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

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.

August 25, 2021

Bringing a woman's perspective to gaming

Women are disrupting the traditional boys’ club of the video game industry and pushing for more diverse voices in creative design and in the boardroom.

April 7, 2021

A year later, nightlife is almost unrecognizable

LGBTQ communities across the U.S. had lost many of their gathering places already. Now, there are even fewer venues, but some community veterans are maintaining, if not reinventing, themselves in unsettling times.

March 8, 2021

Coffee shop owner brews sense of belonging in Mankato

After ‘escaping’ to the Twin Cities for a few years, Melby-Kelley came home to open a safe space for LGTBQ people and a welcoming place for all. ‘I want people to feel good about who they are the second they walk in the door.’

February 23, 2021

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.