Paola Tristan Arruda

Paola Tristan Arruda


Charleston, SC

Paola joined the Live 5 News team in September 2018.

Professional Experience:

During my four years of college I filmed, edited, reported, and anchored for a variety on news shows. I was a reporter for WEBN-TV at my college for both the English and Spanish shows. I was also a production assistant at WHDH-TV in Boston, before moving to Charleston.


My first hometown will always be Belo Horizonte, a city in Brazil where I was born. Boston is my second home, where I was raised for a majority of my life.


I received a B.S. in Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast from Emerson College in Boston, MA.


My family is quite large, but back in Boston I have my mother, stepfather, brother, and grandparents all watching Live 5 News online!

Hobbies & Interests:

When i’m not reporting, I’m probably going out with friends or going to the movies. I absolutely love trying new and exciting things, and visiting places I’ve never been to before. I’ve also danced all my life, since I was 3 years old, so dance is huge passion of mine.

Favorite Books/Music:

I don’t have a favorite book, but at the moment i’m really into motivational books that get you in touch with yourself! Self-care is so important! Also anything hip-hop, I’m in.

Like Best About the Lowcountry:

All the delicious food and the beautiful weather!

Most Interesting Assignment:

In College, I had to do a mini documentary in Cuba, and ended up speaking to families about life in Havana. It ended up being one of my most eye-opening and rewarding experiences. I learned so much about the culture and the people while doing journalism and that story ended up winning an award! It was truly a wonderful experience for me.

Recent Articles by Paola

  Form to opt out of in-person instruction causes concerns in Colleton County

  ‘Give us a choice:’ Dorchester District 2 parents protest for in-person instruction

  Environmental groups team up to demand new septic tank revisions

  SC Election Commission works to update electronic poll books

  S.C. firefighter cancer bill one step closer to becoming law

  Isle of Palms to permanently get rid of parking spaces

  CCSD welcomes back thousands of students in-person

  City of Charleston working with Hispanic community to improve relations

  State grant program could give relief to minority businesses hit by COVID-19

  North Charleston police details training process for mental health calls

  Dorchester District 2 sticks with plan to start hybrid model next week

  Sullivan’s Island businesses are saying “No” to paid parking

  Students experience bus delays as bus drivers adjust to new routes

  Senate to consider teacher raises in state budget

  Charleston city councilman wants public input over response to May riots

  Huger community comes together after historic church is destroyed in flames

  Vegetation management on James Island causes concerns for residents

  Huger residents voice concerns during public meeting for sand mine expansion

  ‘Light the Way for Hope’ event remembers overdose victims

  Community leaders hold march in Waylyn Park in North Charleston

  Lowcountry disability service provider faces challenges due to pandemic

  Pawleys Island mayor under fire over controversial Facebook post

  Charleston Co. School District set to release MUSC playbook for back-to-school safety

  Lowcountry farmer shares concerns after mail-order chicks arrive dead

  Lowcountry farm looks to future after COVID impacts

  Educators worry about DHEC guidance to let teachers back in classroom after COVID exposure

  James Island town council to consider underground powerlines

  Sullivan’s Island residents urge town to protect Maritime forest

  Colleton County parents still looking for answers as school year approaches

  Community activists hold rally for victim assaulted outside W. Ashley sports pub