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

Oregon’s colleges and universities will get $400 million from the American Rescue Plan. The U.S. Department of Education announced the distribution this week.


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Oregon lawmakers have approved a bill that would more than double the amount of wine that Oregon wineries could ship to customers by mail.


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Oregon lawmakers voted Tuesday to give renters until next February to catch up on their back rent.


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Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would penalize attempts to mislead voters by giving out false information about election dates and ballot deadlines.


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Protestors gathered in a park near the Oregon Capitol Thursday to denounce what they called overzealous logging practices in areas burned in last year’s wildfires. Specifically, the group wants the state to stop cutting trees along the sides of state highways.

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Oregon lawmakers could decide to continue to allow remote testimony, even after the pandemic.


University of Oregon

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers unveiled a proposal this week that would create a new panel to examine sexual and racial discrimination on college campuses.

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Oregon State University is joining a growing list of colleges and universities that will require students and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Oregon lawmakers have failed to advance a bill that would give unhoused people the right to remain in public places without being told to move along.


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The Oregon Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would allow motorcyclists to ride between lanes of vehicles under certain conditions.

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Oregon U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio could be facing a familiar challenger in next year’s election.


Lincoln County Public Health

Public health officials in Lincoln County are extending an invitation to community groups and businesses that are interested in holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.


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Worker advocates held a memorial Wednesday to honor people who lost their lives while on the job in Oregon last year. The names of 53 people were read aloud during the ceremony.


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The Oregon House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would make it easier to buy certain cold medicines without a prescription.


Oregon State University

Oregon State University says its TRACE project has tested more than sixty-thousand people for COVID-19 since it started one year ago.


Oregon Coast Council for the Arts

The city of Newport is seeking public input on a proposed increase to its lodging tax.


Oregon State Parks


Pamela Slaughter is a Black woman who grew up in Oregon. She has a deep appreciation for nature. But she said that’s been challenged by a series of hateful, harassing comments she and her children have received while hiking. 

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Oregon lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday on a proposal that would combine two of the leading gun regulation bills still in play at the capitol this session.


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People in Eugene and Corvallis were among those reacting to Tuesday's verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. 


Oregon Coast Aquarium

The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport has received its largest grant ever, in the amount of $5 million.

City of Albany

UPDATE: On April 22, Albany Police announced a third arrest in the case. The third person arrested and charged was a 16-year-old boy. 


Police in Albany have arrested two teenagers in an alleged hate crime that took place in a city park last week.


Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

The Oregon Senate voted Monday to ban private security firms from using vehicles or uniforms that could be confused with law enforcement agencies.


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The unseasonably warm weather this weekend, combined with a lack of rain and a prediction of gusty winds, has led to increased concerns over fire danger.


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The Oregon House is set to vote Monday on a bill that would require gun owners to keep their weapons locked up when not in use.


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The Oregon House approved a bill Tuesday that would require mental health providers to inform parents or guardians when their teens are expressing suicidal thoughts.

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A bill to require hospitals and prisons in Oregon to provide a vegan option at every mealtime will not be moving forward this legislative session.


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Wildfire victims would not have to pay taxes on the cost of rebuilding their homes under a bill approved Friday in the Oregon House.


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A bill to require Oregon drivers to use their headlights at all times was rejected Thursday in the state Senate.


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Oregon lawmakers want their constituents to know more about how the legislative process works.


An Oregon Senate panel is considering a measure Thursday that would ban the sale of plastic containers that appear to be recyclable but really aren’t.