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.
A Twin Cities metro law enforcement officer is headed to trial in less than two weeks for an on-duty killing.
Following half-a-dozen student deaths by suicide in Blaine, MN, police, parents and area schools are stepping up to make changes and get help to young adults who need it.
The suicide rate among teens is climbing at an alarming rate in recent years, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Now, community members say the problem is hitting some Minnesota schools harder than ever before.
Officials are investigating a fire that started overnight at the Northern Metal Recycling facility in Becker, Minnesota. As officials warn residents of poor air quality, the police chief said it could take days to fully extinguish the fire.
The man who died after being shot on a bus in Minneapolis was honored by loved ones Thursday.
Students at Centennial High School banded together to give a student a special moment in the spotlight.
We are a few days from a thrilling Super Bowl but another football season is about to kickoff.
George Jensen entered the plea Wednesday in Hennepin County District Court as part of an agreement with prosecutors that will keep him from spending time in custody.
A week after she was hit by a vehicle at her bus stop in Edina, Minnesota, a teen girl is talking about her recovery as police work to make an arrest.
Attorneys for Serghei Kundilovski say their client only speaks broken English and didn’t know he could be sentenced to decades behind bars when he pleaded guilty.