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

  Columbia City Council to vote on gun and hate crime ordinances

  Irmo Councilman officially announces bid for town mayor

  16 killed in Columbia this year, 4 unsolved cases, families hope for answers

  Six months later, is anything being built on Monticello Road near I-20?

  ‘Gun crime remains our greatest threat’: Columbia police say work needs to be done after spike in violent crime

  ‘These events are so commonplace’: Midlands officials urge ‘stop the bleed’ training for citizens

  ‘School Prayer Zone’ signs part of prayer rally at the Statehouse

  Bigger skyline, more business? New tax break plan increases hope for big investment in and around Columbia

  ‘Not enough resources,’ Shandon Community meeting turns from crime to police staffing

  ‘I have to live long enough,’ veteran and Elgin Lights founder battles cancer while raising money for children’s camp

  Columbia community members rally against gun violence

  ‘We’re not being given the proper direction’: CBD store employees want answers after AG opinion

  ‘Good-hearted person’: Friend describes woman recovered from Lake Wateree

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

  Columbia cybersecurity team to compete on national stage

  ‘He left all his blood, sweat and tears on that interstate:’ Highway named after former Clarendon County Sheriff

  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

  Columbia City Council exploring ordinance that would let police temporarily seize guns

  USC men’s basketball team helps homeowner with renovations

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

  No more plastic? Richland County Council moves closer to bag ban

  City of Columbia moves toward banning criminal and wage history questions on their job applications

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

  ‘She’ll always live in our hearts,’ London Harrell’s immediate family speaks of change after her death

Pro-Life rally against abortion held outside of Planned Parenthood forum

  Early morning storms leave damage across the Midlands

  Columbia City Council discusses future of prominent properties

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

  Drainage problems turn Cayce yards into a swamp