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Christi Paul

“What’s Now” Anchor on WKYC-TV in Cleveland


After nearly 20 years at CNN and HLN, Christi Paul decided it was time to come home to Ohio. Now, you’ll find her every evening anchoring the “What’s Now” 5pm newscast for NBC affiliate WKYC-TV in Cleveland. Previously, Christi spent her weekend mornings anchoring CNN New Day Weekends as well as anchoring/reporting on HLN during the week. Read More >

She’s covered the 2020 and 2016 Presidential Elections, the 2016 Republican National Convention, and President Obama’s 2nd Inauguration in Washington, DC. She was on the news desk walking viewers through the first 5 hours of the Newtown, CT school shootings as well as mass shootings at Virginia Tech, Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and the Uvalde, TX school shooting. She secured an exclusive interview with then-Vice-President Joe Biden, talking about his motivation to combat domestic violence as well as addressing issues with Obamacare.

She anchored extensive coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Russian war on Ukraine, the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, hurricanes, several presidential elections and court cases such as the Casey Anthony, Bill Cosby, Warren Jeffs and Drew Peterson trials. She’s a wife and mother of 3 daughters and as such, has a passion for helping children and teens. She served on the Advisory Board for Robin McGraw’s “When Georgia Smiled” foundation which helps victims of domestic violence and assault find healing, safety and joy. She also served on the National Advisory Council for the One Love Foundation in honor of Yeardley Love, the University of VA Lacrosse player beaten to death by her boyfriend, and is involved with Girl Talk Inc, an organization where high school girls mentor middle school girls to help build self-esteem and combat bullying.

Tired of simply having to tell viewers news stories about children who are missing, Christi went to work, founding “Find Our Children”…a partnership with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington, DC. HLN featured a segment about a missing child, asking viewers to help find them and 35 of the children they profiled have been brought home safe and sound.

In 2012 NCMEC honored Christi with their prestigious Hope Award…an award she shares with past winners such as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, then-Senator Joe Biden and actor Ben Affleck.

Christi’s also an author. Her book Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt, in which she speaks about overcoming verbal and emotional abuse, immediately hit Amazon’s top 20 and she recorded two songs in Nashville that coincide with the book. “Wake Up In It” and “Free” can both be found on iTunes. Christi’s no stranger to singing as she’s sung onstage with Grammy winners Richard Marx and David Foster as well as singing the National Anthem for MLB and NBA games for The Atlanta Braves, The Arizona Diamondbacks, the Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavs among others.

Prior to joining HLN in 2003, Christi was an anchor, consumer reporter and weathercaster in Phoenix. First at KNXV, then at CNN affiliate KTVK where she created a segment with the Arizona Humane Society. The weekly segment helped hundreds of abandoned animals find new homes with families in the valley.

Before moving to Phoenix, Christi was an anchor/reporter for NBC affiliate KTVB in Boise, ID where the Idaho Press Club honored her for her series of stories about Julianne Prudhomme, a 4-year old girl who underwent a 5-organ transplant.

Christi began her career as a one-man band (anchor/reporter/photographer) in Clarksburg, WV at CBS Affiliate WDTV.

A graduate of the University of Toledo, the Department of Communications has named her an “Outstanding Alumni”. You can call her “Dr. Paul” by the way, as she was awarded an honorary doctorate when she gave the commencement speech for the University. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Christi Paul Discussing 'Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt' on Dr. Drew

My Faith was a Big Part of my Survival

You Were not Born to be Abused

Speech Topics

Love Isn’t Supposed to Hurt