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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
  • Weekend Heat Wave Fuels Fire Safety Concerns in SoCal

    A weekend heat wave has raised fire safety concerns in the Southern California area on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Nerissa Knight reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News at 6 on May 21, 2017.

  • 15-Year-Old Pedestrian Killed in Front of His Mother When Car Swerves Off Roadway in Lancaster

    A 15-year-old pedestrian was killed in front of his mother when he was struck by a car that swerved to avoid two vehicles that were stopped at an intersection in Lancaster late Thursday. The crash occurred about 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of 32nd Street West and West Avenue L, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Two vehicles had stopped at the intersection, apparently to let the pedestrians cross the street, as a third vehicle approached from behind, sheriff’s […]

  • 18-Year-Old Man Fatally Shot in South Los Angeles: LASD

    An 18-year-old man was fatally shot Friday evening in South Los Angeles, officials reported. Deputies responded to the 1300 block of West 90th Street about a call reporting a gunshot victim about 9:56 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported. Deputies found the man suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his upper torso. A sheriff’s detective told KTLA the man was on the sidewalk when he was shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators were on […]

  • Relocation of 15 Airlines in Central Terminal Area of LAX Continues

    Work continued Saturday morning on a massive reorganization of airline terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the nation’s second-busiest commercial airport. But officials said that the relocation of 15 airlines, which began late Friday night and will continue over the next five days, was on schedule and had not encountered any major problems. The effort involves moving Delta Air Lines from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3 and shifting 14 other carriers into the facilities vacated by […]

  • 2 Killed in Fiery Crash After Police Pursuit in Hollywood: LAPD

    Two people were killed after the vehicle they were in crashed into a tree and burst into flames in Hollywood while they were apparently fleeing police, Los Angeles Police officials said Sunday. The crash was reported about 2 a.m. when police spotted a car that had been reported stolen. Officers attempted to stop the driver, but the person sped off. Witnesses at the scene said the driver was going about 70 mph before the person crashed near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard […]

  • Southern California Residents Recover From Storm, Brace for More Rainfall

    Showers were expected to hit Southern California throughout the day Sunday as crews in recent burn areas were working to limit the damage of rainfall from the day before. Nerissa Knight reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 7, 2017.

  • 13-Year-Old Girl Fatally Struck by Bus in Redondo Beach Identified, Described as Having the ‘Greatest Personality’

    A 13-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a MTA bus while riding her bike in Redondo Beach was identified by the Los Angeles Coroner’s office Saturday morning. Ciara Smith was fatally struck around 5:40 p.m. on Friday when she came out into the crosswalk at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Knob Hill Avenue, police said. The bus had a green light and the incident is a “tragic accident,” according to Redondo Beach Police Lt. Shawn Freeman. A […]

  • Rallies, Marches and Community Events Mark the 25th Anniversary of L.A. Riots

    Hundreds of people gathered in South Los Angeles on Saturday to participate in rallies, marches and other community events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Things got underway at 11 a.m. with a rally and march — dubbed Future Fest — that began at the intersection of Florence and Normandie avenues, where the riots began in response to the verdicts in the Rodney King beating trial a quarter-century ago today. The march then proceeded east on […]

  • Search Continues for Missing Boy Whose Father Was Found Passed Out in South Pasadena Park

    Authorities Sunday are following up on leads in their ongoing search of a 5-year-old boy whose father was found passed out in a South Pasadena park and arrested the previous day. Aramazd Andressian Jr. was last seen by his mother at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday during a Skype video call from an unknown location, according to South Pasadena Police. His mother, a San Gabriel Valley resident, had last seen the boy in person at 8 a.m. on April 15 when she transferred […]