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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Tavarus Ballard and Bogacski Thomas  are accused of kidnapping and drugging a 16-year old runaway and forcing her into prostitution in Southwest Miami-Dade for two weeks in January 2015 until she escaped. (Source: Miami-Dade Dept. of Corrections)

Brothers Charged With Trafficking Underage Girl

An underage girl, forced into prostitution is now safe, and two brothers accused of kidnapping her and forcing her into prostitution are locked up.

4 hours ago

Metromover (Source: miamidade.gov)

Metromover Users May Be Charged For Rides Soon

Metromover riders may have to shell out some change for their rides in the future.

5 hours ago

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Family Files Suit In Deadly Miami Gardens Police Shooting

The family of a Miami Gardens man who was shot and killed by police after he reportedly threatened them with a broomstick is taking the matter to court.

03/02/2015

It's a pre-historic treasure hunt in the heart of the big city – an archaeological dig at the site of an ancient Tequesta Indian village at the confluence of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay. (Source: CBS4)

Archaeologist Unearths Possible Evidence of Rising Sea Level

It’s a pre-historic treasure hunt in the heart of the big city – an archaeological dig at the site of an ancient Tequesta Indian village at the confluence of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay.

02/26/2015

(Source: CBS4)

Trayvon Martin’s Parents React To DOJ Decision

A day after it was announced that George Zimmerman would not face federal charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Martin’s mother said she still believes he got away with murder.

02/25/2015

(CBS4)

Florida Gov. Scott Suspends 11th Grade FSA Test

Any parent of a school-aged child knows the amount of testing in schools is intense in the state of Florida, but Tuesday morning, Governor Rick Scott issued an Executive Order to suspend a standardized test for the state’s 11th graders.

02/24/2015

Hit and run caught on surveillance. (Source: CBS4)

Security Video Shows Hit-And-Run Of Woman In Wheelchair

A beloved mother of two lost her life over the weekend when she was killed in a hit and run while trying to cross the street in her motorized wheelchair.

02/23/2015

(Source: CBS4)

Power Restored In Liberty City Apartment Complex

Electrician Tony White worked to repair a mess of an electrical meter room all day Friday in the Liberty City apartment complex at 1231 NW 61st St.

02/20/2015

Cleveland Clinic of Florida's Egelin Pauline Braathan Center (Source: CBS4)

Explosion & Fire Won’t Delay Opening Of New Cleveland Clinic Center

Despite a fiery explosion, last week managers of the Cleveland Clinic of Florida said the brand new Egel and Pauline Braathen Center, will not have a delayed opening.

02/19/2015

Lavall Hall (Source: Lavall Hall Family)

Family Of Man Shot By Officer Wants Outside Agency To Investigate

The Miami-Dade chapter of the NAACP and attorney Glenn Goldberg held a news conference Wednesday afternoon, along with the family of Lavall Hall, the man shot and killed by Miami Gardens Police.

02/18/2015

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