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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A year into the pandemic, Sara Gelser sounds like she could be speaking for all of us.

"I miss being with people,” she said.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University could be holding some in-person graduation events this year.


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Results of the latest round of COVID-19 prevalence testing in Corvallis show the highest levels there since the project began nearly a year ago.


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The Oregon Senate voted Thursday to advance a bill that would make it a crime to display a noose as an act of intimidation.

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The effort to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 won’t be the final chapter in the fight against the pandemic. That’s according to an Oregon State University researcher who spoke to reporters Tuesday.


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Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would lead to major changes to the state’s mandatory minimum sentencing law known as Measure 11, which was approved by Oregon voters nearly 30 years ago.


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Most Oregon drivers will be able to renew their licenses online starting in early May.


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The Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde on Monday officially opened a new treatment center in Salem for people struggling with opioid addiction.


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Oregon State Police say they’ve been able to rule out more potential victims in the case of an unidentified girl found dead last December in Lincoln County.


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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has ordered flags at public institutions to be lowered to half-staff to honor the victims of this week’s mass shootings in Georgia.

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Spring break will mean an increase in coronavirus tests for Oregon State University students.


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Spring might not be the time of year we typically think about wildfires. But a series of free webinars starting Wednesday, March 17 is meant to help Oregonians prepare for another wildfire season.


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Last year, 245 people ended their lives using Oregon's Death With Dignity Act. Bruce Yelle wasn't one of them. 

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Like a lot of people living in the Santiam Canyon, Rickey Thomas and his wife fled their house in the middle of the night last September.

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Public health officials in Benton County say some residents there are receiving calls from people falsely claiming to help set up COVID-19 vaccine appointments.


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Restaurants in Benton County are preparing to open their doors to in-person dining this Friday for the first time since last fall.


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Benton County officials are continuing to push the state to change the way it calculates risk levels for COVID-19. Their latest comments came Thursday evening during an online town hall.


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Oregon State University said Thursday that it’s still on track to offer most classes in-person this fall.

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Several beachfront houses in Lincoln County are in a precarious situation after a seawall collapsed over the weekend.


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Stores in Linn and Lincoln Counties must accept bottle returns again.

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FEMA says it’s opened a temporary housing site in Lincoln City. The manufactured housing will serve victims of the Echo Mountain Fire, which destroyed hundreds of homes last September. FEMA says so far 106 households have moved into similar units in fire-damaged counties around the state.

The agency said a total of 264 families are currently qualified for the housing, but the number fluctuates as survivors sometimes find temporary or permanent housing on their own.

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Benton County doesn’t think it belongs in the “Extreme Risk” category of the state’s coronavirus risk levels. They’re asking the state to reconsider the way it determines those designations.


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Some students in the Corvallis School District will have the opportunity to return to the classroom starting next week.


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Black pioneers in Oregon are being honored with an exhibit at the Benton County Historical Society in Philomath. It's called "Black In Oregon: 1840 - 1870."



Benton County says it’s planning another mass vaccination clinic in cooperation with Samaritan Health Services this Thursday and Friday (Feb. 25 and 26) at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.


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Daily service would be restored to long-distance Amtrak trains in the latest stimulus package under discussion in Congress.

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U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, is calling on state lawmakers to pass legislation to eliminate the state tax liability owed by Oregonians on federal stimulus payments.



The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is still trying to figure out how to restore production at the Rock Creek Hatchery, which was destroyed by a wildfire last September.


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Tens of thousands of Oregonians are still without power following a series of ice and snow storms over the weekend.


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UPDATE:  On Sunday, Feb. 14 the Oregon Legislature announced that all hearings on Monday, Feb. 15 and Tuesday, Feb. 16 would be postponed due to extensive power outages and ice storm damage in Salem. The wildfire hearings are now scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 17 and Monday, Feb. 22.


Oregon lawmakers in charge of guiding the legislature’s response to last fall’s wildfires are seeking input in the form of a series of public hearings.