Katie Lauer

Katie Lauer is a freelance reporter for San José Spotlight. She moved to the Bay Area during the summer of 2019 and looks forward to writing about policy, government and life as a whole in Santa Clara County.

A graduate from the University of Minnesota’s Hubbard School of Journalism, Katie is a writer who emphasizes a person-first approach, working to always bring the “who” and “why” of a story to the forefront.

Most recently working as a general assignment reporter for the Rochester Post Bulletin, she covered everything from City Council meetings and political counter-rallies to disability rights and LGBTQ community events.

She was also the co-editor for 507 Magazine – the paper’s weekly arts and entertainment publication – where her love of all things creative thrived. Prior to her time in Rochester, she worked for the Minnesota Daily, Lillie Suburban News, Music in Minnesota, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Hubbard Broadcasting.

Katie is excited to dive head first into every nook and cranny of life in the South Bay.

Santa Clara County lawmakers approve firearm safe storage laws

Some elected leaders say gun laws can lead to trouble when equally applied to urban and rural areas – and that’s what Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese is trying to avoid. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved his proposal requiring safe storage for firearms in homes on unincorporated county land. The ordinance, which primarily aims...

Santa Clara County OKs building low-income housing on vacant county land

There are nearly 80 acres of county-owned land sitting vacant – near hospitals and public transit – and now county lawmakers will look at turning it into apartments for homeless residents. Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez presented a proposal at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday to look into building extremely low-income housing on that...

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