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

North Charleston community pushes to revitalize boat landing

  Neighborhoods push for underground powerlines; Dominion Energy explains pros and cons

  Dorchester District 2 parent concerned about school buses without A/C

  James Island residents on edge after disturbing crime video surfaces

  Johns Island residents calling on end to fill-and-build developments

STJFD launches new emergency medical squad for faster response times

  State senator calls for action after 7200 gallons of sewage spills into James Island Creek

  Berkeley Co. councilmembers working to clean waterway that causes homes to flood

  Charleston city leaders address Eastside community after deadly violence

Lawsuit claims Berkeley County Airport is responsible for flooding in Moncks Corner neighborhood

  North Charleston police holds annual National Night Out event

  Charleston community holds vigil to honor El Paso, Dayton mass shooting victims

  Colleton County School District budget increasing taxes for residents

  Neighbors call for change at busy James Island intersection after recent accidents

  Plan for safer crossing for cyclists on Highway 61 hits snag

  DD2 launches app that tracks school buses after complaints

  New program offers paramedics for Mount Pleasant police K-9s

  Parents concerned after possible plans to merge schools

  Former paramedic hopeful as Senate approves 9/11 compensation bill

  LGBTQ+ community holds vigil for transgender woman killed in North Charleston

  Environmental experts concerned after plastic pellets wash up on Sullivan’s Island

  Lowcountry immigrant community concerned after national ICE raid announcement

  Group holds discussion about gentrification concerns in Charleston

  Community pushing for bigger budget in Dorchester District 2

Lowcountry protest held to stop ICE detention camps

  Isle of Palms officials consider camera at Breach Inlet to deter swimming

  West Ashley Revitalization Commission Discusses future of Northbridge Piggly Wiggly

  Teacher claims Facebook posts on abortion led to her firing from Catholic school

  A dozen cars vandalized in Charleston neighborhood

  Williamsburg County department under investigation over employee pay