Natalie Hanson

Natalie Hanson is a freelance reporter for San José Spotlight. She also writes for Marin Independent Journal and has experience reporting on local city government, politics, housing and homelessness, education and environment/fire at Chico Enterprise-Record.

Natalie’s reporting has been published in ChicoSol News, Ethnic Media Services, NPR’s Next Generation Radio, The Mercury News and The Washington Post. She graduated from California State University Chico with degrees in journalism and international relations, and spent three years as reporter and later editor-in-chief at the student-run publication The Orion. She is passionate about community journalism and bringing new perspectives to light, with a passion for holding powerful interests accountable.

Path to planned downtown San Jose landmark unclear

An anticipated landmark in downtown San Jose isn’t going to be a breeze to install. The City Council unanimously voted last May to install an iconic landmark, dubbed “The Breeze of Innovation.” The design beat out nearly 1,000 submissions in an international competition launched in 2019 for creating a new landmark at Arena Green, where the...

San Jose city workers must wear masks once again

With concerns about COVID-19 infections on the rise once more, San Jose city workers are required to wear masks for the next two weeks. The temporary measure is in place from Friday until May 20 and only affects workers at city facilities. The decision comes one month after the City Council voted to rescind the...

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