Paula Vasan is a senior investigative reporter at 5 On Your Side in St. Louis, Missouri.
Paula came to 5 On Your Side in March 2022 from sister-station WHAS11 in Louisville, Kentucky, where she worked as an investigative reporter for three years. She was drawn to investigative reporting because she enjoys building relationships with people.
“I enjoy cultivating relationships with people and making sense of data to reveal systemic problems in our community, with an eye toward solutions,” said Paula.
Throughout her career, Paula has investigated many high-profile stories, including the death of Breonna Taylor, reliability of the U.S. Postal Service, vaping in schools, and violence against health care workers, which earned her the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Kentucky Nurses Association.
In 2021, Paula earned two Ohio Valley Emmy Awards for investigative and consumer reporting and was nominated in two other categories. The previous year she was awarded by the National Press Photographers Association for her investigative reporting on LGBTQ discrimination.
Paula made the move to St. Louis with her family because she loves St. Louis and the community.
Before WHAS11, Paula worked as a multimedia reporter at News 12 Networks in New York City; hosted Buzz60 videos for Zazoom Media Group; worked as a business reporter; and was a freelance reporter for various publications, such as The Boston Globe, The Atlantic, CNBC, CNET and The Huffington Post.
Paula is a graduate of University of Maryland where she earned a degree in Journalism and Politics.