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
  • Former Vice President and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden eats at a King Taco restaurant with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on May 8, 2019. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    L.A. Mayor Garcetti Endorses Joe Biden for President

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is endorsing Joe Biden, the Biden campaign announced on Thursday. In a statement, Garcetti described Biden as a “a close personal friend” who “has been an incredible partner in delivering progress for L.A.” “He came to L.A. and stood shoulder to shoulder with me to make us the first big city to enact a $15 minimum wage, and he brought leaders from all over the world to our city to forge the most sweeping climate […]

  • An arrangement of UK daily newspapers photographed as an illustration in London on January 9, 2020, shows front page headlines reporting on the news that Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, plan to step back as "senior" members of the Royal Family. (Credit: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

    UK Royals Scramble to Contain Fallout From Harry and Meghan’s ‘Step Back’ Announcement

    The relationship between Britain’s royals and the media is awkward, mistrustful — and seemingly inescapable. But now Meghan and Harry want out. After years of growing tension with the press, the prince and his wife have announced plans to quit their senior royal duties, move part-time to North America, seek financial independence and withdraw from regular media scrutiny. The couple — who have complained of intrusive media coverage and accused some British media commentators of racism — slammed the country’s […]

  • Authorities investigate a deadly hit-and-run crash in Claremont on Jan. 8, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pedestrian Killed in Claremont Hit-and-Run; Driver Sought

    Authorities are searching for a driver who struck a pedestrian in Claremont and then left the victim to die in the street Wednesday morning. The body was discovered about 2:30 a.m. by firefighters traveling in the 1600 block of North Towne Avenue near Foothill Boulevard, according to a spokesperson for the Claremont Police Department. “We have no idea how long he had been in the street,” the spokesperson said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified […]

  • Aerial photo of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virgina on September 26, 2003. (Credit: Andy Dunaway/USAF via Getty Images)

    U.S. Forces in Middle East Placed on High Alert for Possible Iranian Drone Attacks

    US forces and air-defense missile batteries across the Middle East were placed on high alert overnight Monday to possibly shoot down Iranian drones as intelligence mounted about a threat of an imminent attack against US targets, two US officials tell CNN. The alert reflects the heightened tensions between the US and Iran in the wake of last week’s US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani. US officials have claimed the strike against the general was carried […]

  • Official respond to a shooting in Pomona on Jan. 4, 2020. (Credit:

    Mother and Son Shot During Robbery in Pomona

    A woman and her adult son were shot during a robbery in Pomona late Friday, police said. The crime took place about 9:50 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 800 block of Buena Vista Avenue, according to Pomona Police Department Sgt. Iain Miller. “As the female was being robbed by the unknown suspects, the son attempted to intervene,” the sergeant said in a written statement. “One suspect produced a handgun and shot, striking both the mother and son.” The […]

  • A tree landed on top of two vehicles in Santa Ana on Dec. 31, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Powerful Winds Pummel SoCal, Downing Trees and Causing Damage: ‘Felt Like an Earthquake’

    Gusty Santa Ana winds wreaked havoc on Southern California overnight and will continue to be a threat for much of the day Tuesday. Wind advisories will remain in place until 3 p.m. for Los Angeles and Ventura counties, where 40 to 50 mph winds are blowing through the coastal and valley areas with isolated gusts up to 65 mph in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service. The strongest winds arrived overnight and continued into Tuesday morning. Strong and […]

  • It’s crunch time for the volunteers helping prepare the floats that will appear in the Rose Parade. Lauren Lyster reports from Irwindale for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Dec. 28, 2019.

    Rose Parade Preparations Underway in Irwindale

    It’s crunch time for the volunteers helping prepare the floats that will appear in the Rose Parade. Lauren Lyster reports from Irwindale for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Dec. 28, 2019.

  • Traffic outside Los Angeles International Airport is seen in this undated photo. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    Holiday Travelers Head to LAX on Christmas Eve

    Holiday travelers are making their way through Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday in a last-minute dash before Christmas. Lauren Lyster reports form LAX for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Dec. 24, 2019.

  • A man looks over the area where his brother was found fatally shot in East Hollywood on Dec. 21, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Father of 5 Found Fatally Shot on Sidewalk Near Melrose Avenue in East Hollywood

    An investigation is underway after a man was found fatally shot on a sidewalk in East Hollywood early Saturday, officials said. Officers responded to the scene around 12:20 a.m. after passersby came across a person down in the 800 block of North Mariposa Avenue, near Melrose and Normandie avenues, and called authorities, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police arrived to find a man with a gunshot wound, LAPD said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials described […]

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