Paul Rivera

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

  ‘Cleanup Monticello Road in a new way’: CIU buys Richland Co. properties to stop crime, grow business

‘Repack the Backpack’ event aims to serve hundreds

Historical marker unveiled in Batesburg-Leesville details moment that launched racial change

‘You could never tell that she was going through anything’ family of victim speaks after murder-suicide in Irmo

Coroner ID’s pair found in Irmo home, rules deaths a murder-suicide

‘We need your help:' A massive donation push for Allen Benedict residents displaced after fatal gas leak

Jewish and Southern food collide at Columbia event

Annual Black History Parade makes its way through Columbia

City of Columbia councilman and others help Allen Benedict residents

Blue Granite Water customers frustrated about potential sewage increase

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

Boxes of fruit donated to Allen Benedict Court Residents

Student organizes screening of movie that aims to start conversation on race relations

‘We really need to bring those collision numbers down:’ officers tackle increase in Lexington County crashes

‘I want to be prepared, but I’m praying this never happens,’ school trains with kits to stop bleeding

Nonprofit helps Midlands residents with home repairs

Man who was charged with murder while out on bond appears in court

New Year, same old Columbia train problem, is there a fix soon?

Annual Three Kings Day Celebration brings community and cultures together

‘Hundreds of years in the making’: WIS dives into what some say is really behind 29203 crime