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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(Really) Small Town Politics
4:23 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Meet The Politicians Who Run One Of Oregon's Smallest Towns

Prescott City Council member Jim Larson stands in front of the City Hall he helped build in 1970.
Credit Chris Lehman/Northwest News Network

  There are some towns in the Northwest that are so small, nearly everybody is a politician.

  

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Oregon could be on the list of states
3:39 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Marijuana Legalization

Oregon voters could choose whether to legalize marijuana next year.
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:23 pm

First, it was Washington and Colorado. Now, Oregon could be on the list of states where recreational marijuana use is legal.

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financial prognosticators saw it coming
3:23 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Oregon's Economic Expansion 'Getting Stronger'

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
Matt Howry Flickr

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 3:49 pm

Oregon's revenue outlook is basically flat, but that doesn't mean the economy is stagnant.

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NPR Story
5:01 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Cover Oregon Director Says Online Exchange Won't Be Ready By Deadline

Cover Oregon Executive Director Rocky King testifies before a panel of Oregon lawmakers.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:42 pm

Oregon’s online health insurance exchange won’t be up and running in time for people to get covered by the beginning of the year.

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yet to enroll applicant through website
3:58 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers To Grill Leaders Of Beleaguered Health Insurance Exchange

Oregon's health insurance exchange has yet to enroll a single applicant through its website.
Cover Oregon

Originally published on Tue November 19, 2013 3:08 pm

Oregon lawmakers want to know why the state's beleaguered health insurance exchange has yet to enroll a single applicant through its website.

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Affordable Care Act could be a hot topic
3:58 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Congressional Incumbents Face Re-Election Heat Over Health Care Law

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
US Senate

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:40 am

Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley Wednesday signed on to legislation to allow people to keep their current insurance plans under the new federal health care law.

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NPR Story
3:51 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Group Helps Family Dogs Stay Safe And Untethered

Juventino Guijosa and his dog, Sisi.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 8:09 am

Oregon canines will be howling an unchained melody starting in January. That's when a new law takes effect that makes it illegal to tie up your dog too long.

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NPR Story
8:35 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Uptick In Measles Cases Highlights Need For Vaccination

File photo. Recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection.
Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 5:19 pm

Public health officials say recent measles cases in the Northwest highlight the need to be vaccinated against the infection.

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NPR Story
6:18 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Oregon GMO Labeling Advocates Vow To Push Ahead Despite Washington Loss

File photo of a protest in Washington DC on October 12, 2013.
Stephen D. Melkisethian Flickr

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 3:30 pm

The latest vote tallies from Washington confirm voters have rejected an initiative to require labels for food containing genetically modified organisms.

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NPR Story
6:27 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Oregon Could Be Next GMO Labeling Battleground

File photo of a wheat harvest on the Palouse.
USDA

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 5:18 pm

Washington voters decide Tuesday whether food containing genetically modified organisms should be labeled. Activists in Oregon are planning their own initiative.

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