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.

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another round of debate over firearm regulations.

Oregon lawmakers want to make it easier for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses to get the support they need.

Oregon lawmakers came into the session revved up about the need for new revenue to pay for improvements to roads and bridges.

The Oregon House is set to vote Monday on a measure that would require a doctor or nurse to be on hand when you donate a pint of blood.

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes more opportunities to be outside. Oregon lawmakers want children to slather on the sunscreen when they hit the playground.

Federal law generally prohibits the import of ivory, but it's legal to sell domestically if the ivory was harvested before 1976.

Oregon lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would ban so-called "conversion therapy" on youth.

You might think that a bill that would outlaw something that doesn't even take place in Oregon might sail through the legislature.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has made what is perhaps her boldest political statement since she took office in February.

Oregon’s new secretary of state, Democrat Jeanne Atkins, took the oath of office at the state capitol Wednesday.

Former Oregon Attorney General and University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer died Monday night.

Northwest lawmakers are considering whether to make it harder for parents to opt out of immunizing their children.

Oregon drivers could soon be ticketed if they don't use their headlights when their windshield wipers are on.

Legislative Democrats in Oregon are keeping their promise to quickly use their larger majorities to their advantage.

Oregon's new Secretary of State will be Jeanne Atkins, a long-time political staffer who's never held elected office. Governor Kate Brown made the announcement Friday

The number of registered voters in Oregon could soon increase dramatically.

Some Northwest lawmakers want you to be able to drive faster. Bills in both Oregon and Washington would increase the speed limit on some sections of highway.

Oregon is one of a handful of states that doesn't restrict the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The Oregon House voted Monday to change that.

Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange is one step closer to being dismantled.

Oregon lawmakers are set to open debate on the biggest chunk of the state budget.

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