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.
A bullet accidentally fired from a police sergeant’s gun at his work desk was shot through the wall of his office, into the kitchen, through the refrigerator, into the Communications area, through another wall, ricocheting off a flat screen TV, and finally coming to a stop in a hallway garbage can.
You’ve likely seen crime scene investigators working their magic, dusting charcoal carbon powder and lifting fingerprints to use in criminal investigations.
A witness to the West Dade salon shooting says she can’t erase the images of destruction from that nightmare of a Saturday.
Parents and children’s rights groups are reacting to the Pope’s recent statement at the Vatican, saying it is acceptable to spank children, as long as their dignity is maintained.
Two Miami Police officers are out of a job. They were fired after a State Attorney’s Office investigation, though they were not charged with a crime.
Police have arrested a man for the murder of a 21-year-old who was found shot dead near the Everglades three years ago.
New pictures of Fidel Castro have been released. These are the first new pictures of the former Cuban leader since last August.
Residents of one of South Florida’s most dangerous housing projects are speaking out about the proposal to tear down their homes to build a new housing complex in their place. Miami’s new police chief is throwing his weight behind the project.
Flashing lights, bullet holes, and teddy bear memorials have become so common in the Liberty Square Housing Project, ask any neighbor and they will point out multiple spots around their homes where people were murdered.
A Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Trooper is in the hospital after crashing his bike on an exit ramp on Florida’s Turnpike.