taxpayers could receive an unexpected windfall next year.

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Politics & Government
10:31 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Kate Brown Sworn In As Oregon Governor

Kate Brown is sworn in as governor in the Oregon state capitol.
Alan Sylvestre OPB

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 4:38 pm

Kate Brown has been sworn in as Oregon's 38th governor.

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Politics & Government
9:24 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Kitzhaber Announces His Resignation Amid Multiple Investigations

Oregon governor John Kitzhaber waves to supporters at Democratic party election night headquarters in Portland on November 4, 2014.
Alan Sylvestre OPB

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 11:38 pm

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is resigning amidst multiple ongoing criminal investigations.

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Politics
1:22 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Ore. Governor Resigns Amid Ethics Investigation

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 3:29 pm

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Politics & Government
9:33 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Oregon Now Has Third Major Political Party

Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 8:39 am

The Oregon Secretary of State announced Monday that the state now has a third major political party. The Independent Party has achieved the status that until now, was enjoyed by only Democrats and Republicans.

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Politics & Government
6:44 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Oregon Attorney General Says She's Investigating Governor Kitzhaber

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has opened an investigation of Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 2:56 pm

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has opened an investigation of Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

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Health
8:12 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Northwest Lawmakers Aim For Higher Immunization Rates

Should it be it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children?
CDC

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 5:54 pm

Some Northwest lawmakers want to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.

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Politics & Government
9:05 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Kitzhaber Recall Efforts Could Prove Futile, For Now

File photo. At least two recall petitions have been filed against Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 5:35 pm

Advisers to the Republican defeated last year by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber have filed a recall petition against him.

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Politics & Government
2:02 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Oregon Attorney General 'Considering Options' Regarding The Governor

File photo. Many are calling on Oregon's attorney general to investigate the governor and the first lady.
Michael Clapp OPB

Originally published on Fri February 6, 2015 1:03 pm

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said recent allegations against Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes are "serious and troubling."

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Politics & Government
5:32 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Minimum Wage Battle Brewing In Salem

Shaundd Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 4:11 pm

Oregon lawmakers are set to consider a measure that would raise the wage to $15 per hour.

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Politics & Government
9:06 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Legislative Panel To Consider Possible Changes To Oregon Marijuana Law

A panel of Oregon lawmakers will consider changes to the voter-approved law that legalized marijuana in the state.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 4:11 pm

A panel of Oregon lawmakers will take a first look Wednesday at changes to Measure 91 -- the voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana.

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advancing technology surrounding driverless cars
5:43 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Oregon Lawmaker To Bring Back Driverless Car Bill

File photo of a Google driverless car operating on a testing path.
Steve Jurvetson Flickr

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 5:06 pm

One of the big draws at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week is the rapidly advancing technology surrounding driverless cars.

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those left behind in the state's economic recovery
5:43 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Oregon Governor Urges Business Leaders To Remember Those Left Behind

Gov. John Kitzhaber
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 4:04 pm

At a business summit in Portland Tuesday, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber urged business executives not to forget about those left behind in the state's economic recovery.

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Politics & Government
7:38 am
Sat January 3, 2015

Kitzhaber Prepares His Fourth Inauguration Speech

File photo. John Kitzhaber delivers his third inaugural address on January 10, 2011 at the state capitol in Salem.
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 5:50 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has until January 12 to put the finishing touches on his inaugural address. But writing the speech should be old hat to the governor.

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