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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Community colleges are economic first responders
3:36 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Improving Economy Means Lower Enrollment At Community Colleges

File photo of Portland Community College's Willow Creek Center in Hillsboro, Ore.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 4:15 pm

The improving employment picture in the Northwest isn't good news if you teach at a community college.

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Friday protests at Walmarts nationwide
11:14 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Northwesterners Join In National Walmart Protest

Protesters in front of the Albany, Oregon Walmart.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 3:30 pm

As the Christmas shopping season gets into full-swing, Black Friday was a day of protest for some in the Northwest.

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Oregon among nation's top five producers
3:57 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Northwest Cranberry Growers Wish You’d Eat Their Product Year-Round

Northwest cranberry growers are trying to get more of their product into the supermarket produce section. These berries are for sale at a Salem, Oregon grocery store.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 3:16 pm

One out of every five cranberries grown in the U.S. is eaten Thanksgiving week, according to industry giant Ocean Spray.

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double the timber harvest in 18 Oregon counties
3:14 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Wyden Timber Plan Aims To Bolster Hard-Hit Logging Towns

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber introduces U.S. Senator Ron Wyden during a press conference at the Oregon capitol Tuesday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue November 26, 2013 3:10 pm

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says his latest proposal to increase logging on Oregon forest land will also respect environmental concerns. 

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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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