Natalia Zea’s passion is telling stories that take the viewer deep inside our community. Whether the focus is on local government issues, crime, or positive highlights of South Florida her hope is that the viewer not only learns something, but also feels something from the story.
Natalia arrived at CBS4 News in October of 2006. During her time in South Florida she has broken public corruption stories, covered big breaking news events, and has gone in-depth on community issues in many neighborhoods including Liberty City, Little Havana, and Pompano Beach.
She was honored to win the “Community Impact” award from the South Florida Association of Black Journalists.
Natalia previously worked at WOAI-TV in San Antonio, TX. She covered Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans- before, during and after the storm, and she broke a story about faulty firefighter equipment that led to sweeping changes in that city.
Natalia began her career working for KDBC-TV, the CBS affiliate in El Paso, TX. During her time there, she crossed the border into Ciudad Juarez, Mexico dozens of times to cover the heartbreaking stories about the string of serial rapes and murders of low-income women in that city, as well as drug violence, and immigration issues.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Natalia grew up in the colder climate of Denver, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. She misses snow-covered mountains, but loves Miami’s beautiful beaches, and warm weather.
Natalia enjoys spending time with her family including her adopted black labrador pup. She also spends her time hosting and taking part in numerous community events, volunteering, playing pool, and listening to music.
DJ Laz, whose real name is Lazaro Mendez, is named in a lawsuit filed by the family of the man killed while pushing Mendez’ boat.
According to neighbors, the Miami neighborhood around SW 25th Avenue and 21st Avenue isn’t used to criminal activity and a heavy police response, except at a small corner home, where police lights are becoming common.
Medical Examiners ruled the death of retired Miami-Dade Police Director Robert Parker as a suicide.
They were so small, investigators didn’t see them until the day after the accident. Several ripped up pieces of a dollar or multiple dollar bills, containing a white residue, which tested positive for cocaine.
A Fort Lauderdale woman is one of the first to receive what’s being called the most technologically advanced prosthetic hands on the market.
It was game, set, match for Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic after he was led away in handcuffs from a swanky South Beach hotel because he refused to turn down his loud music.
A man, whose call to 911 Tuesday led to the arrest of an accused serial burglar, is now a victim after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at his home Wednesday morning.
A man, shot by a Plantation police officer after he struck the cop in the face, has died.
The Miami Police Chief and police union president are responding to allegations that officers brutally beat a man after a car chase.
The backlash against presidential candidate Donald Trump continues. NASCAR and the PGA seem to be distancing themselves from Trump.