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

  Is there a drug problem in Richland and Lexington counties? New billboards offer ‘help’

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

USC to host economic forecast results for South Carolina

Dorn VA receives Christmas meal donations to help veterans

Columbia metro area ranked top 25 most dangerous, report says

‘We didn’t get here overnight’ meeting held to help youth turn away from 29203 crime

It’s Giving Tuesday, but beware of scammers

Man accused of kidnapping Heather Elvis will remain behind bars

Assistant principal in Richland County receives a top state honor

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

Experiencing homelessness through virtual reality in Richland County

South Carolinians go to California to help during wildfires

Samsung honors veterans in Newberry, Sen. Lindsey Graham guest speaker

Voters decide they want Sunday alcohol sales in Calhoun County

Why are you voting? We asked Midlands voters during this historic election

‘This is the busiest we’ve ever been,’ midterm voting continues to surge in two Midlands counties

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

Employees of Orangeburg County pet lodge speak after bullet holes discovered in business

What’s next? Midlands rabbis discuss security at synagogues

‘Education is significantly underfunded,’ statewide school bus driver shortage leads to problems