Chris Lehman

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for 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 NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.

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.

In addition to working full time in public radio for the past decade, Chris has also reported from overseas on a free–lance basis. He's filed stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda. He lives in Salem with his wife and child.

Read Chris's blog, "Capitol Currents: Dispatches From Salem."

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.

Some Oregon lawmakers want to give more convicted criminals the chance to clear their name.

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.

Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes more opportunities to be outside. Oregon lawmakers want children to slather on the sunscreen when they hit the playground.

Oregon lawmakers gave initial approval Tuesday to a bill that would ban so-called "conversion therapy" on youth.

Federal law generally prohibits the import of ivory, but it's legal to sell domestically if the ivory was harvested before 1976.

You might think that a bill that would outlaw something that doesn't even take place in Oregon might sail through the legislature.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has made what is perhaps her boldest political statement since she took office in February.

Northwest lawmakers are considering whether to make it harder for parents to opt out of immunizing their children.

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

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.

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