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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.

Gabard Guillot is accused of fatally striking a tow truck driver. (Source: Miami Dade)

Arrest Made Almost A Year After Hit & Run Crash Killed Tow Truck Driver

Almost a year after a deadly hit and run crash on the Don Shula Expressway claimed the life of a tow truck driver, a suspect has been arrested.

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Bernex Lucas is accused of shooting his stepdaughter and another woman on April 24, 2014. This is a mugshot of a previous arrest in 2011.(Source: Miami-Dade Police Department)

Police: Man Who Shot Stepdaughter Still At Large

Miami-Dade Police are looking for a man who allegedly shot his stepdaughter on Thursday.

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Fire Forced Evacuation Of South Beach Theater

A fire forced the evacuation of a South Beach movie theater Wednesday night.

04/24/2014

A jury found Michel Escoto (center) guilty of first degree murder in the death of his wife.  (Source: CBS4)

Guilty Verdict In Newlywed Murder Trial

A jury deliberated approximately two and a half hours before finding Michel Escoto guilty of first degree murder for the 2002 death of his wife Wendy Trapaga.

04/22/2014

7-year-old Calder Sloan was in the water Sunday afternoon when police say a jolt of electricity coursed through his small body. (Source: Facebook)

Memorial Service Held For Boy Electrocuted In Family Pool

A memorial service was held Friday for a 7-year-old boy who died over the weekend while swimming in his family’s North Miami pool.

CBS Miami–04/18/2014

Pool where child died. (Source: CBS4)

Boy Possibly Electrocuted While Swimming In Family Pool

North Miami Police are investigating the mysterious death of a 7-year old who was swimming in a residential pool over the weekend.

04/17/2014

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Woman Hurt In Cell Phone Battery Explosion Out Of Hospital

It’s something you hope would never happen to you. Surveillance video shows smoke pouring out of a man’s pocket after a cell phone battery exploded.

04/16/2014

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

Funeral Held For Teen & Good Samaritan Killed In Multi-Car Crash

Family and friends gathered Wednesday afternoon to pay their respects to a teen killed in multiple vehicle crash over the weekend.

04/16/2014

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.

04/15/2014

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.

04/15/2014

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