Lorraine Gabbert

Lorraine Gabbert is a freelance reporter and photographer covering city news and local politics for San José Spotlight. She brings years of writing experience to the job, including articles for 90210, Almaden Times, b.a.b.y, Bay Area Parent, LG Magazine, San Jose Magazine, the Mercury News and South Bay Accent.

She previously worked in film and video production in Los Angeles and for the American Broadcasting Company in New York. She studied journalism at Pennsylvania State University and film at the New School in New York.

San Jose tourist attractions struggle through COVID pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic hit San Jose tourist attractions hard, but some have found creative ways to bring back visitors. The Children’s Discovery Museum, Tech Interactive and Winchester Mystery House all closed during last year’s shelter in place, and have yet to fully recover. But through rainy day funds, donors and online programming, they stayed afloat despite...

‘Helping people is satisfying for me’: Gabriela Chavez-Lopez takes back the power

Gabriela Chavez-Lopez learned about the power of organizing from an early age. Born and raised in the Central Valley, the birthplace of the farmworker movement, Chavez-Lopez grew up hearing stories about Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta. She was inspired by their ability to mobilize the community to aid farmworkers and create policy change. “Here are these...