Lauren Pastrana

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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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HUD Secretary Julian Castro sits down with CBS4's Lauren Pastrana (Source: CBS4)

HUD Secretary Talks Local Recovery & Political Future During South Florida Stop

This week marks one year on the job for U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.

07/30/2015

An image from a red light camera in Sweetwater shows a Sweetwater police officer being struck by a pickup truck on February 17th. (Source: American Traffic Solutions)

CBS4 Exclusive: Video Contradicts Report Of Sweetwater Officer-Involved Crash

In Sweetwater, even police officers are supposed to stop at red lights. However, video exclusively obtained by CBS4 appears to show that didn’t happen in a crash where the driver, who struck the officer, was cited.

07/27/2015

Olive the Boston Terrier (Source: CBS4)

Hemp Used As New Pain Reliever For Pets

We hear a lot about medical marijuana and its ability to relieve pain for people. Now some pet owners are saying something similar might help their dogs and cats.

07/21/2015

Viagra (Source: CBS4)

Study Looks At Viagra & Increased Risk Of Melanoma

We all know about the importance of sunscreen in preventing skin cancer. But for some men, a study found the risk of getting melanoma can be doubled before they even step foot in the sun.

07/17/2015

Hugo Mantilla aboard the Stella Maria. He and other passengers had to be rescued after the weather took a turn for the worse off the coast of SC (Source: Hugo Mantilla)

South Florida Family Rescued At Sea After Run-In With Wicked Weather

What one family thought would be a leisurely sail from South Florida to the Carolinas turned out to be anything but when wild weather left the group stranded at sea.

07/14/2015

Healthcare mogul and philanthropist Mike Fernandez welcomed CBS4's Lauren Pastrana aboard the "Pilar", the sister ship of Ernest Hemingway's own boat from the 1930's of the same name. (Source: CBS4)

Restored Boat To Star In Film About Ernest Hemingway

A movie, in the works about the life of author Ernest Hemingway, has its new star, and we’re not talking about an actual actor.

07/10/2015

Bree Ann Camacho (Source: CBS4)

Drunk-Driving Crash Survivor Thanks Officers For Their Service

A survivor of a drunk driving crash honored the people who bring reckless drivers, like the one who killed her sister, to justice in an award ceremony at Miami-Dade Police Headquarters Thursday.

07/02/2015

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Hotels Prep For Holiday Weekend Boost

Whether it’s a vacation or a staycation, South Florida hotels are hot spots for visitors and locals alike.

06/30/2015

Breanna Vergara (Source: Facebook/The Breanna Vergara Foundation)

Local Dancer’s Sudden Death Prompts Parents To Push For EKGs

The sudden death of a South Florida dancer is changing the way some parents think about their kids’ heart health.

06/26/2015

Bella Rodriguez-Torres (Source: Highpoint Academy Coral Way Campus)

Cyclists Ride From Miami To Disney For “Live Like Bella” Fundraiser

A group of South Florida cyclists is heading to Orlando in memory of a young girl who fought a long, courageous battle against cancer.

06/24/2015

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