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

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.

February 19, 2021

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.

February 12, 2021

Some colleges add new sports teams and opportunities

While many universities have ended some college sports programs, a handful of colleges have added teams, including one small liberal arts college in western North Carolina that now offers men’s and women’s lacrosse.