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.
Legal experts agree it will be a struggle to find an impartial jury and jurors who are willing to serve on the high-profile, high-stakes Derek Chauvin trial during a pandemic.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Monday over reinstating the third-degree murder charge in the case against Derek Chauvin.
The pandemic has led to some very difficult choices for people with underlying conditions and their families. Many have been forced into isolation for months on end to protect themselves.
Sources familiar with the details and participants in the Derek Chauvin case say a federal grand jury has been meeting to look into civil rights violations by the former Minneapolis Police officer.
Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson describes some of the security measures planned for the upcoming trial of Derek Chauvin.
A barrage of gunfire late Saturday afternoon terrified a north Minneapolis neighborhood near the intersection of Broadway and Bryant Avenue. Fortunately, no one was injured.
The husband of the medical assistant killed in the health clinic shooting in Buffalo, Minnesota spoke with FOX 9, sharing his raw emotions as he contends with the sudden loss of his wife.
A fight over a facemask at a Jimmy John’s in Rosemount ended with multiple criminal charges.
Selwyn Jones, George Floyd’s uncle, may live several hundred miles away in South Dakota, but he is keeping close tabs on the criminal justice system in relation to his nephew’s deadly arrest.
COVID-19 vaccination efforts are ramping up across the Twin Cities metro area, including at Canterbury Park where the focus was on frontline healthcare workers and seniors.