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 drivers could soon be ticketed if they don't use their headlights when their windshield wipers are on.

Legislative Democrats in Oregon are keeping their promise to quickly use their larger majorities to their advantage.

Oregon's new Secretary of State will be Jeanne Atkins, a long-time political staffer who's never held elected office. Governor Kate Brown made the announcement Friday

The number of registered voters in Oregon could soon increase dramatically.

Some Northwest lawmakers want you to be able to drive faster. Bills in both Oregon and Washington would increase the speed limit on some sections of highway.

Oregon is one of a handful of states that doesn't restrict the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. The Oregon House voted Monday to change that.

Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange is one step closer to being dismantled.

Oregon lawmakers are set to open debate on the biggest chunk of the state budget.

The state probe into ethics allegations against former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is being halted, at least for now.

Kate Brown became Governor of Oregon without the messy business of running a campaign.

Oregon's new governor Kate Brown said Thursday that votes she took as a state lawmaker aren't necessarily a sign of where she stands on present-day issues.

Oregon lawmakers are considering a possible hike in the gas tax this session. Supporters say it's needed in order to offset stagnant revenues due to more fuel efficient vehicles.

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services has requested a criminal investigation over the matter of who leaked some sensitive emails to the media.

Oregon's new governor Kate Brown said she'll continue a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty.

Oregon taxpayers could receive an unexpected windfall next year.

Kate Brown has been sworn in as Oregon's 38th governor.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is resigning amidst multiple ongoing criminal investigations.

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The Oregon Secretary of State announced Monday that the state now has a third major political party. The Independent Party has achieved the status that until now, was enjoyed by only Democrats and Republicans.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has opened an investigation of Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.