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

  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

  James Island neighborhood worried after wild dogs kill pets

  Candidate for SC County sheriff addresses ‘blackface’ photo in campaign video

  Charleston city councilman wants to stop fill-and-build development

  Local group works to preserve Johns Island land for nature park

  Charleston making changes after community raises concern about dark road leading to school

  Mother takes child out of school after student pushes him off stopped school bus

  Colleton County School District working to improve areas in SC school report card

  Community finds Charleston police racial bias preliminary report unsurprising

  Community voices solutions in response to recent shootings on Charleston’s eastside

  Safety plan could remove hundreds of trees on Highway 61

  Community concerned over potential CCSD plan to move students to new schools

  New South Carolina fishing requirements could save fish population

  Charleston-based group holds gentrification forum for city’s neck area

  District 20 parents say they want ‘transparency’ from CCSD during community forum

  Summerville mayoral candidates participate in first forum

  James Island church rebuilding after hurricane rips part of roof off

  Local groups host domestic violence awareness program

  North Charleston police, fire honor 9/11 victims with Day of Remembrance

  City officials one step closer to limiting hotels in downtown Charleston

  Charleston County locals prepare to evacuate as Dorian nears

  Folly Beach prepares for Hurricane Dorian

  Charleston business owners concerned after repeated harassment by aggressive homeless individuals

  Parents claim Berkeley County school buses are overcrowded and late

  Berkeley County School District approves contract for employee drug testing

  James Island Public Service District considering building new $4 million facility