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.


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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Politics & Government
7:23 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Oregon Court Allows Rule Banning Overnight Protests At Capitol

File photo. Michele Darr was among the protesters arrested for trespassing during a 2009 anti-war demonstration at the Oregon capitol.

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 4:44 pm

A Thursday ruling by the Oregon Supreme Court gives the Oregon legislature the right to ban protesters from using the capitol steps overnight.

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Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage
3:34 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Federal Judge Turns Down Attempt To Intervene In Gay Marriage Case

Supporters of same-sex marriage gathered outside the federal courthouse in Eugene.

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 3:01 pm

A federal judge in Eugene has denied a national group's attempt to defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage.

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8:44 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Pre-K Enrollment Down; Northwest Especially Low

Originally published on Tue May 13, 2014 6:10 pm

The number of preschoolers enrolled in state-funded early childhood education programs is dropping nationally.

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the fight to legalize same-sex marriage
3:37 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Hearing Could Provide Answers In Oregon Gay Marriage Debate

Ben West, right, and Paul Rummell are two of the plaintiffs who sued the State of Oregon to overturn a 2004 ballot measure.

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 4:39 pm

Wednesday could be a big day in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Oregon. A federal judge in Eugene will hear arguments from a group that wants to defend a voter-approved ban on gay marriage.

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Politics & Government
5:34 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Oregon's GOP Senate Candidates Highlight Personal Stories

State Representative Jason Conger (left) and Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon, are vying to take on U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley.

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 11:15 am

The race for the right to take on incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is heating up in Oregon.

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Generation M
10:56 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

One Millennial Works Hard To Overcome His Generation's Stereotypes

Bryan Williamson is a political science major at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 4:38 pm

Twenty-somethings get a bad rap these days. You know the stereotypes: Heads buried in their smartphone. Sleeping in their parents' basement. Too apathetic to care about anything -- especially getting involved in politics.

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Politics & Government
8:29 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

New Poll Has Mixed Results For Merkley

File photo of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Originally published on Thu May 8, 2014 8:03 am

A new public radio poll shows that incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley may be more vulnerable than previously thought.

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