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

Proposed cell tower in Mount Pleasant met with mixed reactions

Educators worry about DHEC guidance to let teachers back in classroom after COVID exposure

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

Charleston City Council passes additional COVID-19 protective measures

Disproportionate COVID-19 numbers for Lowcountry Hispanic community

City of Charleston passes resolution requiring people to wear masks in public places

Air force medical personnel back home in Charleston after fighting pandemic in NY

James Island considering car dealership and hotel, motel ban on Folly Road

Advocates push for bill that would give lawful immigrants more rights

Folly Beach working on drainage projects to mitigate flooding

Johns Island could see 72 new affordable housing units

New South Carolina fishing requirements could save fish population

Charleston-based group holds gentrification forum for city’s neck area


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