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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
  • Head-on Crash in Riverside Sends 3 to Hospital With Serious Injuries

    A wrong-way driver crashed into a vehicle along the 215 Freeway in Riverside early Sunday and three people were injured, according to the California Highway Patrol. The crash occurred about 1:30 a.m. when the driver was heading north along the southbound side of the freeway at Columbia Avenue, said Sgt. Ron Warrior. Preliminary information from the CHP indicated that both vehicles were “crushed” and all lanes were blocked after the crash. Two people in the car that was struck were […]

  • 1 Killed in Boyle Heights Officer-Involved Shooting at Gold Line Station: LAPD

    A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Boyle Heights early Saturday, Los Angeles Police officials said. The incident was reported about 12 a.m. at the intersection of East 1st and Soto streets at a Gold Line Metro station. Officers were patrolling the area when they say they heard gunshots, Lt. Chris Ramirez said. The officers then approached a man walking on the sidewalk and when they attempted to stop him and an officer-involved shooting occurred. The man was struck by gunfire […]

  • Man Who Went to Register as Sex Offender Dies After Shootout With Deputies at Temple City Sheriff’s Station: LASD

    A man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after engaging in a gunbattle with deputies in the parking lot of the Temple City sheriff’s station, where he had gone to register as a sex offender Monday morning, authorities said. The man, identified only as a 47-year-old white male, entered the station located in the 8800 block of East Las Tunas Drive about 7:25 a.m. to register as a sex offender, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Joe Mendoza said. The deputy […]

  • Man Suspected of Killing Bicyclist in Hit-and-Run Crash Arrested After Chase from Anaheim to Seal Beach

    A man who is suspected of killing a bicyclist in a hit-and-run crash in an unincorporated area of Anaheim was taken into custody after a pursuit with authorities ended in a crash and an officer-involved shooting in Seal Beach early Sunday, officials said. About 5:30 a.m. Anaheim Police officials responded to the 9500 block of Ball Road after the hit-and-run crash, the Los Angeles Times reported. Officers spotted the suspect vehicle, a white SUV, and began a pursuit, but soon lost […]

  • 3 Dead After Wrong-Way Driver Strikes Van on 5 Freeway in Commerce

    The northbound 5 Freeway was closed through Commerce Sunday morning due to a collision that left three people dead, officials said. Around 5:20 a.m. a Mini Cooper was reported to have entered the freeway near Slauson Avenue driving the wrong direction before it hit a van head-on, said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Manuel Rodriguez. The Mini Cooper had been traveling in the slow lane at slow speeds, he said. “While units were trying to get to the scene [of the […]

  • 1 Dead After Apartment Fire in East Hollywood

    A fire that broke out in an East Hollywood apartment early Sunday morning left one person dead, officials said. The blaze was reported just after midnight Sunday morning at a gated, two-story apartment building in the 1000 block of North Mariposa Avenue, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. In all, 39 firefighters knocked down the flames in 17 minutes and contained it to one first-floor unit, the agency said. Firefighters rescued the victim, who was taken to hospital but died […]

  • Man Wanted in Connection With Attempted Kidnapping of 14-Year-Old Girl in Pico-Robertson

    Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect wanted in connection with an attempted kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl who was walking home from school in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles. Nerissa Knight reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on March 11, 2017.

  • Supporters of Measure S to Hold Rally in Hollywood

    A rally was planned on Sunday in Hollywood by proponents of Measure S, the March 7 Los Angeles city ballot initiative that seeks to limit development by imposing a moratorium on certain types of construction. Nerissa Knight reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News at 7 on March 5, 2017.

  • Congressman Steve Knight Holds Town Hall Meeting in Palmdale Amid Nationwide Obamacare Discussions

    Rep. Steve Knight (R-Lancaster) got an earful from his constituents at an early morning town hall meeting in Palmdale on Saturday that drew an at-capacity crowd of nearly 300 with dozens more protesting outside. Though Knight ultimately was escorted to his car by several Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies as protesters booed him, the question-and-answer session remained relatively civil, if a bit raucous. Knight drew a mixed reaction from the crowd. Local Democratic clubs from Simi Valley, Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley were at the event, […]