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 city councilman pushes for plan to help small businesses

  South Carolina agriculture industry deals with COVID-19 impacts

  Charleston nursing grads to face front lines of pandemic

  Lowcountry physical therapy practice minimizes contact during COVID-19 crisis

  SC lawmaker pushes effort to cover first responders under workers’ comp

  Mental health counselors urge governor to expand SC Medicaid coverage

  Hospitality group launches campaign to feed laid-off workers

  Mount Pleasant temporarily suspends ordinances to help businesses amid COVID-19

  Advocates say lack of resources leaves homeless vulnerable

  Isle of Palms suspends check-ins for short-term rentals, extends restrictions

  Some Lowcountry salons keeping doors open as long as they can

  City of Charleston limits social gathering to 10 people or less

  Mt. Pleasant mayor asking folks to stay home after restricting gatherings

  City of Charleston provides clarity on ordinance restricting gatherings; churches react

  Charleston restaurants adjusting the best they can to new regulations

  Berkeley County School District working on plan to compensate employees

  Lowcountry shoppers getting prepared for coronavirus by buying in bulk

  Lowcountry hardware stores running out of masks amid coronavirus

Emergency crews respond to house fire in Ladson

  Lowcountry gyms taking precautions against coronavirus

  Berkeley Co. School District could spend $2.1 million on new school in Carnes Crossroads

  James Island considering car dealership and hotel, motel ban on Folly Road

  New food truck safety requirements receive push back from vendors

  Charleston Co. public safety agencies looking to build a joint training facility

  Williamsburg Co. transit system misuses money and county assets, audit reveals

  CCSD could still put more buses on James Island despite rejected plans for bus lot

  Mt. Pleasant could pay $2.2 million extra for proposed football stadium

  Democratic presidential candidates take the stage during second CNN town hall

  CNN holds town hall in Charleston featuring three Democratic presidential candidates

  City of Charleston asking SC legislators to oppose “small cell” bill