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Salem's Statesman Journal Lays Off Key Newsroom Employees, Sells Building

'For Lease' signs are posted in front of the building that houses the Statesman Journal in downtown Salem.
Chris Lehman
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Northwest News Network
'For Lease' signs are posted in front of the building that houses the Statesman Journal in downtown Salem.

The daily newspaper in Oregon's capital is undergoing some changes. The Statesman Journal in Salem laid off two top newsroom employees and has sold the downtown building that houses its newsroom.

The paper quietly parted ways with Executive Editor Michael Davis earlier this month. This week, long-time Editorial Page Editor Dick Hughes was laid off. Hughes had been with the paper nearly 35 years. He said on Twitter that it was a sad day but had no hard feelings.

The moves come as the Statesman Journal's parent company, Gannett, said it's laying off about 2 percent of its workforce nationwide as part of a cost-cutting move.

The Statesman Journal may also be moving from its downtown Salem headquarters. The building that houses its newsroom sold in August for $2.6 million. The buyer is listed as a company called "News LLC" based in Keizer, Oregon.

Statesman Journal President Ryan Kedzierski did not respond to a request for comment.

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Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
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.