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 launch attacks over campaign funding

With March primary ballots hitting mailboxes in two weeks, the race for an open state Senate seat in District 15 is heating up, with candidates lambasting their opponents over campaign finances. Former Federal Elections Committee Chair Ann Ravel this week called for fellow candidate Nora Campos to return campaign funds she received from Big Oil. In a...

‘It’s just politics’: Ann Ravel wins backing from Dave Cortese colleagues

An unusual trend of Silicon Valley lawmakers endorsing political newcomers – instead of their own colleagues – has spread to statewide races. San José Spotlight first reported on the shift last year, highlighting how San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and many other councilmembers backed outsiders over their council colleagues. And in the crowded race for...

New report paints a bleak picture of displacement in San Jose

More than 1.5 million residents fled the Bay Area between 2010 and 2016 due in part to the rising cost-of-living, including San Joseans who are increasingly forced out. A coalition of local housing advocates, nonprofits and lawmakers recently released a report that they hope will shine a light on how displacement is a driving factor in the...

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