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Nerissa Knight was a reporter for KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles. She left the station in June 2017.

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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
  • Minivan Riddled With Bullet Holes Crashes in Panorama City; Driver Shot Dead, 3 Passengers Injured

    A minivan that was riddled with bullet holes crashed in Panorama City early Friday, leaving police to find the driver fatally shot and three passengers critically injured in a possibly gang-related shooting. The incident was reported about 2:05 a.m. in the 14700 block of West Plummer Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Officers who responded found the van’s driver was shot in the head and chest. He was declared dead at the scene, said Los Angeles Police Department Capt. […]

  • Man Leaving Gardena Casino With Winnings Is Shot 4 Times in Robbery; Assailants at Large

    A man who was leaving Larry Flynt’s Lucky Lady Casino in Gardena with his winnings was shot four times during a robbery at a gas station early Wednesday morning, police said. Los Angeles police were the first to respond to the shooting call about 4:30 a.m. at Rosecrans and Vermont avenues in the Harbor Gateway area, according to the Gardena Police Department, which eventually took over the investigation. After the victim had won a “large sum of money” and was […]

  • LAPD Beefs Up Security Measures at LAX in Wake of London Bridge Attack

    The Los Angeles Police Department is ready to respond to an emergency in the wake of the London Bridge terror attack, and are reminding citizens to report any suspicious activity and to remain vigilant. Nerissa Knight reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on June 4, 2017.

  • 31 Residents Displaced After Fire Rips Through North Hollywood Apartment

    Several families were displaced early Saturday when a fire ripped through a two-story, eight unit apartment complex in North Hollywood. Two Los Angeles police officers were on patrol about 2 a.m. when they noticed flames coming from an apartment located at 11420 W. Oxnard St. Flames could be seen coming from one unit of the apartment complex, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. Flames traveled through the roof of the unit, then up to the attic and continued to spread […]

  • Truck Fire Spills 500 Gallons of Oil in South L.A., Sends Smoke Out Storm Drains

    Noxious fumes filled the air in South Los Angeles Sunday morning after a truck caught fire and spilled hundreds of gallons of oil waste. About 500 gallons of oil were set ablaze and leaked, charring the streets and even storms drains, after the vehicle fire was reported around 11:50 p.m. Saturday night at 519 E. 61st St., the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The intersection of 61st Street and Avalon Boulevard remained closed to through traffic Sunday morning as crews […]

  • Second Suspect in Santa Monica Home Invasion Arrested; Victim Remains in ICU

    A Santa Monica father remained in intensive care unit on Saturday as police announced the arrest of the second of two suspects who allegedly attacked him and his son in a bloody home invasion incident, police said. Officers were called to the home in the 200 block of 20th Street just after 6 p.m. Friday, when two men were reported to have broken in attempting to commit a robbery, Santa Monica police said in a statement. The father and son were […]

  • 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 […]