Chris M Lehman

News Reporter

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

Chris has been to all 50 states and every Canadian province. He’s also traveled abroad extensively. He lives in Keizer with his wife, three children, and a handful of backyard chickens. 

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Oregon State University

Fall terms are about to begin at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. And that means students are moving back to campus this week in Corvallis and Eugene.


Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Sea Grant, a marine research program based at Oregon State University, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.


Oregon Cultural Trust

A Eugene artist has designed a new license plate that will support the Oregon Cultural Trust. It goes on sale next month.


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The first soaking rain of the season is predicted to arrive in western Oregon later this week.

Oregon’s Employment Department is hoping a series of job fairs this week will help Oregon businesses who are badly in need of workers.


Chris Lehman / KLCC

The rebuilding effort continues in Lincoln County one year after the Echo Mountain Complex Fire devastated the town of Otis.


Oregon Department of Transportation

Drivers heading from the mid-Willamette Valley to central Oregon will have to find a new route for three days this week.


Oregon Football Facebook

College football season starts in earnest this Saturday. For people attending home games in Eugene or Corvallis this year, the experience will be different fom what they’re used to.


Umpqua National Forest

If you’re heading out into the woods this Labor Day weekend, the U.S. Forest Service urges you to plan ahead.



The Bull Complex Fire east of Salem is still growing, but so far weather conditions mean the blaze isn’t threatening the Santiam Canyon communities that were devastated by wildfire a year ago.

The city of Albany has pulled the plug on this weekend’s Art and Air Festival.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Oregon’s newest state representative took the oath of office Wednesday.

Alachua County (public domain) /

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Tuesday that face coverings will once again be required in crowded outdoor public spaces.

Oregon State Police

A memorial procession for an Oregon state trooper who died this year as a result of a 20-year-old crash will affect drivers in Albany and Salem Wednesday.


Chris Lehman / KLCC

Amtrak says the Coast Starlight has resumed its full route between Seattle and Los Angeles.

Corvallis to the Sea Trail

A new trail that links Corvallis to the Oregon coast is now open for hikers and bikers.


Screenshot from Governor's press conference

Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday that all Oregon healthcare workers and K-12 educators will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Fans attending OSU football games in Corvallis this fall will need to wear face coverings, even when they’re sitting outdoors. That’s because of a new public health order approved this week by Benton County commissioners.


Rachael McDonald / KLCC

A state lawmaker from Eugene who served in Afghanistan describes the events unfolding there as “heartbreaking.”


Chris Phan / Flickr

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday that she has extended a moratorium on residential mortgage foreclosures until the end of the year.


Brian Bull / KLCC

Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden says he’s confident Congress will ultimately pass a pair of big-ticket spending bills, despite some curve balls thrown at the plan by a group of moderate Democrats.


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Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg says it’s postponing some non-emergency surgeries due to a rapid increase in the number of coronavirus patients.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Former Douglas County Commissioner Christine Goodwin was appointed Thursday to serve the remainder of state representative Gary Leif’s term, who died of cancer last month.

U.S. Census Bureau

Census figures released Thursday show that nearly every county in Oregon gained population over the past decade.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oregonians will once again be required to wear face masks in indoor public places starting this Friday.


The Middle Fork Complex fires in eastern Lane County continue to be active. Fire managers announced new evacuation notices Tuesday afternoon.


Most of the North Umpqua River and its tributaries are closed to fishing through the end of November. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the closure is due to the low number of summer steelhead returning to the river.

"Initial counts of summer steelhead passing Winchester Dam are historically low at about 20 percent of average," the agency said in a press release.

The ban on fishing applies from the mouth of the river to the Soda Springs Dam east of Roseburg.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Recreational fires, including those in backyard fire pits, will be banned throughout Lincoln County starting Friday, August 13.

Karen Richards / KLCC

The Oregon DMV is reminding customers that face masks are once again required at its field offices. Like other state agencies, the DMV reinstated the mask policy due to a summer surge of coronavirus cases. The requirement applies regardless of vaccination status, and applies inside DMV offices and during driving tests.

Many DMV services can now be conducted online.

Joe Chung

UPDATE: Gov. Kate Brown has declared a state of emergency due to the heat wave predicted to hit much of the state this week. The governor has directed the Oregon Department of Emergency Management to coordinate with local and tribal governments to respond to the extreme temperatures, which could top 100 degrees for several days in a row.




Forecasters say Oregonians should prepare for a heat wave that’s expected to peak later this week.