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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Politics & Government
7:30 am
Fri February 28, 2014

In Wake Of Arizona Veto, Similar Measures Considered In Northwest

Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 6:26 am

Amidst the debate over the now-vetoed Arizona bill that would have protected businesses that refuse to serve gays and others for religious reasons, gay rights groups in the Northwest say similar legislation could surface here.

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Politics & Government
7:12 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Ease Penalties For Inadvertent Alcohol Sales

The penalty for mistakenly selling alcohol to minors in Oregon could soon be reduced to a violation.
Michael Kappel Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 4:52 am

Checkout clerks in Oregon who accidentally sell alcohol to minors could have fewer repercussions to fear.

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Health
9:13 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Researchers Say Liquor Privatization Has Reshaped Youth Alcohol Perceptions

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 10:16 pm

Hard alcohol is much more convenient to buy in Washington these days.

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prohibition of same-sex marriages
2:44 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Oregon Will Not Defend Itself In Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuits

Chantal Andrea/File photo

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 7:03 am

Oregon will not defend itself in a pair of federal lawsuits challenging the state's prohibition of same-sex marriages.

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Making Sharing the Bounty Good Business
7:20 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Ore. Farmers Want Tax Break For Donated Crops

USDA

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 5:10 pm

Oregon farmers are hoping the state Legislature makes it worth their while to donate crops that would otherwise go to waste.

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study the feasibility of Internet voting
4:11 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Should Oregon Study Internet Voting?

The Oregon Capitol.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:03 am

Oregonians could one day be able to cast their votes through the Internet.

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Education
11:38 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

OHSU Asks Oregon Lawmakers For Major Cancer Research Funding

File photo OHSU Hospital at Oregon Health
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:54 pm

Officials at Oregon's largest medical center want state lawmakers to help fund a massive expansion of their cancer research facility.

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Politics & Government
8:05 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Key Deadline To Move Bills Means Some Legislation Dies In Salem

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
Matt Howry Flickr

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 6:04 pm

Oregon lawmakers will return to the capitol Friday with a better sense of what they'll be voting on over the next three weeks.

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Politics & Government
8:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Kitzhaber Pushes Ahead On Clean Fuels Standard

Kristen Steele

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:59 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has ordered the state's Department of Environmental Quality to toughen standards for car and truck fuels.

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Politics & Government
4:32 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Oregon Revenue Outlook Mostly Unchanged

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
Chris Phan Flickr

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 4:16 pm

Oregon’s latest revenue forecast means lawmakers won’t need to make major budget adjustments this month.

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