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.

A federal court judge in Portland said Friday that for now, Oracle can’t have its way and keep its suit against the state of Oregon in federal court.

It appears Oregon is headed for its first statewide ballot measure recount in more than six years.

A new law to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon doesn't begin to take effect until next year. That means state lawmakers have the chance to tweak the measure before it kicks in.

Northwest lawmakers voted along party lines as the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to reject a plan to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Oregon’s Measure 92 would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods.

An improving Oregon economy could trigger the state's first personal income tax kicker since 2007.

Oregon's Ethics Commission is officially looking into actions taken by Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber said he's concerned about how the state will implement the voter-approved marijuana legalization initiative.

Some of the issues that nagged Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in the closing weeks of his re-election campaign have yet to be resolved.

Democrats in the Oregon legislature fared far better in Tuesday's elections than their counterparts in Congress.

This has been a record-setting year in Oregon when it comes to election spending.

The Republican running for Oregon governor is dialing up the rhetoric against incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber.

The race for Oregon governor was supposed to be predictable. An incumbent Democrat is running in a state that hasn't elected a Republican as governor since 1982.

The latest get-out-the-vote tool is a new app lets Oregonians see if their Facebook friends have voted yet. If they haven't, the app lets the user badger them until they do.

It's like deja vu all over again for Oregon voters this year. And it's not just because John Kitzhaber is making his fourth run for governor.

The Republican running for governor in Oregon has asked for a federal criminal investigation into his opponent.

Oregon’s ballot measure campaigns are continuing to pull in big-money donations.

Some Oregon voters have already cast their ballot, but the leading candidates for governor managed to squeeze in one last debate Monday night. 



Oregon's Measure 92 appears to be the most expensive ballot measure campaign in the state's history.

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson is defending votes he made in the legislature in favor of his opponent's political priorities. 

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