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

  BCSD re-entry task force meets to discuss new school year

  American Academy of Pediatrics encourages schools to reopen

  High bacteria levels found in Lowcountry waterways

  MUSC developing tests predicting severity of patients’ reaction to COVID-19

  New emergency transmissions detail response in downtown Charleston riot

  Disproportionate COVID-19 numbers for Lowcountry Hispanic community

  Doctors urging public to be safe as COVID-19 cases rise in South Carolina

  Alzheimer’s researchers fight delays caused by COVID-19

  City of Charleston passes resolution requiring people to wear masks in public places

  Counter protesters call for Calhoun statue to be taken down

  Charleston Fire Department holds annual remembrance ceremony for Charleston 9

  Charleston mayor calling for relocation of John C. Calhoun statue to local museum

  State lawmaker proposing police reform agenda

  Supreme Court ruling could protect thousands of LGBTQ workers in South Carolina

  Bowling alleys prepare to reopen after McMaster lifts restrictions

  Lowcountry lawyers hold rally in Charleston against racial injustice

  Charleston creates special committee to handle racial inequity

  New pledge asks local businesses to put health and safety first

  Peaceful protests continue in Downtown Charleston

  Youth leads Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Charleston

  Charleston prays for justice during times of unrest

  North Charleston creates committee to look at police department

  Charleston Co. Board of Elections hears residency challenge for two SC House District 109 candidates

  Air force medical personnel back home in Charleston after fighting pandemic in NY

  Parents in Berkeley County voice concerns after lottery system wait-listed 51 students

  Folly Beach businesses see boom on Memorial Day

  School districts looking to help students who have fallen behind on e-learning

  Restaurants see impacts from food delivery services during pandemic

  Charleston County School District to send out options for rezoning elementary schools

  “Keep It Moving” order becomes recommendation on Sullivan’s Island