Nerissa Knight
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Nerissa Knight is a reporter for KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles.

She is a veteran TV journalist with 19 years broadcast TV news experience.

Nerissa served as co-host for KNBC-TV's "Today in LA" weekends for four years, and as an anchor and reporter for the affiliate. She also spent over three years as an anchor and reporter at the CBS affiliate, KTVT-TV, in Dallas. Before joining KTLA, Nerissa was an co-host at KTLA's sister station KDAF-TV where she hosted Tribune Media's syndicated morning show, "Eye Opener TV," shown in Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Miami and other cities.

Nerissa is an Emmy-nominated breaking news anchor who has conducted numerous one-on-one interviews with award-winning actors, world-renowned singers, four U.S. presidents, star athletes and filed countless stories on hurricanes, wildfires, mudslides and tornadoes.

Her career has taken her to serve as an anchor and reporter for news teams in Beaumont, Texas (KBTV-TV); Little Rock, Arkansas (KATV-TV, KTHV-TV); Mobile, Alabama (WALA-TV); Milwaukee, Wisconsin (WDJT-TV); Los Angeles (KNBC-TV); and Dallas (KTVT-TV, KDAF-TV) before joining the KTLA news team.

However, Nerissa is most proud of her family. She's married to her sweetheart since junior high school, and they have three children, two sons and a daughter.


Recent Articles
  • A dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o was on display at a Sheriff's Department news conference on Feb. 27, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pearl-Covered Dress Worn by Lupita Nyong’o Believed Recovered: Sheriff’s Department

    After an anonymous caller reported having taken actress Lupita Nyong’o’s pearl-adorned dress to find out if it was real, investigators have recovered a gown they believe to be the missing garment, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Friday. The Calvin Klein dress, valued at $150,000, was stolen from Nyong’o’s room at the The London West Hollywood Hotel on Wednesday evening, the Sheriff’s Department had said Thursday. The 2014 Oscar-winner had worn the dress to the Academy Awards on Sunday, making many best-dressed lists. […]

  • A car came to a rest on the sidewalk after crashing in Chatsworth on Feb. 26, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Harsher Penalties for Deadly Street Racing, Hit-and-Run Crashes Proposed

    A new proposal would place harsher penalties on those involved in deadly street racing and hit-and-run crashes in Los Angeles. Nerissa Knight reports from downtown Los Angeles for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

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    Thousands of Dollars in Sports Equipment Stolen From Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academies

    Over the weekend, someone broke into two storage containers and a batting cage at the Cesar E. Chavez Learning Academies in San Fernando and stole $9000 in sporting gear. Nerissa Knight reports for the KTLA 5 News at 11 on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.

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    Southwest Grounds 128 Planes Over Missed Inspections

    Southwest Airlines Co. says it has grounded 128 planes after failing to inspect backup hydraulic systems used to control the rudder if the main system fails. The airline said Tuesday night that it had canceled 90 flights so far. The grounding covers about one-fifth its fleet. Southwest spokeswoman Brandy King said that after discovering the missed inspections, the airline immediately notified federal safety regulators and began checking the planes. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, Lynn Lunsford, said that […]

  • Surveillance video from a nearby church showed a party bus around the time of a Norwalk crash that left a man in critical condition on Feb. 21, 2015.

    Investigators ID Vehicle Owner in Norwalk ‘Party Bus’ Crash That Left Man in Critical Condition

    Investigators have identified the vehicle and the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash that left a husband and father of two in critical condition in Norwalk, authorities said Monday. The collision occurred about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Fairford Avenue near Ratliffe Street, where 26-year-old Efren Virgen was struck by a “party bus” that kept on going. He was dragged more than 200 feet and was left with major injuries, including a crushed pelvis. A witness came to Virgen’s aid and called […]

  • Hit-and-run victim Efren Virgen, 26, is seen with his wife and one of their two children in a family photo.

    Search Continues for Driver of ‘Party Bus’ That Dragged Hit-and-Run Victim More Than 200 Feet in Norwalk

    The search continued Sunday for the driver of a “party bus” that struck a man in a Norwalk hit-and-run, dragging him more than 200 feet and leaving him with major injuries, according to authorities. The victim, identified by family members as 26-year-old Efren Virgen, remained hospitalized in critical condition at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. “He’s very precious to us. We’re a very tight family,” said the man’s sister, Catalina Rolon Virgen. “For this to happen to him … […]

  • A bomb squad robot responds near Hollywood and Highland, where a man said his vehicle contained explosives on Feb. 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Claiming to Have Explosives in Car, Prompts Bomb Squad Response, Street Closures in Hollywood

    A man who arrested after driving erratically in Hollywood told police he had explosives in his vehicle, prompting a bomb squad response and the temporary closure of streets near Hollywood & Highland Thursday. The individual, identified as 31-year-old Pharoah Gillis, was seen at about 11 a.m. driving erratically near the shopping complex — close to the site of Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. Video sent to KTLA by a witness showed a vehicle that appeared to be a black Volkswagen Jetta […]

  • Police Seek 3 Men Who Work As Team to Steal Cash While Store Clerk Is Distracted

    Authorities were searching Wednesday for three Black men who were caught on video robbing a series of grocery stores in the Mission Hills area. Nerissa Knight reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.

  • A stolen car suspect surrendered after a two-hour standoff with police in Burbank on Feb. 17, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Standoff With Burbank Police Ends With Arrest of Stolen Car Suspect

    A two-hour-long standoff in Burbank between police and a man inside a stolen car ended Tuesday when the man, clad in only red shorts, exited the car and was arrested. Shortly after 3 p.m., a man inside a stolen vehicle refused to get out of the car when officers stopped him near the intersection of Third Street and Magnolia Boulevard, according to the Burbank Police Department. SWAT and mental health evaluation teams arrived to coax the man out of the […]