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

  Dominion Energy suspends plan to cut trees on Sullivan’s Island

  CCSD School board member wants better safety measures after gun found at school

  Charleston Co. 911 using 3rd-party services to break through language barriers

  SC for ED calls for action after Senate moves education bill forward as top priority

  North Charleston neighborhood in fear after attempted kidnapping of 7-year-old girl

  Advocates push for bill that would give lawful immigrants more rights

  Family holds prayer vigil for S.C. man killed in Florida

  Folly Beach working on drainage projects to mitigate flooding

  DD2 proposes changing attendance lines to relieve overcrowding

  DD2 Board of Trustees to discuss overcrowding in schools

  Arrests on Charleston’s eastside sends message to drug dealers

  Regal Theatre could be replaced with 300 apartment units

  Summerville welcomes new mayor and swears in council members

  Restaurant uses eco-friendly products ahead of plastic bag ban

  Summerville family concerned after pit bull attacks dog

  James Island neighborhood looking for solutions to drainage problems

  Family holds vigil, seeking answers in 16-year-old’s suspicious death

  North Charleston police ask community’s help to solve four murders

  Senate bill could add five extra work days for teachers

Lowcountry veterans hold Wreaths Across America ceremony

  Dorchester County working with FEMA to demolish homes near Eagle Creek

  Bluffton community holds vigil for 5-year-old killed in accident at Christmas parade

  Groups pack feminine hygiene products as bill to remove tax gains support

  CCSD voluntarily testing for lead in schools’ drinking water

  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