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

  Georgetown County files lawsuit against big pharmaceutical companies

  School board decides attendance lines for new Charleston County high school

  Activist hands out gun locks in neighborhood where 6-year-old was killed

  Woman claims bumper stickers were ripped off vehicle in parking lot

  Groups hold vigil demanding action to end gun violence

  Incident at Daycare under DSS investigation, mother claims daughter was sexually assaulted

  Mother charged for leaving child in car while she worked strikes sympathetic chord with other moms

  James Island Park closing for repairs, ahead of hurricane season

  Charleston County working to preserve historical documents dating back 300 years

  Family hopes CCSD will review policy after child gets picked up by stranger

  Residents concerned after Berkeley-Dorchester boundary line shift

SCDNR investigating after shark-branding photos are posted online

  North Charleston Community Calls for End to Violence after another teen death

  Mount Pleasant community divided over new high school attendance line debate

  Man rejected by Charleston Rifle Club speaks out at race-based event

  Main Road improvement project aims to alleviate traffic

  Loved ones push for safer conditions after cyclist’s death

  Mount Pleasant residents say tree trimmings are leaving trees ‘butchered’

  Goose Creek wants to change the process of training police

  North Charleston business owner looking for man who robbed her store

  Offer to purchase former Naval Hospital spurs debate by Charleston County Council members

  Parents concerned about rezoning plans for new Mt. Pleasant high school

  Charleston County agrees to lease library to town of James Island

  Charleston County’s proposed sewer connections could impact homeowners

  N. Charleston to launch push to reduce violence

  Bishop England HS employee apologizes for reported video of male students changing

  Student warns others after scary encounter in SC high school parking lot

  Berkeley County teachers expressed disappointment with district at school board meeting

  Residents call for fix to intersection following two serious accidents

  North Charleston community marches against violence