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

  SC bill would allow nurse graduates to help hospitals before being licensed

  Charleston police working on improvements suggested in racial bias audit

  South Carolina Hate Crime bill one step closer to law

  Community weighs in on North Charleston racial bias audit

Residents continue push for noise reduction in neighborhood bordering I-26

  N. Charleston nonprofit hopes to provide affordable housing, homeless shelter

  Clean up process still underway on Savannah Highway nearly three years after oil leak

  Survey reveals SC Nonprofits still in need of help

  Army Corps of Engineers ask for public input on storm surge study

  SC bill could stop permits for oyster summer harvest

  Hospitals and clinics prepare as COVID-19 vaccine opens to 16 and up

  SC bill aims to prevent plastic pellets in local waterways

  Intersection debate renews on James Island

  Lowcountry’s first charter school for kids with dyslexia set to open fall 2021

Charleston County School Board approves pay increase for teachers and staff

  Doctor says threat of COVID-19 isn’t over, after spike in cases at schools

  Sullivan’s Island moves forward with adjusted plan for maritime forest

  Charleston businesses prepare for St. Patrick’s Day

  Charleston may raise fees for developers to create more affordable housing

  Charleston City Council extends mask ordinance to April 14

  N. Charleston High School has new plan for student success

  Charleston County EMS hopes to expand to improve service

  Charleston County’s revised Hwy 41 plan lessens impact to Phillips Community

  Dorchester County sees rising need for affordable housing

  Constituent board gets updates on new Johns Island elementary school

  Businesses prepare for late nights as ‘Last Call’ order lifted

  CCSD program works to catch up English language learners and their families

  Calls for inclusion and accessibility for SC’s blind community

  New study finds rising costs of flood damage to SC homes

  Charleston Co. school board approves 2021-2022 academic calendar; virtual option to be offered