Katie Lauer is a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area of California. She thrives on diving into the nooks and crannies of society, writing stories that bring the “who” and “why” to life. Most recently, she was a staff writer at San José Spotlight covering everything from the COVID-19 pandemic and city hall happenings, to local arts endeavors and the LGBTQ+ community.

Lauer’s work was anchored in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” prior to moving west, writing for the Rochester Post Bulletin, 507 Magazine and the Minnesota Daily. She can often be found dreaming of live concerts, talking to her cats and overusing the em dash.

All Stories by Katie Lauer

September 5, 2022

A construction site where it’s OK to ‘ask and learn’

In California, a nonprofit helps women and nonbinary people gain skills and confidence. It’s part of a growing effort to demystify an industry still largely associated with men.

August 2, 2022

Where style and acceptance are of equal importance

California barbershop’s niche: Catering to clients who seek gender-affirming hairstyles.

July 5, 2022

Pandemic augmented services long-sought by the disabled

If the pandemic has an upside, it is the expansion of services and online connectivity, from grocery delivery to closed captioning during meetings. Technology has ushered in welcome solutions to everyday challenges.

April 4, 2022

Recruiters work to improve representation in tech

Technologists of color create connections and jobs for other people of color in the tech industry. From placing workers to investing in a community, work experiences serve as their common thread.

October 20, 2021

It takes more than drive

Knowledge and experience are, of course, mandatory. But for women who want to earn a living in auto repair and maintenance, that’s only the beginning.