Paul Rivera

Paul Rivera

Reporter/Weekend Anchor

Paul Rivera joined the WIS news team in October 2017 as a morning Anchor/Reporter. He is from southeast Louisiana and was born to parents who immigrated from Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland.

Before coming to South Carolina, Paul was in East Texas for just over two years as a reporter and then later an anchor/reporter at KLTV in Tyler. While there, his coverage included the April 29th Canton Tornadoes and the nationally televised case of missing child Kayla Gomez Orozco.

In 2016, Paul was given the opportunity to travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to help WAFB with coverage for the historic Baton Rouge Flood of 2016. 

Paul grew up in the town of Slidell just north of New Orleans and has a degree in Communication from Southeastern Louisiana University, where he worked as an Anchor/Reporter for the university's Emmy Award winning "Southeastern Channel."

In 2015, Paul was named the Student Broadcaster of the Year by the Louisiana Association of Broadcasters. He also obtained valuable experience from interning at TV stations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. 

Paul is excited to continue his career in South Carolina and explore the Palmetto State. In his spare time Paul is a musician, a New Orleans Saints fan (sorry Panthers fans!) and plays ultimate frisbee. 

Stop by Paul Rivera's Facebook, or Twitter Page to say hello, or send a story tip!

You can watch him weekday and weekend mornings. 

Recent Articles by Paul

Procession held for fallen Lexington County Firefighter

  ‘People united to pray, pray for my life’: Man speaks after being shot in armed robbery at Forest Acres church

Widow of veteran looking for late husband’s lost wedding ring

  Parents of Gamecocks QB hope special moment in Saturday’s game will raise awareness on mental health

See an animal locked in a hot car? In SC, you can’t do much about it

Minor earthquake reported near Irmo, but officials say a stronger one could happen in SC

Richland County beating back mosquitoes after West Nile is found

USC men’s basketball team helps homeowner with renovations

Reggaetronic Music Festival kicks off on Lake Murray for a good cause

‘Should not be 2,000 kids drunk, throwing up at 2 o’clock in the morning,’ new future for Five Points mapped out

‘We can only trust that God has a plan,’ family, friends speak of 2 men killed after I-20 crash

  ‘He was very lucky,’ 4-year-old Camden boy finds venomous Copperhead Snake in sandbox

Police arrest man connected to alleged arson of homes owned by SC governor

  ‘They killed him, and they watched him drown’: mother of Pelion High student wants authorities to look closer

  Pelion High student-athlete dies in drowning incident Sunday

We tried Uber’s new Five Points safety feature, it didn’t work

Family of 7-year-old killed in Newberry shooting paints different picture of suspect

  ‘Charlie didn’t deserve this’: Family speaks about homeless man found dead outside of SC restaurant

‘Usually people just jump in my car’ Lyft driver voices Five Points concerns

  ‘Thoughtless coward’ sought in brutal hit-and-run with soldier, mom, and infant in the back seat

Family, community remember 3-year-old hit and killed in Columbia

‘He had dreams, he had a future:’ Family of SC teen wants answers 3 months after his shooting death

Stop thieves from stealing your Christmas gifts! Tips to keep your presents safe

Pay to park at Columbiana Centre? One woman says those with disabilities were turned away

Officials urge South Carolinians to get vaccines as flu season is underway, takes lives of 6 already this year

Columbia metro area ranked top 25 most dangerous, report says

Former Camden High student to be honored for gift of life through organ donation

‘I hope they come forward’: Grieving mother asks for justice in shooting death of son, 1-year-old grandson

‘Something needs to change,’ video shows Saluda County students standing on a crowded bus

New numbers show more dying in SC crashes did not wear seatbelts