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Francis was born in Queens, New York City, New York. Paula's TV news career started in Madison, Wisconsin and later moved to Las Vegas in 1985 where she started at KTNV-TV as the evening anchor until she joined KLAS-TV in 1990 as the evening anchor alongside Gary Waddell. Paula has won eight Las Vegas Review-Journal 's Best of Las Vegas awards and several humanitarian awards for her involvement in the community.
Francis retired from anchoring on April 1, 2016.
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