Lauren Pastrana is the co-anchor of CBS4 News This Morning airing Monday-Friday, from 5 to 7 AM. She 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.
Lauren believes everyone has a story to tell and she loves 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, son Jordan, and their dog Daisy.
At a speech at Miami-Dade College Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden referred to himself as “the White House optimist.”
Police said they have launched an investigation after a teenager, being held in the state’s juvenile detention facility in Miami, died in a fight.
What was once Tropical Storm Erika is no longer a threat to South Florida, but the possibility of flooding is still very real.
A brother and sister are dead in what investigators are calling “an apparent murder suicide” in Pompano Beach.
Pinecrest Police are trying to solve a string of recent residential burglaries as homeowners try to figure out how to better secure their homes.
A South Florida college student who has no insurance is stuck in Cuba after a violent crash.
A year-old rape case and a rash of residential burglaries are still unsolved in Coral Gables, more than a year after the first case was reported. In an effort to raise awareness, police are re-releasing some vital safety information.
Pink Pony, the Doral strip club shut down last week after investigators found evidence minors were drinking and doing drugs there, was given the green light to reopen late next month.
When Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigators came to Sweetwater earlier this summer, the mayor thought they would be there for three, maybe four days.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has wrapped up its audit of the Sweetwater Police Department.