Sonya Herrera

Sonya Herrera is a freelance reporter for San José Spotlight. She was born and raised in Stockton and lived in San Jose for years while attending San José State University.

At SJSU, Sonya studied economics while writing about how local government policy affects businesses, workers and society at large. She has interned and reported for the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and aims to bring life and color to every story she writes. Sonya can be bribed with coffee, seasoned potato chips and veggie burritos.

Please feel free to contact Sonya at [email protected] for tips, feedback or fun conversation.

San Jose advocates call Biden’s immigration plan unjust

As President Joe Biden was inaugurated at the nation’s Capitol, San Jose residents gathered to demand legal status for the country’s 11 million undocumented residents. “What do we want?” they shouted. “Papers! When do we want them? Now!” Local advocates since November have pressed the Biden administration to prioritize comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to...

San Jose transit agencies to receive millions in federal COVID-19 relief

Bay Area transit officials this month will decide how to allocate $975 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to local transit agencies, including the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). “In the lens of the pandemic, it allows essential workers to keep their jobs and save money,” said Daniel Huynh, a member of Silicon Valley...