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.

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would require many employers to offer paid sick leave.

Oregon lawmakers still have a lot on their plate as the 2015 session enters its final weeks.

Oregon could become the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats in most circumstances.

The state worker who leaked thousands of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's emails to the press won't be charged with a crime.

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a bill that would for the first time officially define the spouse or partner of a governor.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said the state IT manager who leaked thousands of her predecessor's emails should not be prosecuted.

When you buy gas for your car, you're paying a flat, per-gallon tax. But Oregon is starting a new program July 1 that would change things.

Oregon's Ethics Commission would have to speed up its investigations under a measure approved in the Oregon House Thursday.

Supporters of a proposal to extend paid sick time to most Oregon workers say the legislation has stalled.

Opponents of two liquefied natural gas export terminals proposed for Oregon will take their message to the state capitol Tuesday.

Democratic Representative Tobias Read introduced a bill Thursday that would divert a potential kicker tax rebate.

Oregon is looking for volunteers for a new pay-by-the-mile tax.

Oregon would no longer be the only state without an impeachment process if some state lawmakers get their way.

Oregon lawmakers will consider a proposal that would allow women to get oral contraceptives and contraceptive patches without a doctor's prescription.

Oregon could join a national movement to change the way the president is elected.

As Northwest states debate whether to raise the minimum wage as high as $15 per hour, some adults with developmental disabilities continue to be paid as little as 25 cents per hour.

The future of marijuana policy in the Oregon legislature is still unclear.

A special legislative committee meant to help pave the way for legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon has hit some road bumps.

The Oregon Senate approved a measure Monday that would ban sales of e-cigarettes to minors as well as ban the use of e-cigarettes in the same places where traditional cigarettes are prohibited.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill Monday that will require criminal background checks for anyone who buys a gun from a private party.

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