Salem Correspondent, Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman

Chris Lehman is the Salem correspondent for the Northwest News Network.

He landed his first job at Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for the NPR affiliate, WNIJ. In 2006 he headed west. Chris has also reported from overseas as a freelancer. He's filed stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Chris holds a degree in journalism from Temple University.

He lives in Salem with his wife and their two children.

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Recent Articles

News | A Guide To The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

How A Tiny Oregon Radio Station Is Expanding Its Reach, Thanks To The Eclipse

OPB | Aug. 18, 2017 5 p.m. | Mill City, Oregon

The eclipse led to a big payday for one small-town Oregon radio station.

local | Politics | Election | News

Phil Knight Donates Half-Million To Knute Buehler's Campaign

OPB | Aug. 16, 2017 4:55 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Nike co-founder Phil Knight made his largest ever donation to an Oregon political race this week.

Entertainment | local | Economy | Communities | Business | News | A Guide To The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Oregon Officials Say They're Ready For Eclipse

OPB | Aug. 15, 2017 3:37 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A million people may flock to Oregon over the coming week to view the total eclipse of the sun. State officials said Tuesday that they're as prepared as they can possibly be.

local | Health | News | A Guide To The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Oregon County In Heart Of Eclipse Path Beefs Up Ambulance Service

OPB | Aug. 10, 2017 4:40 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon's capital city and the surrounding countryside are expected to be among the top destinations for eclipse watchers in Oregon. The expected influx of visitors has led local officials to beef up their emergency services for the event.

local | Nation | Education | Food | News

Oregon Senators Try To End Practice Of 'Lunch Shaming'

OPB | July 3, 2017 5:27 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A measure that aims to prevent the so-called practice of "lunch shaming" in Oregon is one step closer to becoming law.

local | Nation | Family | News

Oregon Senate Approves Medical Coverage For Immigrant Children

OPB | July 3, 2017 4:57 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A measure that would pay health insurance coverage for children who are in the country illegally is one step closer to law in Oregon.

Nation | Health | NW Life | News

Measure To Raise Oregon Tobacco Buying Age Clears Key Hurdle

OPB | July 3, 2017 12:38 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are moving forward with a measure to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Lawmakers Enter Final Week After Testy Saturday

OPB | July 2, 2017 7:45 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

With a deadline looming, Oregon lawmakers spent their Saturday at the Capitol.

local | Education | News

Oregon Lawmakers Advance Measure To Require School Lead Testing

OPB | June 30, 2017 4:23 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a measure that would require school districts to test for lead.

local | Politics | Business | News

Oregon Lawmakers Approve 'Predictive Scheduling' Bill

OPB | June 29, 2017 4:38 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers have approved the nation's first statewide law on predictable scheduling for employees.

local | Nation | News

Oregon May Soon Make It A Crime To Attach Tracking Device's To People's Cars

OPB | June 28, 2017 4:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would make it a crime to attach a tracking device to another person's vehicle without their permission.

Politics | NW Life | Economy | Communities | Nation | Business | News

Negotiators Nearing Deal On Oregon Transportation Bill

OPB | June 28, 2017 4:33 p.m.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown expresses confidence that she and lawmakers are nearing a deal on a major transportation funding bill after negotiators pare it down.

Energy | local | Transportation | News

Oregon Lawmakers Advance Measure Aimed At Rail Spill Disasters

OPB | June 27, 2017 5:19 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are moving ahead with a measure that would require railroads to explain how they'd deal with hazardous spills.

local | Politics | Education | News

Oregon Narrowly Approves K-12 Spending Plan

OPB | June 27, 2017 1:09 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers narrowly approved an $8.2 billion spending plan Tuesday for K-12 schools. The number is an 11 percent increase over the previous budget cycle.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Moves A Step Closer To Real ID Compliance

OPB | June 26, 2017 5:12 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregonians could soon obtain a Real ID compliant drivers license. But the privilege will come with an extra cost.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Republicans Say Budget Poaches Money Intended For Veterans

OPB | June 26, 2017 4:54 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon House approved a funding plan Monday for the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs. It came over the objections of some Republicans.

local | Politics | Business | News

Oregon House Narrowly Votes To Scale Back Hot-Button Tax Break

OPB | June 23, 2017 4:10 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon House has narrowly passed a measure meant to scale back a tax break intended for small businesses.


'OPB Politics Now': Corporate Tax Reform Dies In Salem

OPB | June 23, 2017 9:45 a.m.

As a deadline looms to close a $1.4 billion budget gap, Oregon Democrats are abandoning efforts to increase corporate tax revenue. 

Politics | Economy | local | Nation | Business | News

Oregon Democrats, Governor Say They'll Skip The Corporate Tax Hike

OPB | June 22, 2017 10:47 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

Democrats in the Oregon Legislature and Gov. Kate Brown say they've given up trying to increase taxes on corporations during this year's legislative session.

local | Health | Politics | News

Health Care 'Provider Tax' Heads To Oregon Governor's Desk

OPB | June 21, 2017 1:31 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a tax increase meant to ensure continued health care coverage for low-income Oregonians.

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