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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A woman holds a poster reading "Je Suis Charlie (I Am Charlie)" during a tribute for victims of a terror attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris that left 12 dead, at the Restauradores square in Lisbon on January 8, 2015.  (PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Locals Gather In Honor Of Those Killed In Paris Terrorist Attack

For the second time in as many nights, the French community in South Florida gathered for a rally to show support for the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris.

01/08/2015

Dozens of same-sex couples renewed their vows at a free ceremony in Miami Beach on January 3, 2015. (Source: CBS4)

Dozens of Same-Sex Couples Renew Vows In Miami Beach

Dozens of same-sex couples renewed their vows at a free ceremony in Miami Beach Tuesday night.

01/06/2015

January 1, 2015: A woman was struck and killed while crossing the Palmetto Expressway.  (Source: 511 Traffic Camera)

Autopsy Reveals Woman Killed In Palmetto Crash Was Pregnant

Three young girls remain in the hospital Friday after, while trying to cross the Palmetto Expressway, a car slammed into them, killing one adult, on New Year’s Day.

01/02/2015

January 1, 2015: A woman was struck and killed while crossing the Palmetto Expressway.  (Source: 511 Traffic Camera)

Mother Killed While Trying To Cross Highway With Children

A tragic scene unfolded on the Palmetto Expressway (SR 826) Thursday as a woman was struck and killed.

01/01/2015

January 1, 2015: Parents Patrick Hearns and Shatrerra Nelson welcomed Prince Leon Hearns on Janary 1, 2015 as the first baby born at Mt. Sanai Medical Center.

South Florida Welcomes First Babies Of 2015

The new year means new life for some South Florida families.

01/01/2015

Mr. Orange ready to inch its way up for the New Year in Downtown Miami. (Source: CBS4)

Pitbull Rings In The New Year In Downtown Miami

When the clock strikes midnight in Downtown Miami, Mr. Neon will meet Mr. 305.

12/31/2014

Cameras rolled as a man wearing a hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses barged into the Chevron Food Mart on East 65th Street in Hialeah demanding money, according to police.  (Courtesy: Hialeah Police Dept.)

Crook Caught On Surveillance At Hialeah Food Mart

Hialeah Police need the public’s help identifying a man who held up a convenience store over the weekend.

12/30/2014

Geneya Pearson, 5, was reported missing in Homestead on Tuesday. (Source: Homestead Police Department)

Child Reported Missing Found In Daycare, Mother Arrested

A 5-year-old girl believed to be missing from her Homestead apartment was returned home safely Tuesday afternoon after hours of searching.

12/23/2014

Officer Mark Shotwell (Courtesy: Facebook)

FLPD Detective Speaks Publicly About Deadly Off-Duty Shootout

It’s been almost six months since a deadly shootout outside a Fort Lauderdale bar sent an off-duty detective to the hospital.

12/22/2014

Diosbel Diaz Beoto (Source:  Family Members)

Report: Man Missing At Sea After Trying To Flee Cuba

On the eve of the landmark announcement signaling a policy shift between the U.S. and Cuba, a group of Cubans tried to flee the communist island.

12/19/2014

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