Christi Paul is a 3News anchor on WKYC’s new 5pm broadcast called What’s Now.
She returned home to Northeast Ohio after 20 years spent at CNN. During her tenure there, she anchored programs on HLN, with appearances on Morning Express with Robin Meade. She was also the weekend anchor for CNN's New Day for nine years. She covered the GOP Convention in 2016 in Cleveland, President Obama’s 2nd Inauguration in Washington, DC, was on the news desk walking viewers through the first 5 hours of the Newtown, CT school shootings and the Virginia Tech shooting. She anchored extensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy, several presidential elections and court cases such as the Casey Anthony, Warren Jeffs, Drew Peterson and Dr. Conrad Murray trials. And she secured an exclusive interview with Vice President Joe Biden, talking about his motivation to combat domestic violence as well as addressing the issues with Obamacare.
Christi is a wife and mother of three 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 took action to help, 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 to date, 35 of the children they’ve 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 is 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. Christi also recorded two songs in Nashville that coincide with the book. “Wake Up In It” and “Free” can both be found on iTunes. Christi is no stranger to singing, having performed 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 Guardians and Cleveland Cavs among others.
Prior to joining HLN in 2003, Christi was an anchor, consumer reporter and weathercaster in Phoenix. She started first at KNXV, then at CNN affiliate KTVK, where she created a segment with the Arizona Humane Society which helped hundreds of abandoned animals find new homes with families in the valley. Before moving to Phoenix, Christi was an anchor/reporter for 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 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.
Christi is a native of Bellevue, Ohio.