Katherine Reinhard, a veteran journalist, is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Lehigh Valley Correspondent and a co-editor of Armchair Lehigh Valley, a Substack newsletter focused on politics in the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton region.
ACLU, disability advocates call on Lehigh Co. DA to halt drop box monitoring plan
By: Katherine Reinhard - May 6, 2022
District Attorney Jim Martin's plan crosses the line into voter intimidation, they argue
Lehigh County DA to monitor ballot drop-off boxes for violators
By: Katherine Reinhard - April 27, 2022
Voters could face charges for delivering more than one ballot, Lehigh County's top prosecutor has said.
Democrat Enid Santiago survives petition challenge in Lehigh Valley’s 134th House District seat
By: Katherine Reinhard - April 13, 2022
She will face incumbent Democratic state Rep. Peter Schweyer, D-Lehigh, who was among her petition challengers.
Lehigh DA: Hundreds illegally dropped off more than one ballot in drop boxes; No prosecutions planned
By: Katherine Reinhard - April 5, 2022
ALLENTOWN — An investigation by the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office found that there were “likely hundreds of instances” where people deposited more than one ballot in a voting drop box last fall – a violation of state election law. But District Attorney Jim Martin said there will be no prosecutions because it is impossible […]
Allentown City Council quashes controversial contractor apprenticeship bill
By: Katherine Reinhard - April 1, 2022
An ordinance requiring contractors on large city projects in Allentown to be part of apprenticeship programs was “postponed indefinitely” by City Council on Thursday. The 6-0 vote means the bill has been quashed and must be reintroduced again. The apprenticeship provision for construction projects worth more than $100,000 was part of a Responsible Contractor Ordinance […]
Redrawn districts prompt primary battles in at least five Lehigh Valley House, Senate seats
By: Katherine Reinhard - March 30, 2022
See who is running and which incumbents have primary challengers on May 17.
In Allentown, controversial law requiring contractor apprenticeships on city projects hits snag
By: Katherine Reinhard - March 6, 2022
Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk, who supports the ordinance, has sent it back to city council for additional fine-tuning.
Allentown Police in line to undergo active bystander training. We found out what it’s all about
By: Katherine Reinhard - January 17, 2022
It's all 'about people stepping up and stepping in if they see something that shouldn't be happening,' an official said.
A bridge demolition was a headache in the Lehigh Valley. The infrastructure bill will fix it & more
By: Katherine Reinhard - January 11, 2022
A new Fifth Street Bridge is among the projects being funded by the $1.2T infrastructure law that President Joe Biden signed into law.
Meet Charles Roca, Allentown’s first Latino police chief
By: Katherine Reinhard - December 21, 2021
Roca, who speaks Spanish, is taking over at a time when Blacks and Latinos in Allentown and across the U.S. are fed up with a system that funnels minorities into the criminal justice system at higher rates and labels students in underfunded schools as failures.
New area code coming to Lehigh Valley, suburban Philadelphia
By: Katherine Reinhard - December 7, 2021
Make room 610 and 484. A new area code is in the works for the Lehigh Valley and suburban Philadelphia counties. Area code 835 is expected to make its debut in 2023, according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. The impacted areas include Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Delaware and Chester counties, along with a portion of […]
Bethlehem dangles tax breaks in special zone to developers who include affordable housing
By: Katherine Reinhard - December 5, 2021
To get the break, developers would have to set aside every 10th unit for persons deemed low, very low or extremely low income.