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.

San Jose: Senate candidates debate immigration, public safety and more

Five candidates vying to replace Sen. Jim Beall in Sacramento next year took the stage in San Jose this week at a neighborhood group’s forum to field questions on immigration, public safety and transportation. Hosted by the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association on Thursday night, the District 15 candidates included former Assemblywoman Nora Campos, Santa Clara...

San Jose Downtown Association meeting took an unexpected turn

A roomful of San Joseans gathered inside a church hall Friday to hear about the state of downtown amid a rapidly changing landscape from a longtime Silicon Valley leader. Instead, they got an earful about a labor-backed measure that Scott Knies, executive director of the San Jose Downtown Association, called “devious” and “duplicitous.” The initiative,...

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