Paula Coleman

Substitute/Part-Time News Host

Paula listened to radio each morning during breakfast when she was a child; and one day, at about the age of eight, she remembers pointing to the radio and announcing “I want to do that!” She’s now been “doing that” for the better part of 30 years. Her broadcasting career began in 1982 at WUVT, the student-run station at Virginia Tech. After graduating from Tech in ‘85 with a B.A. in communications and a B.S. in sociology, Paula spent the next several years working in Top 40 and Rock radio. In 1993, she and her husband, Rob, moved to Las Vegas, Nev. A few months later, she was hired as the local host of NPR’s Morning Edition at Nevada Public Radio’s KNPR. She held the morning shift for over 16 years, and was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2010. Later that year, a job change for her husband led to a move to Knoxville; and in the fall of 2011, she was hired as a substitute announcer at WUOT.

Paula and Rob have a daughter, Renee; and they share their home with two huge dogs and two very big cats—whose combined weight tops 300 pounds!—along with a hand-raised sparrow and an African clawed frog. Along with caring for her animals, Paula also enjoys tending to her vast array of indoor and outdoor plants. She also loves NFL football, and is a diehard New York Jets fan.