Local viewers have come to know Paul Blume as a trusted, reliable source of critical information. Paul has built a reputation on covering the biggest stories, enterprising leads and developing a network of sources that has made him an indispensable member of the FOX 9 news team. His trademark tag line, "Paul Blume FOX 9!" has made Paul one of the most recognizable names in the Twin Cities television news market.
Paul first landed in Minnesota in 2007 as a member of the FOX 9 team of broadcast journalists that covered every aspect of the tragic Interstate 35W bridge collapse, from the frantic emergency response on August 1, to the survivors, the victims, the investigation and the long-term impact on the nation’s infrastructure needs.
Since then, Paul has had a reporting role in just about every major story this region has seen including the police shootings of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile, the deadly encounter inside the Little Falls home of Byron Smith, the drug overdose death of music icon Prince, the natural gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy, Super Bowl LII and more recently, the incredible escape of Jayme Closs after 88 days of captivity in northwestern Wisconsin.
In 2017, Paul traveled to Las Vegas to report on the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting at the Route 91 music festival. He connected viewers to the national tragedy on the Strip that directly impacted several Minnesotans and their loved ones.
Paul says the highlight of his career so far was in 2004 when he embedded as journalist with a Wisconsin National Guard unit during their war-time deployment in Iraq. An assignment that netted regional Murrow and Emmy awards for his work.
Paul is a General Assignment Reporter in every sense of the word. He loves arriving in the newsroom each day, not knowing what story he will get to tell. Though you will often find Paul at a courthouse, providing insight into the criminal justice system. With cameras largely banned from Minnesota courtrooms, Paul has found a unique way to inform and simplify the legal process with his on-air reports and social media feeds.
Always hungry for a lead or a great story to share, Paul welcomes anyone to reach out via email or social media. In his spare time, Paul enjoys working out and traveling. And he is a big sports fan. In fact, every once in a while, you might find Paul anchoring sports on a FOX 9 newscast. He is also a regular guest on Dan Barreiro’s KFAN radio show where he is asked to break down and provide perspective on the day’s biggest headlines.
A native New Englander, Paul was raised in Lexington, Massachusetts and graduated from Bates College in Maine. He worked in various reporting and anchoring roles at TV stations in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin as well as Dubuque, Iowa and Anchorage, Alaska before joining FOX 9. He and his wife are raising two young daughters in the metro area.
Nearly two months after Don Kellner was hospitalized with severe burns following an explosion at his Cold Spring home, a special get-well banner was unfurled on a giant construction crane outside his hospital window to raise his spirits.
Nick Anderson, the kid from Brainerd, Minnesota who went to St. Cloud State University, found himself on the mound in Game 4 of the World Series last weekend pitching against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
An anti-racist message first pushed by Gophers standout Rashod Bateman can now be found on the Maroon and Gold helmets of a team in Northfield, Minn., too.
A Shakopee dad is the envy of the neighborhood with his giant-sized pumpkin carvings.
Over the last decade, police departments across the country have moved to add body cameras to their forces in an effort to maintain transparency and community relations.
A group of residents have had enough of the crime and violence in the city of Minneapolis, arguing in a lawsuit that there aren’t enough police patrolling the streets right now.
Some of the finest opera voices have teamed up for a special Twin Cities performance this weekend. The group introduced a brand new classical music anthem inspired by the death of George Floyd.
A popular dining spot in Robbinsdale is changing ownership as the business faces financial hardships in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police in Shakopee, Minnesota say someone target shooting without the proper precautions fired accidental shots near a sports stadium Monday night while high school baseball players were practicing on the field.
A heartbroken mother returned to the scene of a shooting in Minneapolis that claimed the life of her 18-year-old son, Oliver Perkins III, earlier this week.