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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Barak Barfi gives a prepared statement outside the home of Steven Sotloff (Source: CBS4)

Murdered Local Journalist Described As “Gentle Soul”

A spokesman for the family of murdered American journalist Steven Sotloff described the South Florida native as a “gentle soul” in a prepared statement made just a day after video showing Sotloff being beheaded at the hands of an ISIS terrorist was released.

09/03/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Signs are posted outside of a CVS store on November 5, 2013 in San Francisco, California. CVS Caremark reported a 25 percent surge in third-quarter earnings with profits of $1.25 billion, or $1.02 per share, compared to $1.01 billion, or 79 cents a share one year ago. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

CVS Stops Selling Cigarettes, Cigars

The next time you go to a CVS store, you’ll notice a big change behind the register. Tobacco products are no longer for sale at the company’s 7,700 retail locations.

09/03/2014

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Suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Sues Governor To Get Old Job

Suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi said he is taking legal action against Florida Governor Rick Scott to try to get his job back.

08/21/2014

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Trayvon Martin’s Mother Shares Pain With Family Of Michael Brown

A South Florida mother who knows the pain of losing a son firsthand has written an open letter in support of the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old killed by a police officer in Ferguson, MO earlier this month.

08/19/2014

Shaina McBride (Source: FLPD)

Search Continues For Missing Fort Lauderdale 14-Year-Old

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement issued a Missing Child Alert Monday for a Fort Lauderdale girl last seen Friday morning.

08/18/2014

Suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi celebrates being acquitted of federal charges. (Source: CBS4)

Suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Wants Job Back Immediately

Miami Lakes town officials held a press conference Monday morning to address the status of suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi.

08/18/2014

Miami Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez (Source: CBS4)

Mayor Goes On Town Hall Tour To Answer Budget Questions

Six point two billion dollars is a lot of money and Miami-Dade residents have a lot of questions about how it will be spent in the upcoming fiscal year.

08/14/2014

(Courtesy: Miami-Dade Animal Services)

Boy Mauled To Death By Dog(s) In Goulds

A child in Goulds was mauled to death by dogs Wednesday morning.

08/13/2014

Ellen Jacoby (Source: CBS4)

Miami Casting Director Shares Memories Of Robin Williams

The news of Robin Williams’ death quickly sent shock waves through the entire film industry.

08/12/2014

August 11, 2014: The Carlyle Hotel. (Source: CBS4)

South Florida Fans Remember Robin Williams

One of the roles Robin Williams was most loved for was in the movie “The Birdcage,” where he played the part of a club owner on Miami Beach.

08/12/2014

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