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
  • Immigration rights activists take part in a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 12, 2019. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

    Supreme Court’s Conservatives Seem Prepared to Back Trump on Ending DACA

    Sharply at odds with liberal justices, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to abolish protections that permit 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S., free from the threat of deportation. That outcome would “destroy lives,” declared Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one the court’s liberals who repeatedly suggested the administration has not adequately justified its decision to end the seven-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Nor has it taken sufficient account of the personal, […]

  • Homicide victim Ricardo Ramirez, pictured in an undated photo provided by family. (Credit:

    Teenage Boy Shot and Killed in Boyle Heights

    Authorities are searching for two people seen fleeing the scene after a teenage boy was shot and killed in Boyle Heights Friday night, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Officers heard the shots ring out just before midnight in the area of Wabash and Evergreen avenues and responded to find the teenager lying unresponsive on the ground, suffering from gunshot wounds, LAPD Sgt. Mariscal said. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Mariscal. Coroner’s officials and loved […]

  • A memorial for the victims of the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting in Thousand Oaks appears in a photo posted by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office to Facebook on Nov. 7, 2019.

    Borderline Strong Party Honors Survivors and Victims of 2018 Borderline Shooting

    The inaugural Borderline Strong Party In The Park took place on Saturday to support the 248 survivors of the mass shooting that took place one year ago, on Nov. 7, 2018, and to celebrate the lives of the 12 victims. Chris Wolfe and Lauren Lyster report for the KTLA 5 News on Nov. 9, 2019.

  • 28-Year-Old Lancaster Woman Killed in Multivehicle Crash on SB 5 Freeway Near 405

    A 28-year-old woman died in a multivehicle crash on the southbound 5 Freeway in the Granada Hills area early Friday. The collision happened near the 405 Freeway interchange around 5:15 a.m. and involved four or five vehicles, according to California Highway Patrol’s incident log. The county coroner later identified the victim as Yessenia Camacho of Lancaster. Sky5 video showed a car with heavy front-end damage stopped across two lanes. Another vehicle appeared to have crashed into a railing on the […]

  • Widow of Sergeant Who Died Trying to Stop 2018 Borderline Shooting Wants Him Remembered for His Sacrifice

    Karen Helus lost her partner of nearly 30 years in the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks last year. Ventura County sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus was among the first officers to go inside the restaurant and was killed in the exchange of gunfire between law enforcement and the gunman. Along with his fellow officers and many others grateful for his selflessness, Karen Helus remembers him as a hero. “I want people to remember him for the sacrifice he […]

  • Cody Coffman appears in a photo displayed in his family's living room a year after he died in the 2018 Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting in Thousand Oaks. (Credit: KTLA)

    To Move on, Father Takes Pride in 22-Year-Old Son’s Heroism During 2018 Borderline Shooting

    The night of the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting that left 12 people dead in Thousand Oaks, Jason Coffman went on live TV in desperate search for his son whom he had not heard from since news of the attack broke. Hours later, cameras were on Coffman just a minute after he learned that his 22-year-old child, Cody, did not survive. Coffman said Cody saved lives that night, and that helps him move on a year after the tragedy. […]

  • Blake Dingman appears in a photo provided by his family in November 2019.

    ‘We’ll Never Get Over Losing Him’: Family Remembers 21-Year-Old Who Died in 2018 Borderline Shooting

    Like others who lost their loved ones in the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Blake Dingman’s family continues to grieve a year after the tragedy. The 21-year-old’s mother, Lorrie Dingman, said the fact that Blake was just steps away from leaving the restaurant when the gunman opened fire keeps playing in her head. “We’ll never get over losing him… [The anniversary] doesn’t bring it back up because it never went away,” Dingman said. Lauren Lyster reports […]

  • In this photo provided by family to CNN in November 2019, Justin Meek, center, poses with his sister, below right, and his friends at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks.

    A Year After Borderline Shooting in Thousand Oaks, Family Remembers Courage of Man Who Died Protecting Others

    Victoria Rose Meek and her older brother, Justin, grew up attached at the boot — country music-loving, water polo-playing, singing and criminal justice majors at California Lutheran University. “I called them the fraternal twins, even though they were born three years apart,” their mother, Laura Lynn Meek, told CNN. Their passions led the siblings to Cal Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, also home to what became their favorite dance hall, The Borderline Bar and Grill. They loved Borderline college night, when […]

  • Flames consume a building in North Hollywood the night of Nov. 1, 2019. (Credit: RMG News)

    Massive Fire Consumes Building in North Hollywood

    Firefighters put out flames that consumed a prop business in North Hollywood and spread to two neighboring buildings late Friday night. By 11:30 p.m., the fire had fully engulfed IDF Studio Scenery, which provides specialty props for film and entertainment, at 6844 Lankershim Blvd, and had damaged two other locations, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was reported by Los Angeles Police Department officers who were driving by when they saw the building ablaze. Firefighters worked nonstop for […]

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