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 farmers could soon be more likely to use a mediator to help settle their disputes with neighboring farmers.

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal to use in Oregon and the state Tuesday unveiled a public education campaign meant to help people understand the new law.

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When you buy gas for your car, you're paying a flat, per-gallon tax. But Oregon is starting a new program July 1 that would change things.

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek said she thinks the state's minimum wage should rise to $13 per hour.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Monday the first ethics bill to reach her desk since she took office in February.

Oregon will become the first state in the nation to let patients get up to a year's worth of prescription birth control at a time.

Oregon state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, has introduced a measure that would try to protect government whistleblowers.

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would require many employers to offer paid sick leave.

Oregon lawmakers still have a lot on their plate as the 2015 session enters its final weeks.

Oregon could become the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats in most circumstances.

The state worker who leaked thousands of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's emails to the press won't be charged with a crime.

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a bill that would for the first time officially define the spouse or partner of a governor.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said the state IT manager who leaked thousands of her predecessor's emails should not be prosecuted.

When you buy gas for your car, you're paying a flat, per-gallon tax. But Oregon is starting a new program July 1 that would change things.

Oregon's Ethics Commission would have to speed up its investigations under a measure approved in the Oregon House Thursday.

Supporters of a proposal to extend paid sick time to most Oregon workers say the legislation has stalled.

Opponents of two liquefied natural gas export terminals proposed for Oregon will take their message to the state capitol Tuesday.

Democratic Representative Tobias Read introduced a bill Thursday that would divert a potential kicker tax rebate.

Oregon is looking for volunteers for a new pay-by-the-mile tax.

Oregon would no longer be the only state without an impeachment process if some state lawmakers get their way.