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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The ground floor windows of the Oregon capitol have been covered with plywood in advance of potentially violent demonstrations over the next few days.


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Oregon National Guard members will assist with COVID-19 vaccine distribution at the state fairgrounds starting Tuesday.


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A legislative session unlike any other in Oregon history opens Monday in Salem amid a pandemic.


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Oregon state Rep. Marty Wilde, D-Eugene, says the violence at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday was nothing short of a coup attempt. But he says he’s confident Oregon lawmakers can have a safe legislative session in Salem.



Public health officials in Lincoln County are searching for eligible recipients to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

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Officials in Marion County will launch a mass vaccination clinic Thursday, Jan. 7 at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem.




U.S. Forest Service

You might think that backcountry skiers wouldn’t have to worry about the pandemic. But a group that helps rescue wayward skiers says the coronavirus will affect its ability to provide aid on the trails.


Willamette National Forest

Some Oregon wildfire victims will move into temporary housing units supplied by FEMA.


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Three statewide officeholders took the oath of office in Oregon Monday.

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Some Oregonians who have been unable to renew their drivers’ licenses or vehicle registration due to the pandemic will get another grace period in the new year.

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Oregon’s tobacco tax will increase in the new year. That’s the result of a measure approved by voters in November.


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Starting in January, 2021, Oregonians without proof of legal presence will be able to apply for a driver's license. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Some coronavirus restrictions will be eased in Lincoln and Douglas Counties starting this Friday.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

A landslide on Sunday evening destroyed a bridge and threatened several homes in rural Lincoln County.

City of Newport

The Oregon Department of Transportation is inviting people to learn about upcoming road projects in 2021.

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Oregon customers of Pacific Power will see their electricity rates drop with the new year.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

The COVID-19 stimulus package that appears headed for passage in Congress falls far short of what’s needed, according to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More Oregon hospitals are getting their first shipments of vaccines meant to protect against the coronavirus.

Thanks to the pandemic, the agency that enforces workplace safety regulations says it’s on track to finish the year with a tenfold increase in complaints over last year.

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Oregon continued to add jobs in November.

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Lincoln and Benton Counties will face stricter regulations aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus starting this Friday, Dec. 18.

Oregon Water Utility Council

This fall’s wildfires in Oregon have caused ongoing challenges for municipal water systems.

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Researchers at the University of Oregon are helping to make sure cultural resources in the path of this September’s wildfires aren’t further damaged in the clean-up efforts.

Benton County Sheriff's Office

Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson will retire on Feb. 1, 2021.

Centers For Disease Control

Officials in Lincoln County say they expect the county to be moved into the “extreme risk” category for the coronavirus when the state updates the list next week.

City of Corvallis

At least one holiday tradition in Corvallis will continue this year.

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More than two dozen insurance companies have agreed to give homeowners more time to rebuild after this September’s Oregon wildfires.

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Oregonians would have an easier time figuring out what’s recyclable under a proposal headed to state lawmakers.

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With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, the Oregon Health Authority is urging Oregonians to stay vigilant as they prepare for the next round of holidays later this month.

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Lincoln County Public Health says there are three new active COVID-19 outbreaks in the county.

Both Avamere Rehabilitation of Newport and First Student Bus Company of Toledo have outbreaks in the single digits, according to the Oregon Health Authority. The county also says there’s an outbreak at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City. The casino announced this week that it would be closed until at least Dec. 15.