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

  Georgetown residents and buiness owners put Christmas lights on Front Street

  CCSD looking at new location for school in Awendaw

  Interim Sheriff Carter Weaver wins Georgetown Co. Sheriff’s GOP Primary

  Johns Island may see over 200 new apartments on Maybank Highway

  Shoppers come out Thanksgiving night for early Black Friday deals

  Dorchester County gets congressional support to revisit flood study

  DHEC: Charleston County had highest Salmonella cases in SC in 2018

  Local lawmaker pre-files bill for better drinking water regulations

  Berkeley County residents meet with SCDOT to address traffic concerns

  CCSD parents say they need all hands on deck to keep elementary school open

  Survey finds health disparities for LGBTQ southerners

  Lawmaker proposes new improvements for James Island Intersection

  FBI report shows reported hate crimes increase in South Carolina in 2018

  Residents concerned over possible 170-foot cell tower at Moultrie Middle School

  Police: 2 charged after Stall High School fight hospitalizes pregnant teen

  Three Lowcountry hospitals receive “A” grade in newly released hospital safety ratings

  CCSD plans to build bus lot on James Island, receives backlash from neighbors

  Williamsburg County Council passes ordinance to fix budget deficit

  Johns Island could see 72 new affordable housing units

  Photo posted on social media sparks outrage with West Ashley High School students, parents

  DHEC public hearing for private docks receive opposition from James Island residents

  North Charleston veteran’s eviction spurs outrage from local lawmaker

  James Island Town councilmember expedites effort for speed limit signs on the island

  Service held at Emanuel AME celebrating International African American Museum groundbreaking ceremony

  Georgetown NAACP calls county’s administrator search process unfair

  Charleston looking to preserve hidden history with new archaeology ordinance

  Man gets inside Charleston County middle school, interacts with child

  James Island proposed development gets more time to meet requirements

  Sullivan’s Island seeking to update land management plan

  Charleston Co. council chairman hopes to protect Wadmalaw Island from overdevelopment