Lehman reelected as legislative correspondents' president
SALEM — Chris Lehman, Salem correspondent for Oregon Public Broadcasting, has been reelected as president of the Oregon Legislative Correspondents Association.
Lehman has served in that unpaid position since 2013.
The leadership role involves schooling reporters on the ropes and chamber floor rules, taking complaints about and from reporters, and ensuring that reporters have accommodations at major events. He also schedules a press conference room in the press office suite in the basement of the Capitol.
More than a dozen reporters are members of the correspondents association and have offices in the Capitol, where Lehman is the go-to person for questions about how things work.
The association has no budget. Reporters rely on each other's goodwill to provide cast-off appliances, office supplies and furniture.
Lehman joked at the group's annual meeting Thursday that the association's only asset is a box of plastic cutlery and paper dishes that a former capitol reporter amassed and stored in a box under the office suite's microwave.