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.

State lawmakers are considering a measure that would ask voters in 2016 to approve limits on a campaign contributions.

Oregon lawmakers are rushing to beat a Tuesday deadline for legislation to advance. But there's an old saying around the state capitol: No bill is truly dead until the final gavel falls.

The debate over whether to raise Oregon's minimum wage could be headed to the ballot.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown wants to drive the issue of how to unclog traffic and fix decaying bridges back into the fast lane.

People who buy guns from private sellers in Oregon would have to clear a background check under a bill moving through the legislature.

We know it's illegal to park in a disabled parking spot if you don't have a permit. Now, some Oregon lawmakers want to make it a costly infraction to take a spot reserved for electric vehicles.

The battle over raising Oregon's minimum wage will take center stage in the state legislature Monday.

Oregon lawmakers decided Wednesday to make it less likely for people who win big at the Oregon Lottery to keep getting public assistance.

Oregon lawmakers are turning their attention to earthquake and tsunami preparedness.

Oregon lawmakers have approved a plan to spend nearly $7.3 billion on public schools. The Oregon Senate voted Monday to send the measure to Democratic Governor Kate Brown.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown's office has released 94,000 emails that were sent to and from former first lady Cylvia Hayes.

The Oregon Senate could give final approval Monday to a $7.3 billion spending plan for public schools.

The Oregon Senate voted Thursday to lower the age that children have to enroll in school from age seven to age six.

Oregon lawmakers appear to moving ahead on a measure that would require criminal background checks on most private gun sales.

The Oregon House debated more than two hours Tuesday before voting to fund public schools.

Passenger rail advocates came to the Oregon capitol Monday to ask lawmakers to preserve state support for Amtrak trains.

Three Republican state lawmakers filed an initiative petition this week to make English the official language of the state of Oregon.

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another round of debate over firearm regulations.

Oregon lawmakers want to make it easier for survivors of sexual assault on college campuses to get the support they need.

Oregon lawmakers came into the session revved up about the need for new revenue to pay for improvements to roads and bridges.