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

McMaster requests end to federal pandemic unemployment benefit programs

SC bill could stop permits for oyster summer harvest

SCDOT announces new directive to create safer roads for everyone

South Carolina teachers pushing for COVID-19 vaccine priority

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

SC political leaders react to chaos in Washington

South Carolina lawmaker calls for ‘renter stimulus’ plan

South Carolina lawmaker pushes bill to support Black farmers

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

SC Aquarium in need of donations to save critical programs

S.C. firefighter cancer bill one step closer to becoming law

Senate to consider teacher raises in state budget

Lowcountry farm looks to future after COVID impacts

Downtown Charleston escapes major flooding from Isaias

Lowcountry site will test COVID vaccine in clinical trials

Youth leads Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Charleston

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

Hampton Co. church, community come together to help victims from deadly storms

SC lawmaker pushes effort to cover first responders under workers’ comp

Mental health counselors urge governor to expand SC Medicaid coverage

Colleton County School superintendent resigns

Advocates push for bill that would give lawful immigrants more rights

Senate bill could add five extra work days for teachers

FBI report shows reported hate crimes increase in South Carolina in 2018

New South Carolina fishing requirements could save fish population

Colleton County School District budget increasing taxes for residents

Teacher claims Facebook posts on abortion led to her firing from Catholic school

Colleton County School Board approves measures to upgrade security in schools

  Student warns others after scary encounter in SC high school parking lot

Colleton County community speaking out following death of 10-year-old girl