Lauren Lyster
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Lauren Lyster is a freelance reporter for KTLA 5 News.

Previously, Lauren worked for ABC News based in Los Angeles, reporting for the network’s shows including “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight,” and for ABC stations across the country with ABC NewsOne. Lauren was the network’s first correspondent on the ground during the breaking news of the Orlando Pulse nightclub terror attack, leading special report coverage from the scene. Her reporting has taken her from Hurricane Matthew in Florida, to wildfires in Southern California, to tornadoes in Texas. And she was anchoring the early morning network broadcast during the breaking news of the Brussels terror attack. For ABC stations, her assignments ranged from the San Bernardino terror attack, to red carpet award shows such as the Oscars, to highlights of the 2016 presidential race including the Democratic National Convention and election night.

Prior to ABC, Lauren was a correspondent at CBS News based in New York where she often anchored the network’s early morning broadcasts and reported primarily for CBS stations with Newspath, focused on MoneyWatch reports and consumer news.

Lauren has also worked as a video host and correspondent for Yahoo Finance, where she anchored a live daily show from the Nasdaq MarketSite, reported live during big IPOs such as Twitter and Alibaba, and interviewed newsmakers in the business world.

Lauren graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Lauren is a native of Southern California, originally from Irvine.

Recent Articles
  • This photo was posted to a Facebook page for "David-Louise Turpin" on July 10, 2016.

    Parents in Perris Torture Case to Appear in Court

    A Perris couple accused of holding their 13 children captive and torturing them are set to appear in court Wednesday morning, officials said. David and Louise Turpin each face 12 counts of torture and false imprisonment, seven counts of abuse of a dependent adult and six counts of child abuse. David Turpin, 56, has also been charged with a lewd act on a child under 14 by force, fear or duress. They each face 94 years to life in prison […]

  • A firefighter douses flames on a big rig in Cerritos on June 16, 2018. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Lanes Reopen on 91 Freeway in Cerritos After Fiery Big Rig Crash, Fuel Spill

    All lanes on the 91 Freeway in Cerritos were open late Saturday morning after a fiery crash involving a big rig forced the closure of the westbound lanes earlier in the day. The fire was reported at 4:15 a.m. on the freeway at Bloomfield Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol incident page. Initial reports indicated the big rig collided with the center divider. Approximately 120 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto the freeway, the CHP stated. The condition of […]

  • Officials investigate a fatal crash on the 405 Freeway in Seal Beach on June 15, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Father, Son Killed in Crash After SUV Stalls on 405 Freeway in Seal Beach

    A father and son died in a crash on the 405 Freeway Friday morning that prompted a SigAlert for the temporary closure of multiple southbound lanes through Seal Beach. The father was identified as Tarun Katara, 39, of Irvine, according to the Orange County Coroner. There was no immediate information released about the son. The incident occurred near Seal Beach Boulevard after a vehicle stalled on the freeway about 2:30 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Duane Graham. Officers cleared that […]

  • A fuel truck crashed in Woodland Hills on June 15, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Fuel Tanker Crash Prompts SigAlert on 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills

    A SigAlert was issued Friday morning after a fuel tanker jackknifed while traveling eastbound on the 101 Freeway through Woodland Hills. The crash occurred about 2:40 a.m. and guardrail along the highway was damaged from the crash. The driver was taken to a hospital in unknown condition, the California Highway Patrol reported. About 40 gallons of diesel spilled on the roadway, but the fuel came from the truck itself and not the load. The driver had apparently just dropped of […]

  • Police investigate a shooting in South Los Angeles on June 14, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Shot While Sleeping in Her South L.A. Bedroom; Gunman Sought

    A woman was in the hospital Thursday after being shot as she slept in her bedroom in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South Los Angeles. The shooting occurred in the 6100 block of South Hoover Street when the victim awoke to the sound of gunfire coming through her window and realized she had been shot in the arm, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Green said. The victim, described only as a woman in her 40s, was taken to a local hospital […]

  • Police investigate a fatal crash involving a pedestrian in South Los Angeles on June 14, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Struck and Killed While Crossing Street in South L.A.

    A woman was struck and killed while crossing a street in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South Los Angeles early Thursday morning. The collision was reported near the intersection of West Florence Avenue and Kansas Avenue about 4:45 a.m., Los Angeles Police Department Lt. T.J. Kim said. The victim, described only as a woman, was crossing in an unmarked crosswalk when she was struck, Kim said. The driver involved in the crash stopped and remained at the scene. “The driver did […]

  • Firefighters hit hot spots of a fire at the end of Portola Drive in the Benedict Canyon area on June 12. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

    Portola Fire in Beverly Crest Area ‘Still a Threat’ as Crews Work to Increase Containment

    A brush fire that broke out in the Beverly Crest area Tuesday is “still a threat” despite the lifting of mandatory evacuation orders, an official said Wednesday. The blaze, dubbed the Portola Fire, was reported about 2 p.m. after likely being started by a contractor with a weed wacker at a residence in the 9800 block of Portola Drive, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said Tuesday. The fire had burned about 40 acres, but that number was likely […]

  • Crews are seen by an ambulance outside a home in Lincoln Heights on June 10, 2018. (Credit: Loudlabs/KTLA)

    Police Shoot Suspect in Stabbing at Graduation Party in Lincoln Heights

    Los Angeles police shot a man suspected of stabbing someone inside a Lincoln Heights home early Sunday, authorities said. The suspect, who’s in his 20s, and his victim were in stable condition, according to LAPD. Officers around midnight responded to a call about a stabbing at a graduation party in the 2400 block of Gates Street, the agency said. Police reported finding the victim and being told that the perpetrator remained inside the home with family members. The stabber attended […]

  • West Hollywood Closes Streets, Offers Free Rides for Pride Weekend

    A series of streets will shut down in West Hollywood on Saturday and Sunday to make way for the tens of thousands of people expected to gather for the L.A. Pride Festival and Parade. Some road and facility closures already went into effect ahead of the celebrations, with some continuing through Wednesday, according to city officials. Facility closures West Hollywood Park: 6 a.m. on Monday, June 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13 West Hollywood Park dog parks: 6 […]