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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.

Imer Armando Perez (Source: Florida Dept. of Corrections)

Convicted Child Abuser Accused Of Posing As Attorney

A man once convicted of aggravated child abuse is now wanted on grand theft charges.

2 hours ago

The iconic David’s Café in South Beach will serve its last cafecitos and coladas on Sunday, April 20th.  (Source: Facebook)

South Beach’s Iconic David’s Cafe To Close This Weekend

Less than two years after closings its Lincoln Road location, David’s Cafe on Collins Avenue will stop brewing Cuban cafecito for good.

4 hours ago

Anapaula Saldana, 17, and Caroline Agreda, 17, were killed early Sunday April 13, 2014.  (Source: CBS4)

Family, Friends Mourn Teens & Good Samaritan Killed In Crash

It’s an emotional day at Sunset Senior High School in West Kendall as students and faculty mourn the loss of two students who were killed in a multiple vehicle crash early Sunday morning. A third person, a good Samaritan who stopped to help the two friends after they were involved in a car accident, was also killed.

CBS Miami–04/14/2014

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Commode Confusion: Can Miami-Dade Voters Use Restrooms At Polling Places Or Not?

As if waiting in a long line to vote isn’t bad enough, imagine waiting with a full bladder!

04/10/2014

Manny Garcia (Source: CBS4)

Off-Duty Cop Who Hit Grocery Cart With Kids Inside Charged With DUI

A veteran Miami-Dade Police officer has been relieved of pay after detectives say he was driving drunk last Saturday night when his white GMC truck hit a shopping cart with two children inside it.

04/09/2014

Source: CBS4

MDPD Lieutenant Arrested On Federal Narcotics Charges

Law enforcement officials arrested an internal affairs officer with the Miami-Dade Police Department in Miami Gardens Tuesday morning, according to the Department of Justice.

04/08/2014

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One Man Hurt In Police-Involved Shooting In Miami

One man had to be rushed into surgery Tuesday afternoon after a Miami Police officer said he was forced to open fire on the man wielding a machete, police said.

04/08/2014

Senior Pastor Bob Coy resigns. (Source: http://www.calvaryftl.org/about/photo-gallery/fort-lauderdale-main-campus/)

Fort Lauderdale Megachurch Pastor Resigns Over ‘Moral Failing’

Many parishioners attending a special meeting Sunday at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale were surprised by the news of the senior pastor’s resignation.

04/07/2014

Source: BSO

BSO Sting Nets Two Arrests In Motel Burglary Attempt

Daytime burglars targeting vacationers staying in motels have been busted with the help Broward Sheriff’s Office special team of detectives.

04/04/2014

Qualecia James, 21, was killed during what police said was a drive-by shooting in Miami Gardens. She was 7-months pregnant at the time. (Source: Miami Gardens Police Department)

Baby Born 2 Months Premature After His Mother Was Shot In The Head Remains Critical

The baby boy born premature after his mother was shot in Miami Gardens Sunday remains in critical condition, but his great grandmother said the child’s prognosis is not good.

CBS Miami–04/01/2014

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