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
  • An undated Facebook photo shows Melyda Corado.

    Funeral Held for Silver Lake Trader Joe’s Manager Killed in Shootout

    The funeral service for Melyda Corado, the manager of the Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake who was fatally shot by police gunfire during a standoff with a suspected gunman, was held Sunday morning at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills. Lauren Lyster reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on July 29, 2018.

  • Cranston Fire Burning in Idyllwild Area 29 Percent Contained

    Firefighters battling a 13,100-acre wildfire in Riverside County continued to make steady progress Saturday against the stubborn blaze, which has forced the evacuation of thousands of residents in and around Idyllwild. The Cranston fire was 29% contained as of Saturday evening, with more than 13,100 acres burned. Authorities say it was started by an arsonist Wednesday morning. Evacuations remained in place for 7,000 people, including residents and campers at Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Firefighters Saturday concentrated on the south […]

  • Danueal Drayton, 27, is seen in a photo tweeted by NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea on July 26, 2018.

    NYC Homicide Suspect Accused of Holding Woman Captive in L.A. Charged With Rape, Attempted Murder

    The 27-year-old suspect in a New York City homicide who allegedly held a woman captive in her North Hollywood apartment and sexually assaulted her has been charged, prosecutors said Friday. Danueal Drayton, of Brooklyn, has been charged with attempted murder, forcible rape, false imprisonment by violence and sexual penetration by a foreign object, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He is scheduled to be arraigned at the courthouse in Van Nuys on Friday, […]

  • Danueal Drayton, 27, is seen in a photo tweeted by NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea on July 26, 2018.

    Man Wanted in Queens Killing Arrested in L.A. Area, Found With Captive Victim at Hotel: NYPD

    A man wanted by New York City authorities for allegedly killing a Queens nurse was arrested in the Los Angeles area, authorities said Thursday. Officers with LAPD’s North Hollywood division arrested Danueal Drayton, 27, at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday, inmate records show. His arrest came after a cross-country effort by NYPD detectives, who tracked him to a hotel in California where he was holding a woman captive, KTLA sister station WPIX reported. While LAPD handled his arrest, it is unclear […]

  • Dangerous Temps, Heat Advisories Still in Place Across SoCal

    Day four of a heat wave gripping Southern California will bring slightly cooler temperatures, but heat advisories are still in place Thursday. Lauren Lyster reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on July 26, 2018.

  • Donald Trump's vandalized star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in seen on July 25, 2018. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Donald Trump’s Star Vandalized Again on Hollywood Walk of Fame

    A 24-year-old man is in custody Wednesday after Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was once again vandalized. The president’s star was reduced to rubble after someone apparently used a pickax to destroy it in the early morning hours. Video showed the pickax was left on the ground beside a hole where the star used to be. Authorities believe the incident on Hollywood Boulevard near the Dolby Theatre occurred about 3:30 a.m. A man turned himself in […]

  • An undated Facebook photo shows Melyda Corado.

    Suspect ID’d in Silver Lake Trader Joe’s Standoff That Left Woman Dead, Others Injured

    A 28-year-old man was booked on suspicion of murder after an hourslong standoff with authorities at a Silver Lake Trader Joe’s that left a woman dead as dozens of people remained barricaded inside the store, Los Angeles police said Sunday. Gene Evin Atkins remained in police custody at a local hospital the day after the shootout, Officer Drake Madison told KTLA. He was being held on $2 million bail. More than 40 customers and employees were held hostage during the standoff […]

  • Anthony Avalos is seen in a photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    Funeral Services Held for Lancaster Boy Allegedly Tortured by Mother, Her Boyfriend

    Family members mourned as they held funeral services for a Lancaster boy who died after alleged abuse by his mother and her boyfriend. Ten-year-old Anthony Avalos’ mother, Heather Barron, 28, and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Kareem Leiva, were charged with murder and torture after the child’s death on June 21. The day before, Barron called 911 saying her son fell in their apartment. Officers responded and found Anthony unresponsive. The boy succumbed to his injuries at a hospital the following morning. Officials […]

  • Vehicles driving near the Hollywood Bowl are seen on July 18, 20(Credit: John Neis/KTLA)

    L.A. Tests Pilot Program in Effort to Reduce Hollywood Bowl Traffic

    Los Angeles officials will start testing a pilot program at the Hollywood Bowl in an effort to reduce traffic during show dates that begins Wednesday. Street closures around the concert venue will be also be enforced Aug. 5, Aug. 9 and Sept. 10 between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Vehicles will not be allowed on Camrose Drive at Highland Avenue and Milner Road at Highland Avenue. Residents in the area will be asked to enter their neighborhood from Franklin Avenue, […]