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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"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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Step Toward Legalization
7:38 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Campaigners Turn In Petitions

Chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares boxes of signatures to submit to the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem.

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 5:10 pm

Oregon could soon follow Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana.

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primary voting system
3:24 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Oregon Voters Could Decide On 'Top Two' Primary System

Chief petitioner Jim Kelly turns in six boxes of signatures for the top two primary initiative.

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 3:15 pm

Oregon voters might have the chance to overhaul the state's primary voting system this fall. Sponsors of an initiative to create a "top two" primary turned in six cases of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Monday.

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Politics & Government
6:49 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Oregon Voters To Consider Equal Rights Amendment

A vintage Equal Rights Amendment pin from the 1970s.

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 4:58 pm

Oregon voters will get to decide whether to grant equal rights to women this fall. If that sounds like a blast from the past, it's because the proposed amendment to the state constitution is nearly identical to the version that failed nationally in the 1970s.

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Drought Impacts Wheat Crop
7:19 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 5:27 pm

Farmers in Oregon, Idaho and Washington are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The weather forecast has a lot to do with it.

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