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Oregon Governor's Office Releases Cylvia Hayes Emails

The Oregon Governor's office has released 94,000 emails that were sent to and from former first lady Cylvia Hayes.
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The Oregon Governor's office has released 94,000 emails that were sent to and from former first lady Cylvia Hayes.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown's office has released 94,000 emails that were sent to and from former first lady Cylvia Hayes.

Two weeks before last November's election, someone sent Cylvia Hayes a simple email: a link to a Billy Joel song about someone going through hard times. At that time a series of critical news articles revealed information about Hayes’ past.

In another message, Hayes complained to a spokeswoman about being unfairly tried by the media.

Her fiance John Kitzhaber stepped down in February amid a criminal investigation into whether he and Hayes used the governor's office for personal gain.

Governor Brown's office says it's releasing the emails in light of the "unique and historic circumstances surrounding the documents."

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Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.