NERISSA KNIGHT
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Nerissa Knight is an Emmy Award-winning reporter for KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles.

You can also catch her as a correspondent on the nationally syndicated TV show “Crime Watch Daily With Chris Hansen.” Nerissa is a veteran TV journalist with 23 years broadcast TV news experience and has served as an anchor/reporter on news teams at various TV stations across the country.

Prior to joining KTLA, Nerissa was an anchor/reporter for KNBC in Los Angeles and co-hosted its “Today in L.A.” weekend show for four years. She also spent time as co-host at KTLA’s sister station KDAF in Dallas hosting the Tribune Media syndicated pop culture morning show “Eye Opener TV,” which also airs in other major markets including Houston, Philadelphia and Miami.

Nerissa’s extensive broadcast career has taken her to serve as anchor/reporter in other markets across the country as well, such as Beaumont, Texas (KBTV); Little Rock, Arkansas (KATV, KTHV-TV); Mobile, Alabama (WALA-TV); Milwaukee, Wisconsin (WDJT-TV); and Dallas, Texas (KTVT-TV).

In addition to her broadcast profession, Nerissa is also very involved in the community and has spent more than a decade giving scholarships to outstanding, deserving students in need. Her dedication to giving back has been recognized with numerous service awards such as the Brookin’s Community Service Award, the AIDS Project Los Angeles Woman of Empowerment Award and the Purple Bottom Group for abused women service award. Nerissa was also recognized by the governor of California with a mentoring award for her work with youth.

Although proud of her community service accomplishments, Nerissa is proudest of her loving family. Since 18 years old, she’s been married to her junior high school sweetheart and they have three children: two sons and a daughter. Having lost her mother to cancer as an only child at the age of 6 and never having met her father, Nerissa had a tumultuous childhood having grown up as a foster child, moving from one family member, friend or stranger’s house to another. Her challenged upbringing and life experiences have led to her life’s motto: “It’s not what you’ve been dealt, but how you deal with it.”


Recent Articles
  • Crews in Santa Clarita continued on Feb. 19, 2017 to clean up mudflows after heavy rains ravaged the area. (Credit: KTLA)

    Cleanup Continues in Santa Clarita Where Storm Caused Mudflows

    Cleanup efforts continue in Santa Clarita Monday where a weekend storm caused mud and debris to flow onto streets and caused damage.

  • Cleanup efforts were underway on Feb. 19, 2017 after a winter rain storm battered the Sand Fire burn area of Santa Clarita and caused mud to flow on the streets. (Credit: KTLA)

    Cleanup Underway in Santa Clarita After Storm Brings Mudflow; Residents Prepare for Next Batch of Rain

    Cleanup efforts were underway Sunday in Santa Clarita after a winter rain storm battered the area and caused mud to flow on the streets. Steve Kuzj and Nerissa Knight report for the KTLA 5 News on Feb. 19, 2017.

  • Authorities rescue a woman trapped in a sinkhole on Feb. 17, 2017.

    Woman Rescued After Car Falls Into Water-Filled Sinkhole in Studio City

    One woman was rescued Friday night after a car fell into a sinkhole filled with water in Studio City. Bobby Thompson told KTLA he was driving around 8 p.m. when the back tire of his van became stuck over a sinkhole on Woodbridge Street off of Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Moments later Stephanie Scott approached the sinkhole in her car. “I seen the other lady driving down the street and I’m trying to wave at her and tell her to stop,” said […]

  • Los Angeles Police Department vehicles block the area near an attempted carjacking and shooting in South L.A. on Feb. 10, 2017. (Credit: ANG News)

    2 People Shot Near Attempted Carjacking in South L.A.

    Two people were shot near an attempted carjacking in South Los Angeles late Friday and police are investigating whether or not the incidents are connected. The carjacking was reported about 11:30 p.m. Friday near the intersection of South Avalon Boulevard and East 115th Street. Two people were shot “close in proximity,” Los Angeles Police Department officials said. Video from the scene showed police interviewing people in a black Bentley in the parking lot of a Taco Bell near the scene. […]

  • A door to a warehouse housing a large marijuana grow in Chatsworth was pried open during a robbery on Feb. 11, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Shot During Robbery at Chatsworth Marijuana Growth Facility: LAPD

    A man who was working at a marijuana growth facility in Chatsworth was shot during a robbery early Saturday, police said. The incident was reported about 3:20 a.m. in the 21800 block of Nordhoff Street At least two men detained a security guard outside the warehouse and pried open the back door to the factory. A worker inside was shot during the robbery, police said. He was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The security guard was not injured during […]

  • The Barranco Family is pictured in a GoFundMe page.

    Woman’s Unborn Baby Girl, Husband Killed in Victorville Crash; Suspected DUI Driver Arrested

    A 23-year-old woman is mourning the loss of her unborn baby girl and husband after a driver, with two prior DUI convictions, allegedly ran a stop sign in Victorville and crashed into her family’s car. The fatal crash happened about 1:45 a.m. Saturday when a man behind the wheel of a 2002 Hyundai sedan was driving north on Amethyst Road and allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign. The driver, 56-year-old Alexander Delapaz-Perez, broadsided the driver’s side door of a […]

  • Hundreds sit Sunday in on the departure level of the Tom Bradley International Terminal to protest President Trump's travel restrictions. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

    Federal Appeals Court Denies Emergency Request to Resume Trump’s Travel Ban

    A federal appeals court early Sunday morning denied the U.S. government’s emergency request to resume President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has asked for both sides to file legal briefs before the court makes its final decision after a federal judge halted the program on Friday. What this means is that the ruling by U.S. District Court Judge James Robart, who suspended the ban, will remain in place — for now. The U.S. Justice Department […]

  • The logo of the Department of Homeland Security is seen at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Washington, DC, February 25, 2015. (Credit:  SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    Homeland Security Suspends Travel Ban in Accordance With Judge’s Ruling

    President Donald Trump’s government moved swiftly Saturday to comply with a federal judge’s order halting his travel ban — even as Trump himself denounced the judge — but readied its legal defense of the controversial executive action. The Department of Homeland Security announced it has suspended all actions to implement the immigration order and will resume standard inspections of travelers as it did prior to the signing of the travel ban. But it said the Justice Department — which is […]

  • Hundreds sit Sunday in on the departure level of the Tom Bradley International Terminal to protest President Trump's travel restrictions. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

    Justice Department to Challenge Washington Judge’s Temporary Halt of President Trump’s Travel Ban, White House Says

    The White House is preparing to fight for President Donald Trump’s immigration order after a federal judge on Friday halted it nationwide. A chaotic night set up the nation for a second straight weekend of widespread uncertainty over the controversial ban, this time with the administration on defense. Federal Judge James Robart, a George W. Bush appointee who presides in Washington state, temporarily stopped the order. U.S. Customs and Border Protection then alerted airlines the U.S. government would quickly begin […]