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

  Longtime employees among those who make the SC State Fair special

  History made by South Carolina man after joining American Legion Auxiliary

  Procession held for fallen Lexington County Firefighter

  ‘We have to do something to save our communities’: Roundtable discussion on shootings held in Sumter after recent homicides

  ‘People united to pray, pray for my life’: Man speaks after being shot in armed robbery at Forest Acres church

  Plan to fund more SROs in SC schools welcomed, but some agencies might struggle in hiring

  Tunnel to Towers remembers ultimate sacrifice by first responders and military

  Richland County deputies teach active shooter training to church group in Spanish

  Widow of veteran looking for late husband’s lost wedding ring

  Parents of Gamecocks QB hope special moment in Saturday’s game will raise awareness on mental health

  Gun violence discussion held at Forest Acres church after armed robbery, shooting

Ridge View High hosts annual event for former student Gabbiee Swainson

  Charleston residents cleaning up after Dorian thankful storm damage not worse

  ‘We can go through it together’: Different cultures unite after Forest Acres church shooting

  Ahead of Hurricane Dorian, Newberry County sheriff warns about tree damage

  ‘For JT’: Cyclists in Richland County ride again in memory of friend killed one year ago

  Columbia ordinances on guns, hate crimes pass first vote

  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