Natalia Zea

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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.

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Bobby was adopted after his picture went viral on Facebook. A day later, he was greeted to cheers at his new job with his new owner.  (Source: (L)Facebook (R) CBS4)

“Bobby” The Pup That Went Viral Greeted With Cheers At New Job

Bobby – the pup that went viral for his sad picture in the pound- spread some love Thursday morning.

02/11/2016

Bobby was adopted after his picture went viral on Facebook. (Source: Facebook)

Abandoned Pup That Went Viral Now Has New Home

It was the picture that sadly stared at hundreds of thousands of social media users.

02/10/2016

Four people were left in critical condition after their car was hit from behind by a hit and run driver in Miami on Saturday. (Source: CBS4)

Accused Hit-And-Run Driver Speaks To Miami Police

The owner of a Mercedes-Benz that slammed into several people and a parked car early Saturday morning had a very brief meeting with police investigators Monday.

02/08/2016

Four people were left in critical condition after their car was hit from behind by a hit and run driver in Miami on Saturday. (Source: CBS4)

Miami Hit & Run Driver Set To Surrender With Attorney

It happened in an instant and sent five people to the hospital.

02/07/2016

More than a dozen mothers of murder victims and activists crowded at the front entrance of the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office Thursday morning because they said there is a lack of justice. (Source: Natalia Zea)

Protesters Blame State Attorney’s Office For Lack Of Justice

There was a vocal march of more than a dozen mothers of murder victims and activists, and a crowded scene at the front entrance of the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office Thursday morning was designed to send a clear message to the woman in charge on the fourth floor.

02/04/2016

Juan J. Perez was named Miami-Dade Police Director at a graduation ceremony at FIU on Jan. 28, 2016. (Source: CBS4)

New MDPD Director Talks Major Issues From Gun Violence To Body Cams

Juan Perez now holds one of the most important jobs in South Florida. As the new Miami-Dade Police Director, Perez is charged with protecting more than 2.5 million men, women and children.

02/03/2016

The Miami-Dade Police Department has confirmed the officer in this video is Daniel Fonticiella.
(Source: Claudia Castillo)

Police Department Identifies Officer Pulled Over For Allegedly Speeding

A Miami-Dade police officer pulled over by a woman who said he was speeding has been identified by his department.

02/01/2016

Authorities seized guns, drugs and cash during one of five busts on a crime ring focused on Liberty City. 
(Source: CBS4)

Law Enforcement Arrests 55 In Drugs, Weapons Bust

What began as an investigation into one drug trafficker, led to a wide operation involving federal wiretaps that brought down a large drug and weapons trafficking network that focused on Liberty City.

01/28/2016

(Credit: Thinkstock)

Bond Court Judge Receives Scathing Letter From Police Union President

Miami-Dade Bond Court Judge Mindy Glazer has heard plenty of tough talk in her courtroom, but a recent tense encounter came not from the bench, but from a letter, posted on the internet and emailed to her by Miami Police Union President Sgt. Javier Ortiz.

01/27/2016

A church service honored victims of shootings in Opa-Locka, including Tavares Fullington, who was gunned down in January. (Source: Fullington Family)

Exclusive: Surveillance Video Shows Deadly Ambush Inside Convenience Store

A murder rampage broke into the quiet lunch hour on a Tuesday afternoon in a residential Opa-Locka neighborhood.

01/26/2016

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