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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."

Twenty-somethings get a bad rap these days. You know the stereotypes: Heads buried in their smartphone. Sleeping in their parents' basement. Too apathetic to care about anything -- especially getting involved in politics.

Local governments in Oregon had until Thursday to enact a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.

The finger-pointing is underway now that the state of Oregon has decided to scrap its troubled health insurance exchange website.

Attorneys for four same-sex couples called Oregon's gay marriage ban a "state imposed badge of inferiority" during arguments in federal court Wednesday.

A federal judge in Oregon will not issue an immediate decision Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

A national group that opposes same-sex marriage is trying to intervene in a case scheduled to go before a federal judge in Oregon this week.

Attorneys for a group that wants to overturn Oregon's law barring same-sex marriage will make their case to a federal judge in Eugene Wednesday.

The Northwest’s budding marijuana industry means opportunity for pot consultants.

Some drivers from Washington and Colorado say they're being targeted by police when they cross into Idaho.

Oregon and Washington might turn to a private company to operate its Cascades rail service.

President Barack Obama is expected to visit the site of the deadly landslide in Snohomish County, Wash., later this month.

The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee Monday filed a formal request for a federal disaster declaration. If this is granted, it means the survivors of the massive landslide near Oso, Washington, would be eligible for federal assistance. Many of them will be counting on that since they don’t have landslide insurance.

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One week after a massive landslide wiped out the community of Oso, Wash., community members gathered at Darrington's First Baptist Church on Sunday to pray and tell stories of survival.

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The death toll has risen to 18 following the devastating landslide near Oso, Washington. One bright spot: The number of people missing has fallen dramatically. It's now down to 30. 

The waiting continues for family and friends of the dozens of people missing after last weekend's deadly landslide near Oso, Wash.

More than 100 people are considered missing after last weekend's devastating landslide near Oso, Washington. That number continues to fluctuate.

The state of Oregon is fining a wildlife sanctuary $5,600 after a cougar attack last fall left its head keeper dead.

According to a scathing audit from an independent consultant, Oregon's health insurance exchange was riddled with internal conflict and unrealistic expectations.

You only have until the end of this month to sign up for coverage using one of the new health insurance exchanges.

Federal officials confirmed Wednesday that they will investigate the troubled roll-out of Oregon's health insurance exchange website.

Nike chairman Phil Knight is offering a prominent Oregon medical school $500 million for cancer research. However, it comes with a huge string attached.

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Oregonians could soon notice more alerts about people with Alzheimer's or dementia who have gone missing.

Hard alcohol is much more convenient to buy in Washington these days.

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Oregon will not defend itself in a pair of federal lawsuits challenging the state's prohibition of same-sex marriages.

Democratic Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum took that position in a court brief filed Thursday.

Oregon farmers are hoping the state Legislature makes it worth their while to donate crops that would otherwise go to waste.

Oregon lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on the latest version of a plan to fund a new I-5 bridge across the Columbia River.

As snow continues to pound the region's ski resorts, plenty of skiers  are expected to hit the slopes. But with the increased snowpack comes the risk of avalanches.

Oregon lawmakers are considering two very different approaches to regulating marijuana this month.

This week, Oregon may join Washington in backing away from a proposal to protect bees by restricting certain pesticides.

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