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

local | Health | News

Federal Government Approves Health Insurance Waiver For Oregon

OPB | Oct. 20, 2017 3 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The federal government has approved a key waiver that will allow Oregon to proceed with a program designed to blunt the cost of health insurance plans purchased on the individual market.

local | Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': What Is ‘Home Rule’ And Why Should You Care?

OPB | Oct. 19, 2017 10:15 a.m.

Douglas County residents are considering a dramatic change in how the county is governed

Election | local | Politics | News

Sherwood Voters Oust 2 Council Members In Recall Election

OPB | Oct. 18, 2017 2 p.m.

Voters in the Portland suburb of Sherwood have voted overwhelmingly to remove two city council members from office.

Health | News

Oregon Voters Will Decide The Provider Tax, But What Is That?

OPB | Oct. 17, 2017 4:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

In January, Oregon voters will decide whether to overturn a new tax on hospitals and other health care providers. But what exactly are Oregonians voting on?

local | Health | Politics | News

Oregon Voters Will Decide Fate Of Health Care Tax

OPB | Oct. 16, 2017 3:41 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregonians will be voting on a tax on hospital and health insurance companies next January.

local | Politics | News

'Home Rule' Would Dramatically Reshape Douglas County Government

OPB | Oct. 16, 2017 6 a.m. | Roseburg, Oregon

Voters in one of Oregon’s most sprawling counties will have the chance to dramatically reshape their county government.

local | News

Oregon Settles Lawsuit, Forces Out DOJ Civil Rights Attorney

OPB | Oct. 11, 2017 4:35 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The state of Oregon has reached settlements in two high-profile lawsuits.

local | Education | News

Oregon Governor Replaces Head Of Education Agency

OPB | Oct. 11, 2017 12:50 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

There's been a change at the top of the Oregon Department of Education. Salam Noor stepped down suddenly Wednesday.

Happy Valley Mayor Decides Not To Run For Governor After All

OPB | Oct. 10, 2017 1 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A potential Republican candidate for governor said Tuesday she won’t seek the state’s top office after all.

local | News

Red-Light Cameras In Oregon Can Now Ticket Speeders, Too

OPB | Oct. 9, 2017 5:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

In Oregon, those red-light cameras can now ticket you for speeding, too.

local | News

Oregon Prison Population Forecast Trends Downward

OPB | Oct. 9, 2017 5:30 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The projected incarceration rate of Oregonians is expected to fall by 11 percent over the next decade.

Economy | Business | local | Education | News

Oregon Will Send $85M To Schools And More From Cannabis Tax

OPB | Oct. 6, 2017 4:15 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The initial payout from cannabis taxes in Oregon will total nearly $85 million, according to the Oregon Department of Revenue.

local | News

Oregon Health Care Provider Tax Opponents Turn In Ample Signatures

OPB | Oct. 5, 2017 3:58 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Backers of a group trying to put a health care provider tax before Oregon voters have turned in well over the number of signatures needed to force a vote.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Redistricting Task Force Wants To Strip Power From Lawmakers

OPB | Oct. 4, 2017 4:52 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

A task force created by Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson is recommending a significant change to Oregon's redistricting process.

local | Technology | News

New Distracted Driving Law In Oregon Takes Effect Oct. 1

OPB | Sept. 29, 2017 4:50 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The new law clarifies it is illegal to drive while holding any electronic device.

Nation | local | News

3rd Oregon Supreme Court Justice Announces Retirement

OPB | Sept. 20, 2017 3:53 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon Supreme Court Justice Jack Landau will step down at the end of this year.

Economy | Nation | Technology | Business | local | News

Live In Oregon? Equifax Doesn’t Have To Tell You If Your Data Was Compromised

OPB | Sept. 19, 2017 5:36 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

If you’re one of the 1.7 million Oregonians whose information was potentially compromised by the recent Equifax data breach, don’t expect to get a letter in the mail telling you about it.

local | Health | Politics | News

Ex-Agency Officials Skip Hearing On Oregon Health Authority Controversy

OPB | Sept. 18, 2017 4:53 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

An Oregon legislative committee planned to grill three former employees of the Oregon Health Authority on Monday — but none of them showed up.

Nation | local | Politics | News | Environment

Supporters Of Carbon ‘Cap And Invest’ Proposal Look Ahead To 2018

OPB | Sept. 18, 2017 1:57 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers could use the five-week legislative session in 2018 to tackle an issue that fell short in this year’s session.

local | Politics | News

Oregon Lawmakers Take Up Health Authority Debacle Next Week

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 3:27 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are returning to the Capitol for a three-day flurry of meetings. It’s the first round of Legislative Days since the 2017 session adjourned July 7.


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