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
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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Politics & Government
6:05 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Republicans Eye Pickups In State Legislatures; Northwest Impact Unclear

File photo of the Senate Chamber at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Oregon.

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 5:04 pm

Republican strategists are eyeing state legislatures this year in hopes of taking more control of the legislative process.

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Politics & Government
5:22 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Gay Rights Advocates Gear Up To Fight Potential Ballot Measure

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 4:53 pm

Gay rights advocates are waiting for a ruling from a federal judge on whether same-sex couples can get married in Oregon.

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Health
5:10 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Candidates Jump On Cover Oregon's Troubles

The state of Oregon has decided to scrap its troubled health insurance exchange website.

Originally published on Fri April 25, 2014 5:01 pm

The finger-pointing is underway now that the state of Oregon has decided to scrap its troubled health insurance exchange website.

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Politics & Government
9:24 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

No Quick Ruling Expected In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

Ben West, right, and Paul Rummell are two of the plaintiffs in the case.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 11:00 am

Attorneys for four same-sex couples called Oregon's gay marriage ban a "state imposed badge of inferiority" during arguments in federal court Wednesday.

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ban on same-sex marriage
4:03 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Oral Arguments Heard In Oregon's Same-Sex Marriage Case

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

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 2:43 pm

At this hour advocates for same sex marriage are making their case to a federal judge in Eugene, Ore.

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Oregon Gay Marriage Case
4:55 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Judge Won't Issue Immediate Decision In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

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

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 5:50 pm

A federal judge in Oregon will not issue an immediate decision Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Last Minute Change in Gay Marriage Case
9:30 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

National Group Attempts 11th-Hour Intervention In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:03 pm

A national group that opposes same-sex marriage is trying to intervene in a case scheduled to go before a federal judge in Oregon this week.

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opportunities for pot consultants
3:30 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Marijuana Consultants Offer Advice To Potential Pot Dealers

File photo of James Lucas of Tacoma Cross, a medical marijuana dispensary
Brianna Butterfield Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 9:11 am

The Northwest’s budding marijuana industry means opportunity for pot consultants.

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Politics & Government
9:16 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Case Hits Federal Court This Week

Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:03 pm

Attorneys for a group that wants to overturn Oregon's law barring same-sex marriage will make their case to a federal judge in Eugene Wednesday.

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