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Lauren Lyster

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
  • The victim, identified only as 13-year-old Diego, is seen in a family photo.

    Authorities Investigate Whether Moreno Valley Student Was Bullied Before Filmed Attack on Campus

    Authorities are investigating whether a child who remains in critical condition after a violent assault at a Moreno Valley middle school had been the target of bullying before the attack. The assault took place Monday afternoon at Landmark Middle School and resulted in the arrest of two 13-year-old students. Riverside County sheriff’s investigators said they are aware of allegations of bullying involving the victim and are working with the school to conduct a “thorough investigation,” Deputy Robyn Flores said Thursday in an […]

  • Ed Buck made his first court appearance on Sept. 19, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Democratic Donor Ed Buck Faces Federal Charges Tied to 2017 Death of Gemmel Moore: Officials

    Federal prosecutors announced on Thursday that they have filed charges against prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck in connection with the 2017 death of Gemmel Moore at his West Hollywood apartment. Buck, 65, has been charged with providing methamphetamine to a victim who died after receiving the drug intravenously, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. An affidavit outlines what U.S. District Attorney Nicola Hanna described as a “disturbing” pattern in which […]

  • Activist Jasmyne Cannick joins members of West Hollywood's black and gay communities at a candlelight vigil outside the home of Ed Buck in January 2019. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

    Activists See Grim Vindication After Ed Buck’s Arrest for Allegedly Running West Hollywood Drug House

    Jasmyne Cannick was speaking at a Democratic club meeting Tuesday night when her phone buzzed with a text: The police were raiding Ed Buck’s West Hollywood apartment. His neighbors had been alerting Cannick, a political consultant and activist for the black LGBTQ community, about comings and goings at the location after two gay black men in less than two years died of drug overdoses in the influential Democratic donor’s home. Buck’s arrest Tuesday, about a week after a third man […]

  • The scene of a collision that left a man dead in the city of Commerce on Sep. 14, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man in Wheelchair Dies After Being Struck By Pickup Truck in Commerce

    A man died after being struck by a pickup and pinned underneath in the city of Commerce Saturday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. The collision was reported at about 7:43 a.m. in a crosswalk in the area of South Atlantic Boulevard and Jardine Street, the department said. Deputies responded and found the victim pinned under a large pickup truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident drew a crowd that gathered near the truck in […]

  • A CHP officer is seen loaded into an ambulance on Sep. 14, 2019. (Credit: RMG News)

    CHP Officer Injured in Crash After Multiple Incidents on 405 Freeway in Long Beach

    A California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer sustained serious injuries when he crashed while responding to a previous crash in Long Beach Friday night. The officer’s crash was one of several that occurred on the 405 Freeway Friday night, causing major traffic backups lasting into the early hours Saturday. A fatal crash occurred on the 405 northbound at Woodruff Avenue around 10 p.m., and another crash happened on the southbound 405 at Century Boulevard less than an hour later. These incidents […]

  • Guatemalan migrants deported from the U.S. remain outside the Air Force Base after their arrival in Guatemala City on July 31, 2019. (Credit: ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty Images)

    SCOTUS Decision to Allow Denial of Nearly All Asylum Claims From Central Americans Denounced as Inhumane

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s clearing of the way for the Trump administration to deny nearly all asylum requests from Central Americans and other migrants caused despair along the border Thursday and was denounced by activists as a “death sentence” for those trying to escape poverty and violence in their homelands. The new policy would deny refuge to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. without first seeking asylum there. Migrants who make their way to […]

  • FBI personnel gather on a jetty by FBI Dive Team boats in Santa Barbara Harbor on Sept. 4, 2019. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Questions Raised About Origin Point of Deadly Dive Boat Fire Off Santa Cruz Island

    Authorities said Friday they believe smoke inhalation caused the deaths of 34 people aboard the Conception dive boat, raising new questions about exactly where the fire started and how it spread. The fire broke out early Monday morning during a Labor Day weekend diving expedition, trapping the victims who were sleeping. Five crew members who were above deck at the time were able to escape and said the fire was too intense to get anyone else out. A source familiar […]

  • Traweek Middle School in West Covina is seen on Sep. 6, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    After Investigations, West Covina Police Say No Kidnapping Attempts Occurred

    Update, 5:30 p.m. Friday: West Covina police say they have investigated these incidents and determined no kidnapping attempts occurred. An update story with details is available here.  Previous story: Police are looking for two men, one in a car and one on a bicycle, who allegedly tried to kidnap a 12-year-old boy near a West Covina middle school Thursday morning. A 12-year-old boy told officials he was walking to Traweek Middle School about 7:20 a.m. when a man driving a […]

  • Daniel Michael Nogueira and Bryan Antonio Araujocabrera, both 25, are seen in a photo provided by the Los Angeles Fire Department on Sept. 4, 2019.

    Suspects in Eagle Rock Brush Fire Were Targeting Homeless Encampment, Officials Say

    Two men suspected of starting a brush fire that forced the evacuation of 100 homes in Eagle Rock and Glendale were allegedly trying to set ablaze a homeless encampment, authorities said Wednesday. Daniel Michael Nogueira and Bryan Antonio Araujocabrera, both 25, were arrested last week on suspicion of attempted murder within days of the fire burning through 45 acres over the course of two days, threatening homes and triggering closures of the 134 and 2 freeways. Investigators with the Los […]

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