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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Chris Lehman / KLCC

With the fall term now underway at Oregon State University, the school is moving ahead with a plan for weekly random testing of students, faculty and staff.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Lincoln County will move into Phase Two of Oregon’s coronavirus re-opening plan starting Tuesday, September 29.

Brian Bull / KLCC

People who are displaced by wildfires in Oregon can still receive and cast their ballot during this fall’s elections.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Two Willamette Valley transit agencies are restoring most of the service that was cut this year because of the coronavirus.

Brian Bull / KLCC

More than 4,000 people have applied for federal disaster aid following the series of wildfires in Oregon.


Fire managers say drenching rain from an incoming weather system could aid in their efforts to contain the Beachie Creek Fire in eastern Marion County.

Tom Atkinson / R3Digital

As thousands of Oregon homeowners and renters pick up the pieces after losing their home to wildfires this month, people with standard insurance policies should be covered for their losses.


Lincoln County is urging people whose homes were damaged by wildfire this month to fill out a damage assessment form online.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Thousands of Oregon State University students are moving onto campus in Corvallis this weekend. The move-in process looked a little different this year.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says several of its fish hatcheries were damaged by wildfires this month.

Breitenbush Retreat Center

Fans of a Marion County retreat center badly damaged by wildfires are rallying behind a fundraising effort to rebuild it.

Oregon Department of Agriculture

The state of Oregon is launching a website to help reunite animals with their owners in the wake of the deadly wildfires.

Oregon Department of Transportation

Several state highways are still closed due to wildfires in Oregon. Transportation officials are urging drivers to be patient.

Oregon State University

The unhealthy air blanketing much of Oregon has caused Oregon State University to postpone the latest round of its door-to-door coronavirus testing.

Marion County Sheriff's Office

People who’ve had to evacuate from wildfires in some Oregon communities can now ask first responders to check on their property.

Marion County Sheriff's Department

The death toll from a series of wildfires around the state is now at ten.

Andy Nelson/ Register-Guard/pool

The Linn County Sheriff’s office is investigating a series of small fires that started around 2:30 Monday morning in the Sweet Home and Brownsville area.

Marion County Sheriff's Office

While new confirmed cases of COVID-19 are at their lowest levels in months in Oregon, the ongoing wildfires could affect efforts to slow the spread of the virus that causes it.

Lincoln County

Fire officials say a shift in the wind direction helped crews fight the Echo Mountain Complex fire near Lincoln City.

Bureau of Land Management

Two people are now confirmed dead in the Santiam Fire east of Salem.

A wildfire in the Lincoln City area is burning “at will,” according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Marion County Sheriff's Office

Governor Kate Brown warned Oregonians Wednesday to brace for a significant death toll from the wildfires devastating the state.

Marion County Sheriff's Office

Thousands of people who fled a massive wildfire east of Salem are still waiting to hear if their homes are still standing.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said hazardous fire conditions will remain until at least Thursday.

Lincoln County declared a state of emergency Tuesday after several wildfires and high winds caused widespread power outages and highway closures.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon hunters are once again being asked to turn in the wings and tails of any grouse or quail they kill this fall.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University says a cybercriminal was able to access a server that’s part of the school’s online education program.

Brian Bull / KLCC

With highs expected to reach the 90’s this Labor Day weekend, officials are warning of major traffic jams as Oregonians try to escape the heat.

City of Newport

Teachers in Lincoln County are objecting to the school district’s requirement that they teach distance learning from the classroom.

Kyra Buckley / KLCC

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners has voted to pause the county’s Phase Two re-opening until at least September 29.