Katie Lauer

Katie Lauer is a politics & local government 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 needs medical masks to fight COVID-19. This group is hand-making them.

Donations have poured in for masks and other protective gear for Santa Clara County doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus in one of the country’s most highly-infected areas – but it’s still not enough. The dire shortage continues. So one group got creative and started making those much-needed masks. “(Mask shortages) are a problem I...

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