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 could soon have a commission that would promote industrial hemp and fund research into the crop.

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An Oregon House panel advanced a measure Thursday that would establish building standards for critical infrastructure in tsunami zones.

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Oregon State University President Ed Ray used his final State of the University address Tuesday to call for more attention to the basic needs of students.

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An Oregon lawmaker made her pitch Monday for a bill that would double the penalties for people convicted of rioting if they are wearing a mask at the time of the riot.

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Oregon parents have until February 19 to have their children up-to-date on their immunizations or claim an exemption.

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The Oregon Department of Transportation is warning drivers of possible delays around the state Thursday as hundreds of trucks head toward the state capitol for a rally.

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Groups opposed to a natural gas pipeline and export terminal in southwest Oregon celebrated Tuesday during a rally at the Oregon Department of State Lands. But they said the fight against the project isn’t over.

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A bill heard Monday in the Oregon House Judiciary Committee would require most businesses to accept cash.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Oregon lawmakers return to the state capitol Monday for a legislative session that’s sure to be packed with drama.

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Democrats in the Oregon Senate say they want to reduce the ability of lawmakers in the minority to grind legislative business to a halt.


Nurses with Good Samarian Regional Medical Center in Corvallis have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement with their employer.

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An Oregon lawmaker said she’ll introduce a bill next month to lower the speed limit on sections of highway where people are putting chains on their vehicles.

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Work starts next week on a new set of flashing lights at several crosswalks in south Corvallis, along a street where an 11-year-old girl was struck and killed this month.


A series of winter storms has made traveling dicey in parts of the northwest over the past week. But the snow has helped improve the outlook for the region’s water supply this summer.

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Oregon lawmakers are returning to the state capitol starting Monday, January 13, for a final round of meetings before the 2020 legislative session kicks off next month.

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Corvallis is in good shape, but not without its challenges. That was the message Wednesday from Mayor Biff Traber during his annual State of the City address.

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Construction work can be dangerous, but a new Oregon training program aims to beef up worker safety for a part of the job that’s often overlooked: their lunchbox.

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Oregon’s unemployment rate starts the new year at historic lows. But some analysts think the state’s economy won’t continue to grow at the same robust rate in 2020.


A round of storms is approaching the Pacific Northwest this weekend. The moisture is expected to fall in the form of rain in the valleys and foothills, and snow in the highest elevations.

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A new law banning so-called “cyanide bombs” took effect with the new year in Oregon.

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Recreational boaters in Oregon will face new education requirements in the new year. It's a result of a bill passed last spring with bipartisan support in the state legislature.

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Oregon drivers will pay more at the pump in the new year as the state’s gas tax is set to rise.

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A tax that Oregonians pay to fund 9-1-1 emergency services will go up in January for the first time in 25 years.

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A new law taking effect January 1 in Oregon will ban single-use plastic bags at stores and restaurants.

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A new law taking effect in January will save money for Oregonians who need a disabled parking permit but can’t make it to the DMV.

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Nurses at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis say they’ve been working without a contract for nearly six months.


Forecasters say a strong weather system will bring valley rain and mountain snow to western Oregon this week.

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Oregon State University has announced its choice for a new president to replace their long-time leader who’s stepping down in June.

Albany Fire Department

Fire officials say a non-injury blaze at South Albany High School this week does not appear to be suspicious in nature.

Oregon Department of Forestry

Several members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation are praising the U.S. Forest Service for awarding a new type of firefighting contract meant to save the agency money.