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.

‘It feels like Christmas’: Santa Clara County malls finally reopen

After three months of closure during the coronavirus pandemic, Westfield shopping centers in Santa Clara County, including Oakridge and Valley Fair, reopened for business Monday. “Westfield is excited to open our doors again … as we begin our initial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Leah Heil, vice president of shopping center management. Anticipation ran...

Animal shelters scramble to meet adoption demand absent volunteers, in-person visits

Adapting to the coronavirus pandemic has required staff members at Silicon Valley’s animal shelters to do work usually performed by volunteers as they rush to keep up with the heightened demand for animal adoptions amid shelter-in-place restrictions. While shelters struggle to retain volunteers, like many nonprofits, there is a silver lining. Sheltering-in-place has resulted in...

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