Paula Francis

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Paula Francis anchors the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts at 8 News NOW. She was born in Queens, N.Y., grew up in a Chicago suburb and had her first job in broadcasting in Madison, Wisconsin, right after finishing college at the UW-Madison. She has done the news in Las Vegas since 1985.

Paula has been chosen "Best TV Anchor in Las Vegas" by the readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal more than 15 times through 2014, when the category was retired.  She is a member of the KLAS-TV Hall of Fame, sharing the honor with George Knapp, Gary Waddell, Howard Hughes, Bob Bailey, and Jack Lehman, among others.

Paula is a founding member of the Nevada Chapter of the International Women's Forum, serves on the Board of Trustees of The Shade Tree Endowment Fund, and has received a number of humanitarian awards for her community involvement.  Her proudest accomplishment is her campaign for breast cancer awareness, Buddy Check 8.

Paula helped commemorate the Las Vegas Centennial by taking part in the video history project, "The Story of Classic Las Vegas." The interview will be on permanent archive at UNLV.

She loves reading to students during Nevada Reading Week, and speaking to community groups about health issues.

Paula has been married to Steve Francis since 1988. They share interests in politics, travel, hiking and photography. They can often be found together riding bicycles or taking Pilates classes!

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