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

  Advocacy groups renew push to reform civil asset forfeiture law

  ‘We can breathe:’ Biden immigration plans could affect SC immigrants

  DD2 school board looks at changes to instructional model in workshop

  Rising costs drive S.C. firefighters out of communities

  DHEC agrees to update pollution permits for three coal plants affecting waterways

  MUSC faculties urging minority communities to take COVID-19 vaccine

  Charleston drafts new ‘code of conduct’ for city council members

  Charleston criminal justice leaders discuss COVID-19 impacts on system

  Charleston Co. school leaders share vaccine plans, consider COVID notification changes

  Gov. McMaster proposes $48 million to expand full-day 4K program

  Former SC U.S. Attorney explains possible charges for crimes on Capitol Hill

  Charleston restaurants partner with MUSC to offer free COVID-19 tests

  SC political leaders react to chaos in Washington

  Statewide birth control access program looks for funds to keep it running

  Dorchester District 2 looks to fill gaps left by fewer substitutes teachers working

  South Carolina lawmaker calls for ‘renter stimulus’ plan

  South Carolina lawmaker pushes bill to support Black farmers

  Bill to cover SC first responders under workers’ comp gets new life

  Learning pods aim to help students during COVID-19 pandemic

  Charleston restaurant pleads with county to extend outdoor dining space agreement

  Charleston City Council to look at code of conduct in new year

  Dorchester Dist. 2 students to return to virtual learning as COVID-19 cases rise

  South Carolina seeing increased need for nurses amid shortage

  DD2 school board listens to data before considering changes to hybrid model

  SC Supreme Court cancels grand jury selections amid rising COVID-19 cases

  North Charleston High School’s new discipline plan aims to reduce suspensions

  Health department confirms tuberculosis exposure at Ft. Dorchester High School

  Project underway to fix one of West Ashley’s most flood-prone areas

  Three COVID-19 mobile vaccination shelters coming to the Lowcountry

  Charleston homeowners may see tax increase if budget proposal passes