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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Sources: FDLE Audit Finds Guns, Money Missing From Sweetwater PD

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has wrapped up its audit of the Sweetwater Police Department.


Richard Blanco (Source: CBS4)

Poet Returns To South Florida, Talks About Historic Cuba Trip

You could say it’s the poem he’s been writing his entire life. A “hyphenated” life as Richard Blanco calls it, the life of a Cuban-American.


Rafael Vidaillet, 71, is charged with inciting a riot, battery and disorderly conduct after he was arrested Friday for reportedly attacking 45-year-old Waldo Mata at Versailles.
(Source: Miami-Dade Corrections)

Man Arrested For Brawl Outside Historic Cuban Restaurant Appears In Court

A man arrested outside Versailles Cuban restaurant Friday, accused of attacking a man who was in favor of restored diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, was in bond court Saturday.


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World Trade Center Beam In South Florida Bound For Memorial Site

A piece of the World Trade Center is now in South Florida.


Grammy-winning jazz composer and pianist O'Farrill will be in Cuba on Friday, just in time to watch the American flag go up over the U.S. Ambassador's home.
(Source: CBS4)

Musician To Travel From Miami To Havana For Embassy Opening

The first track on the yet-to-be-released album “Cuba: The Conversation Continues” is called “The Triumphant Journey.” And the man behind the music will make a special journey of his own Friday to Cuba.


Shooting (Source: CBS4)

Teen Arrested In 15-Year Old’s Death In Dade

Miami-Dade Police arrested a 14-year old in connection to the shooting death of a 15-year old.


A number of people including firefighters were rushed to the hospital Tuesday after a fire truck and a rescue truck slammed into each other in Miami. (Source: CBS4

Firefighters End Up As Victims After Collision

Firefighters ended up in the hospital after a fire truck and a rescue ambulance collided in Miami Tuesday afternoon.


Daniel J. Oates to be sworn in as Miami Beach police chief.  (Source: CBS4)

Miami Beach Police Chief Reacts To Movie Theater Shooter Sentence

Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates may live more than 2,000 miles away from his former home in Aurora, Colorado, but on Friday, his thoughts were with the people of the city where he served as chief on one of its darkest days.


A huge hole marked the spot where a van's wild ride came to a crashing end at NW 7th Ave. and 43rd St.
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Van With 3 Kids Inside Crashes Through NW Miami Building

A huge hole marked the spot where a van, with three kids insides, crashed into a building Thursday afternoon.


When the officer followed the vehicle over the bridge, catching up to the van, it had already crashed into the side of a building located at NW 7th Avenue and 43rd Street (Source: CBS4)

Traffic Stop Attempt Ends With Car Slamming Into Miami Building

Miami Police officers surrounded the area where a car had slammed into a building Thursday afternoon after an attempted traffic stop.