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

  Drainage problems turn Cayce yards into a swamp

  SC gun distributor forced into bankruptcy after mishandling of funds

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

Music Therapy Workshop held in Blythewood to help veterans

  Columbia & Mt. Pleasant to hold D-Day commemoration events

Irmo councilman wants police to create action plan on car break-ins

  Fire at West Columbia apartment complex being ‘treated as suspicious,’ deputy fire chief says

No sign of foul play in Killian Lakes apartment fire, officials say

  Residents worry about arson after Lexington County home fires, Fire Chief wants to quell fears

  Hundreds attend Memorial Day Ceremony at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery

  ‘God forgive me when I complain,’ Gold Star Mother speaks about our problems vs. the ultimate sacrifice

  Columbia church hits milestone of helping those with mobility challenges

  Summer break may lead to juvenile crimes, do you know what your kids are doing?

  String of break-ins at Columbia business leaves owners vigilant

  Columbia Housing Authority announces name of interim executive director

  Piles of trash pulled from Lake Murray in annual cleanup

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

  After more deadly shootings in Richland County, how do families heal?

  Annual event brings letter carriers and the public together to end hunger

  ‘That’s my livelihood,’ Richland County deputies investigate after expensive equipment stolen

  ‘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

  What can you do? Parents wrestle with finding childcare while trying to understand reasons for teacher rally

  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

  ‘All I heard was roaring,’ residents near Manning thankful to be alive after possible tornado

  Columbia councilman, CPD chief to hold public meeting on Five Points safety

  Lexington County ranks 3rd in 2018 pedestrian deaths, residents not surprised

  Love, Peace and Hip Hop Festival sees big crowds in its last day

  Dogs walk through Saluda Shoals to raise funds for homeless pets