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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June 6 is the 70th anniversary
3:15 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

'They Deserve The Honor:' Oregon's World War II Memorial Set To Open

World War II veteran Art Sorenson holds the helmet he wore in battle.

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:35 pm

June 6 is the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Western Europe. And this year’s D-Day will be especially meaningful for World War II veterans in Oregon as the state's long-awaited World War II Memorial will open on that day.

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may not be settled after all
4:19 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Could Examine Oregon Gay Marriage Case

File photo of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Originally published on Fri May 30, 2014 4:17 pm

The issue of whether gay marriage is legal in Oregon may not be settled after all.

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balance between personal privacy and public safety
3:47 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Debate Balance Between Privacy And Public Safety

File photo of the Oregon Capitol Building in Salem.

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 5:16 pm

Oregon lawmakers are wading into the debate on the balance between personal privacy and public safety. A slate of potential bills would limit the way law enforcement can access digital data such as that found on a cell phone or computer.

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Oregon's economy still hasn't recovered
3:23 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Up As Job Growth Continues

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 2:49 pm

Oregon's economy still hasn't recovered to pre-recession levels, but state economists told lawmakers Wednesday that job growth is driving an expected increase in tax revenue for the state.

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NPR Story
5:30 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

With Primary Over, Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Look To November

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (left) will face off against state Rep. Dennis Richardson in November.

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 4:04 pm

This week's primary was mostly a formality for the two major party candidates for Oregon governor. Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson both had little more than token opposition.

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Primary Election
1:56 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Wehby Defeats Conger In Oregon GOP Senate Primary

Monica Wehby greets supporters at an election night rally in Oregon City.

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 7:20 am

In Oregon's GOP Senate primary, Monica Wehby handily defeated Republican rival Jason Conger for the right to take on Democrat Jeff Merkley this fall.

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Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Weddings Begin As Oregon Judge Overturns Gay Marriage Ban

File photo of supporters of same-sex marriage gathered outside the federal courthouse in Eugene.

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 9:17 am

Same-sex couples are getting married in Oregon now that a federal judge has overturned the state's ban on gay marriage.

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Politics & Government
2:44 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Federal Judge In Oregon Rules In Favor Of Gay Marriage

"Supporters of same-sex marriage gathered outside a federal courthouse in Eugene prior to a hearing in the case."

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 12:08 pm

Same-sex couples now have the right to marry in Oregon. A federal judge Monday overturned the state's ban on gay marriage. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane's ruling clears the way for weddings to begin immediately. 

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key economic indicator
11:02 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Northwest Mirrors National Shift Away From Single-Family Homes

File photo of condominiums in Portland's Pearl District

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 5:02 pm

New housing starts are a key economic indicator. But not all new houses are created the same.

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set to rule Monday
11:01 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Oregon Judge Set To Issue Ruling In Gay Marriage Lawsuit

File photo of the Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon.

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 5:10 pm

A federal judge in Oregon is set to rule Monday in a case that could legalize same-sex marriage in the state. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane says he'll issue a ruling at noon.

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