ⓘ Paula Reid


ⓘ Paula Reid

Paula Reid is an American journalist who is the CBS News White House correspondent. She covered the Special Counsel investigation of Robert Mueller and the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign. During the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, Reid became known for pressing Donald Trump on his response to the crisis.


1. Early life and education

In 2005, Reid earned her bachelors degree with a dual degree in psychology and English from the College of William & Mary. In 2008, Reid graduated from Villanova University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. Reid passed the bar exams in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. In 2016, Reid earned a Master of Bioethics MBE from the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.


2. Career

During college, Reid volunteered at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana in 2006. From 2007 to 2008, she was a legal intern at the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

After law school, Reid worked in a judicial clerkship at the Delaware State Court from 2008 to 2009. She then worked as a reporter at Fox29 in Philadelphia.


2.1. Career CBS News

In January 2010, Reid moved to New York City and was hired as an intern at CBS News in their Investigative Unit, which began her long tenure at CBS News. Later that year in June 2010, she became a production secretary for CBS Evening News, a position she held for a year. From 2011 to 2014, Reid worked as a digital journalist based out of New York.

From 2014 to 2018, Reid was a reporter in the Washington, D.C. area, where she joined the legal team of CBS News in Washington, D.C.

Reid covered the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, which involved reporting about the Hillary Clinton email controversy. She was one of few researchers on the ground in Charlottesville, Virginia during the Unite the Right rally, which resulted in a state of emergency being declared by Terry McAuliffe.

From 2017, in her position covering the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, for CBS News, Reid led the CBS network coverage of the Special Counsel investigation of Robert Mueller. During one of the White House press briefings, Sarah Sanders stated that Donald Trump could fire Mueller if he wanted to. Reid pointed out that this was not legally permitted, "You said the president believes he has the power to fire Robert Mueller. Because usually most legal experts believe that he would have to order Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to fire Mueller, and Rosenstein could, of course, refuse."

In April 2018, Reid became Washington correspondent for CBS News, where her beat was covering the Justice Department, the White House, and legal affairs. In 2018, Reid pressed Trump on his border policies. This involved pointing out that, contrary to what Trump claimed, the Trump administration family separation policy was different to that of previous administrations as the Trump policy prosecuted all individuals who arrived at the border.


2.2. Career CBS White House correspondent

In April 2019, Reid was named the CBS News White House correspondent. During the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic, Reid attended the daily Trump press briefings. In April 2020 she questioned as to why the Administration had been so slow to respond to the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. In particular, Reid asked what meaningful preparation Trump had done during the month after bringing in his China travel ban. "But what did you do with that time? You didn’t use it to prepare hospitals, you didn’t use it to ramp up testing. Right now, nearly 20 million are unemployed, tens of thousands of Americans are dead.”

Reid has worked on news broadcasts CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning and Face the Nation.