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.
Federal authorities are investigating an armored truck robbery which occurred in Miami on Friday leaving one person injured.
Police are trying to determine if criminal charges should be filed after a four-year old boy was mauled to death by dogs in a southwest Miami-Dade yard.
Police officers continue to saturate the neighborhood in search of the person, or people, responsible for fatally shooting a rabbi over the weekend.
Miami-Dade Police held a news conference Monday morning regarding the murder of an Orthodox rabbi who was shot as he walked to temple Saturday morning. At the same time, police are also investigating symbols of hate which were found scrawled on an SUV owned by the wife of a South Florida rabbi.
Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade spoke out for the first time about his reaction to Lebron James leaving the Heat and what’s next for the team.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s spokesperson is responding Tuesday, a day after retired Miami-Dade Firefighter Jack Garcia who lost his son in a Fourth of July boating accident, told CBS4 News that he wants to start a petition to recall Gimenez.
Miami-Dade police have identified the pilot who died when a Cessna 172 he was in crashed off Elliott Key Sunday afternoon. Ricardo Laporta Barboza, 51, of Coral Gables was at the controls when the plane went down about 200 yards east of the island.
A group of six strangers met for the first time- giving slightly awkward hugs- and some not even speaking the same language. But there is now an unbreakable bond between them.
The mother accused of illegally taking her three children cross-country, which set off a massive search, has taken a plea deal.
It’s a big day for the Florida East Coast Railway. On Monday, they officially opened their new state-of-the-art railroad transfer station at Port Everglades.