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Paul Burton is a general assignment reporter for WBZ-TV News. Burton joined the stations as a participant in the “CBS News Development Program” and from WLNE-TV in Providence, where he worked as a general assignment reporter since the spring of 2003.

A true local reporter, Burton was born and raised in Framingham, MA along with brother Steve Burton.  He attended Northwestern University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Journalism.  Burton received a second Master’s degree as well as a Doctorate in Ministry degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
Prior to becoming a journalist, Burton led a successful career as an athlete.  From 1994-1997 he was an ALL Big Ten punter at Northwestern, taking part of two Big Ten Championships, and playing in both the 1996 Rose Bowl in Pasedena, CA and 1997 Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL.  Burton also spent time in the NFL as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.

In addition to his career and studies, Burton is associate pastor at Tremont Temple Baptist Church.  Burton also serves as director of the Ron Burton Training Village, a youth sports camp founded by his father, Ron Burton, in 1985. Through the medium of sports Burton works with children ages 11 to 18 on how to succeed in life and succeed both on and off the field.

The scene of the fire on Mount Pleasant Street. (Photo credit - Westport Fire Department)

4-Year-Old Boy Dies At Site Where 9 Died In Blaze Decades Ago

A Westport fire claimed the life of a 4-year-old and injured several others Saturday night.

12/20/2015

U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Benjamin Bauman gives his mother a hug. (WBZ-TV)

Medway Marine Surprises Family After Tour In Afghanistan

A 21-year-old Medway marine has been gone for two years, but now he’s home in time for Christmas.

12/19/2015

Kylie Plowman and her parents deliver a check to Children's Hospital (WBZ-TV)

After Asking Santa For Donations, Wilmington Girl Delivers Checks To Children In Need

Eight-year-old Kylie Plowman is making a big impact by raising money for charity.

12/15/2015

Lauren Eliopoulos and Emily Spencer (WBZ-TV)

Local Women Collect Thousands Of Cards For Soldiers Overseas

Letters, cards and gifts for soldiers are heading overseas thanks to two local women.

12/14/2015

A concert was held in honor of murdered Danvers high school teacher Colleen Ritzer. (WBZ)

Colleen Ritzer Benefit Concert Held At Danvers High School

The Danvers High School auditorium transformed into a full blown Holiday Pops concert on Sunday.

12/13/2015

Sgt. Robert Dakin was laid to rest in Waltham. (WBZ)

Korean War Soldier, Missing For Decades, Laid To Rest In Waltham

It was a homecoming more than sixty-five years in the making.

12/12/2015

Sophie Fellows performs at Boston Children's Hospital (WBZ-TV)

Young Violinist Performs At Boston Hospital That Saved Her Life

Sophie Fellows performed at Children’s Hospital a year after she learned she had a brain tumor.

12/11/2015

John Russell Johnson's extended family receives Purple Heart at Brockton VFW (WBZ-TV)

Brockton Man’s Family Receives Purple Heart 74 Years After Pearl Harbor Attack

John Russell Johnson was a Purple Heart recipient, but the award was lost for decades.

12/07/2015

Abdullah Faaruuq, Imam of the Mosque for the Praising of Allah in Roxbury. (WBZ-TV)

Muslim Community In Boston Concerned For Safety After Terror Attacks

Abdullah Faaruuq, Imam of the Mosque for the Praising of Allah in Roxbury, says he’s deeply concerned for the safety of Muslims in the community.

12/06/2015

A portion of Atlantic Avenue in Boston was shut down for a second straight day, this time after a rider poured an unknown liquid on an MBTA bus. (WBZ-TV)

Hazmat Crews Investigate Liquid On Atlantic Ave. MBTA Bus

A portion of Atlantic Avenue was closed for about an hour Saturday as crews investigated a liquid poured inside an MBTA bus.

12/05/2015

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