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

Mixed News For Northwest Exchanges As Enrollment Deadline Approaches

Wikimedia

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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hashing out a compromise
4:06 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers May Allow Temporary Marijuana Dispensary Bans

Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 4:00 pm

Oregon lawmakers are hashing out a compromise on whether to allow cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Cover Oregon Take 2
6:11 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Try To Avoid Another Cover Oregon Fiasco

The website for Oregon's health insurance exchange still isn't fully functional.
Cover Oregon

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 4:32 pm

Oregon lawmakers say they want to avoid another high-profile tech blunder like the problems facing the state's online health insurance exchange.

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Politics & Government
10:01 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Oregon Begins To Accept Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applications

Mjpresson Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 5:35 pm

Oregon launched its medical marijuana dispensary program Monday. Nearly 300 dispensary owners signed up at this first opportunity for a state license.

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Politics & Government
10:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Kitzhaber Claims Truce In Potentially Divisive Ballot Measures

File photo of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 5:27 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he's brokered a deal that will avoid a potentially divisive battle at the ballot box this fall.

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The $200 Million Question
2:54 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Clock Ticking On Major Cancer Research Grant

Dr. Brian Druker heads the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:27 am

Nike chairman Phil Knight is offering a prominent Oregon medical school $500 million for cancer research. However, it comes with a huge string attached.

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