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

  Businesses see little change in revenue months after ‘Last Call’ order

  SC lawmakers advocate for hate crime bill as hate groups increase in state

Rising costs drive S.C. firefighters out of communities

Gov. McMaster proposes $48 million to expand full-day 4K program

  South Carolina lawmaker calls for ‘renter stimulus’ plan

  Bill to cover SC first responders under workers’ comp gets new life

  South Carolina seeing increased need for nurses amid shortage

Health department confirms tuberculosis exposure at Ft. Dorchester High School

Mental health program funding for SC first responders put on pause

S.C. advocacy organizations urge protections for people in long-term care facilities

SC Aquarium in need of donations to save critical programs

City of Charleston working with Hispanic community to improve relations

  Pawleys Island mayor under fire over controversial Facebook post

Community activists hold rally for victim assaulted outside W. Ashley sports pub

MUSC holds outpatient trials for possible COVID-19 antibody treatment

Lowcountry site will test COVID vaccine in clinical trials

  Spike in demand for COVID-19 tests could cause delays in results

City of Charleston passes resolution requiring people to wear masks in public places

Charleston mayor calling for relocation of John C. Calhoun statue to local museum

Bowling alleys prepare to reopen after McMaster lifts restrictions

School districts looking to help students who have fallen behind on e-learning

Restaurants see impacts from food delivery services during pandemic

SC school districts prepare for gradual return of teachers and staff

Deaf community pushes for better access during COVID-19 pandemic

Folly Beach will continue beach restrictions until May 6

Hospice workers continue care amid coronavirus pandemic

South Carolina agriculture industry deals with COVID-19 impacts

Charleston nursing grads to face front lines of pandemic

Charleston Police Department first in state to implement ‘Safe Place’ program

New SC bill would require domestic abusers to wear GPS monitors