Lauren Pastrana joined CBS Miami in April 2012 as a reporter. She is an Emmy nominated, multimedia journalist with experience in television, radio and web-based news reporting.
She believes everyone has a story to tell and she is anxious to share them in the community where she grew up.
When Lauren first became a member of the CBS4 family, she was also doing double duty as the morning news anchor at Newsradio 610 WIOD.
After many months of very limited sleep, she became a fulltime weekday evening reporter on CBS4.
A Miami native, Lauren returned to South Florida from WINK-TV, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers, where she was as a reporter and fill-in anchor.
Before her stint in Southwest Florida, Lauren was a reporter and afternoon news anchor at WIOD where she covered everything from Super Bowl XLIV to local political corruption. She also spent a season as an in-stadium reporter for the show “Miami Dolphins Game Day Live”.
Lauren graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida, where she was awarded the Four-Year Scholar Award, a distinction bestowed to those who graduate at the top of their class. While in Gainesville, Lauren anchored and reported for WUFT-TV and was part of the team responsible for launching a Spanish-language web-based news service targeting Alachua and the surrounding counties titled AM850: Noticias en Español.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and their rescue dog, Daisy.
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Miami Police were investigating a case of suspected road rage Friday afternoon.
A man accused of killing a Miami police officer during a traffic stop in 1988 accepted a plea deal Wednesday.
Police arrested a man accused of trying to kidnap a child at a Miami community center.