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.

Silicon Valley candidates rally for support in San José Spotlight forum

Eighteen Silicon Valley candidates across four local and legislative races answered dozens of questions this month about homelessness, transportation, climate change and economic development in a two-hour discussion hosted by San José Spotlight. The Dec. 4 forum, held at CreaTV San Jose’s downtown studios and moderated by senior reporter Janice Bitters, was the first of two...

San Jose earned perfect score for LGBTQ equality, despite some shortcomings

For the fifth year in a row, the Human Rights Campaign gave San Jose a perfect score for equality in services, laws and protection for its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer residents. The eighth annual Municipal Equality Index researched 49 criteria for local communities, including hot-button issues such as actions against conversion therapy and...

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