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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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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alcohol-related medical emergencies
4:32 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

New Oregon Law Aims To Prevent Underage Alcohol Poisoning

Andreas Solberg - andreassolberg Flickr

Originally published on Wed December 31, 2014 3:06 pm

People under age of 21 in Oregon will have legal immunity if they report alcohol-related medical emergencies. It's one of several new laws taking effect with the New Year.

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Labor/Employment
10:00 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Oregon, Washington Minimum Wage Set For Increase

The minimum wage is going up by 15 cents an hourin both Washington and Oregon to $9.47 in Washington and $9.25 in Oregon.

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 3:20 pm

The new year will mean higher pay for low-wage workers in Oregon and Washington. The minimum wage in both states is set for an increase.

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Environment
9:59 am
Sun December 28, 2014

Oregon Agency Wants To Use Drones To Count Fish And Birds

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife believes aerial surveys performed by drones could be cheaper and safer than surveys gathered by airplane or helicopter.
Dkroetsch Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 2:33 pm

Wildlife biologists in Oregon could soon have a new tool to count hard-to-reach salmon and coastal birds after the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the purchase of two drones to conduct aerial surveys.

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