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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
  • At least five people were shot on Jan. 14, 2017 in five separate shootings in Santa Ana. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

    5 People Shot in 5 Separate Incidents in Santa Ana; Police Say No Suspects Have Been Apprehended

    At least five people were shot in separate shootings in Santa Ana on Saturday night, and officials said no suspects have been arrested for the crimes. The first shooting was reported about 7 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 900 block of South Townsend Avenue. Several shots were fired and one man was struck in the neck and torso, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. The man, who police told KTLA was a suspect, is listed in critical […]

  • Folesha Parker-Iverson is shown in a photo provided to KTLA by her family's attorney.

    Uber Driver Killed, Passenger Critically Injured in 2-Car Hit-And-Run-Crash in South Los Angeles; Driver Identified

    A female Uber driver was killed in a two-car hit-and-run crash in South Los Angeles that left her passenger critically injured early Saturday. Family and friends identified Folesha Parker-Iverson, 52, as the driver of a black Honda Accord involved in the crash. The fatal crash happened about 3:40 a.m. at Arlington Avenue and West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The driver of a second vehicle — a silver Infiniti — fled the scene on […]

  • A body was found in the water at a marina in Wilmington on Jan. 14, 2017. (Credit: Nerissa Knight)

    Body Found in Water at Marina in Wilmington May Be Man Who Was Washed Away in Dominguez Channel During Storm

    The body of a man was found in the water Saturday morning at a marina in Wilmington and authorities believe it may be someone they were searching for earlier in the week, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The deceased man was found about 9:10 a.m. in the water near Leeward Bay Marina, located at 611 N. Henry Ford Ave., the LAFD reported. Authorities told KTLA the they believe the man is the same person who was swept away in […]

  • A man who led authorities on a slow-speed pursuit in the San Fernando Valley to the Sepulveda Pass is taken into custody on Jan. 10, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Suspected of Shooting Sister-in-Law in Custody After Pursuit Ends in West L.A.

    A man who led police on a slow-speed, yet erratic, pursuit along the Sepulveda Pass, and is apparently wanted in connection with shooting his sister-in-law in the San Fernando Valley over the weekend, was taken into custody early Tuesday. Los Angeles Police Department officials confirmed they believe the driver was Marcos Tulio Flores, who is wanted in connection with the shooting that occurred early Sunday. The pursuit began about 10:45 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Sherman Way and Wilbur Avenue in Reseda and […]

  • Deputies investigate the shooting death of a man in East Los Angeles on Jan. 8, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Authorities Investigate Shooting Homicide in East L.A.; No Suspects in Custody: LASD

    Authorities were investigating the shooting death of a Hispanic man in East Los Angeles early Sunday morning, officials said. Deputies were called to the 3800 block of Whittier Boulevard around 2:40 a.m. regarding shots fired, according to Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Lt. Steve Jauch. Upon arrival, officials found a trail of blood on the sidewalk at Whittier Boulevard and Alma Avenue, he said. Deputies followed the trail and found a man suffering from several gunshot wounds at the entrance of […]

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    Fort Lauderdale Shooting Suspect Spoke of Mind Control and Being Forced to Join Islamic State

    The young Iraq war veteran suspected of fatally shooting five people and wounding eight others at Fort Lauderdale’s international airport Friday had become mentally agitated in recent weeks, family members said, despite his happiness over the birth of a son less than four months ago. Esteban Santiago, 26, was in custody following the attack, being questioned by local and federal law enforcement. Eyewitnesses described an eerily calm assailant who fired bursts from a semiautomatic handgun at fellow airline passengers as […]

  • Alfredo Ortiz is seen in a photo released by the Oxnard Police Department on Jan. 5, 2017.

    Officials Look for Man in Connection With Fatal Shooting of His Wife in Oxnard

    Officials in Oxnard are looking for a man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of his wife Thursday morning. Oxnard police responded to a reported domestic violence incident about 10:35 a.m. in the 100 block of North Juanita Avenue. A man was seen by several witnesses dragging a woman into a home and several gunshots were heard, police said. Another woman and six children were then seen running away from the home and the victim was found inside with gunshot […]

  • The aftermath of a crash that closed the southbound Interstate 5 near Bakersfield on Dec. 31, 2016. (Credit: KERO)

    2 Killed, Several Injured in Multi-Car Pileup on Interstate 5 Near Bakersfield; Freeway Reopened After 8 Hour Closure

    Two people died and several others were injured Saturday after two cars collided, triggering a pileup of at least 20 vehicles on a foggy stretch of southbound Interstate 5 near Bakersfield, California Highway Patrol officials reported. A 50-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman from Manteca died in the crash, CHP public information officer Brian Moore said. Their names were not released. The couple were in one of two passenger vehicles that crashed just before 9 a.m., Moore said. Soon after the initial crash, a tractor-trailer […]

  • Pedestrians cover up against the rain while walking along Hollywood Boulevard on Friday, Dec. 31, 2016. ( Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

    Rain, Chilly Weather Expected for NYE Celebrations

    Southern California drivers will have to brave wet roadways Saturday as they make their way to New Year’s Eve celebrations. The second of two weekend storms will arrive around midafternoon and bring rain and snow to the region until late Saturday night, said Bonnie Bartling, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service’s Oxnard bureau.  The storm could bring as much as a half-inch of precipitation across most of Los Angeles and more than an inch in the mountains. Most of the rain […]