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

New study finds rising costs of flood damage to SC homes

SCDOT announces new directive to create safer roads for everyone

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

South Carolina teachers pushing for COVID-19 vaccine priority

Advocacy groups renew push to reform civil asset forfeiture law

‘We can breathe:’ Biden immigration plans could affect SC immigrants

Rising costs drive S.C. firefighters out of communities

DHEC agrees to update pollution permits for three coal plants affecting waterways

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

Former SC U.S. Attorney explains possible charges for crimes on Capitol Hill

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

SC Supreme Court cancels grand jury selections amid rising COVID-19 cases

Georgetown County School District sticking with hybrid model

Mental health program funding for SC first responders put on pause

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

Family still seeking answers in 18-year-old’s death; waiting for SLED results

SC Aquarium in need of donations to save critical programs

Lawmaker holds town hall on evictions as thousands may be filed in 2021

SC Election Commission works to update electronic poll books

State grant program could give relief to minority businesses hit by COVID-19

Pawleys Island mayor under fire over controversial Facebook post

SC disability rights group shares concerns over reopening schools

Disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on black residents in all regions of SC, new data shows

New emergency transmissions detail response in downtown Charleston riot

Alzheimer’s researchers fight delays caused by COVID-19

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

SC Lawmakers working to abolish “Citizen’s Arrest” law