Sheree Paolello co-anchors WLWT News 5’s evening news with Sandra Ali.

A Tristate native, Paolello graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in radio and television, then accepted her first on-air reporting gig in South Bend, Ind. Since then, she has worked at stations in Charlotte, N.C., and Dayton.

Most of Paolello’s family lives on the West Side. When Paolello received a call from WLWT in 2002 offering her a reporting position, she says she eagerly accepted the chance to move home.

Paolello knew she wanted to be a reporter as soon as she stepped into a newsroom and saw the excitement of uncovering stories and doing something different every day. Her favorite part of the job is being part of the community and meeting new people. Through her work, Paolello says she also hopes to change the public’s perception of reporters — to let people know it is possible for reporters to give the facts fairly.

Paolello recounts her proudest professional moment during the days immediately following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, when her station sent her to Ground Zero for a weeklong stint of live reports. While it was the most challenging job she’s ever faced as a reporter, Paolello says it was also the most meaningful work of her career. She realized then the importance of her job.

Paolello and her husband welcomed their first child, a son, in February 2004, and her family also includes three dogs. She likes sports and jogs regularly but spends the majority of her time with family and friends.