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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Kitzhaber wants to be the first
3:25 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Kitzhaber Kicks Off Bid For Record Fourth Term

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced his re-election bid at Earl Boyles Elementary School in Portland. He was joined by Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes.
Michael Clapp OPB

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 2:45 pm

No governor of Oregon has ever served four terms. John Kitzhaber says he wants to be the first. 

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NPR Story
4:13 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Kitzhaber Expected To Announce Re-Election Bid

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

Originally published on Sun December 8, 2013 4:14 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has scheduled an announcement at a Portland elementary school where he says he'll discuss his plans for the coming year.

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NPR Story
7:11 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Oregon Insurance Officials Defend Health Plan Extensions

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 4:59 pm

Oregon's insurance commissioner is defending a decision to allow health insurance companies to keep policies in place for a year even if they don't comply with the Affordable Care Act.

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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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