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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
  • Beachgoers in Marina del Rey talk about the positive effect the drought has left on the water quality at local beaches on Aug. 29, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Drought Reducing Germs at SoCal Beaches

    Many of the beaches around Southern California have less bacteria floating around thanks in part to the long-standing drought,  environmental data shows. The majority of area beaches currently have lower levels of germs and contaminants because of lack of rain and less polluted runoff, according to a report from the Environmental Protection Agency.  In 2015 there were 762 beach advisories in San Diego County, but the trend is declining, the EPA reported . Currently a total of 97 Southern California […]

  • A Fullerton firefighter is taken on a gurney to an ambulance after falling off a ladder while battling a blaze on Aug. 28, 2016. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

    Family of 7 Displaced, Firefighter Injured in Fullerton Apartment Blaze

    A family of seven was displaced and a firefighter was injured early Sunday in an apartment blaze in Fullerton, officials said. The fire was reported about 2:15 a.m. in the 1500 block of Welldow Lane. The blaze apparently began in the kitchen but had spread to the second floor and two other units when firefighters arrived and flames were shooting out of a window, video from the scene showed. Rogail Oaiad told KTLA his 16-year-old daughter saw flames shooting out from […]

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    Grant Rea Park in Montebello Reopens Following Coyote Attacks

    Grant Rea Park in Montebello was open to visitors again Saturday after closing for four days earlier this month after concerns over coyote attacks. But one neighbor is on high alert after his dog “Pinkie” was found dead early Saturday. Orlando Contreras believes the dog, who was a member of his family for 10 years, was mauled and killed overnight by a coyote. He said he has reported the death to Montebello Police and the California Department of Fish and […]

  • Three big rigs were involved in a crash on the 710 Freeway in Long Beach on Aug. 24, 2016. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Lanes Reopen After 3 Big Rigs Collide on 710 Freeway in Long Beach; 2 Drivers Hospitalized

    Three big rigs were involved in a collision on the 710 Freeway in Long Beach early Wednesday morning, which prompted an hourslong shut down of all southbound lanes. The crash occurred about 12:30 a.m. just north of the Willow Street off-ramp, said Public Information Officer Jake Heflin with the Long Beach Fire Department. The big rigs collided when one of the trucks had apparently stopped due to heavy traffic and the other two trucks could not slow down in time, said […]

  • A broken water main flooded streets in Beverly Grove on Aug. 23, 2016. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Broken Water Main Floods Streets, Closes Businesses in Beverly Grove

    A broken water main flooded streets and forced several businesses to close in Beverly Grove Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to the 8200 block of Melrose Avenue when the water main burst about 1 a.m. Video showed water flowing through the street before Los Angeles Department of Water and Power crews managed to shut off the valve. Melrose had to be shut down in both directions due to the damage to the roadway near the water main break. Area businesses […]

  • An image from surveillance video shows the stabbing of two Cal State Fullerton students on Aug. 21, 2016.

    Cal State Fullerton Officials Issue Statement on Stabbing of 2 Students Near Fraternity Row; Surveillance Footage Released

    California State University, Fullerton officials issued a statement on Monday after surveillance footage of the stabbing of two students near the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity house was released. The university’s primary concern at this time is with the continued recovery of our students and with supporting law enforcement in their investigation,” said Paula Selleck, Associate Director of News Media Services, in an e-mail. Two male students were stabbed on Sunday during an altercation with two possible attackers in an alley near 2117 […]

  • Two Cal State Fullerton students were stabbed in an alleyway on Aug. 21, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Cal State Fullerton Students Stabbed on Fraternity Row; Attackers Sought

    Two Cal State Fullerton students were stabbed near the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity house on Sunday morning, according to the university’s police department. The students were stabbed during an altercation with two possible attackers in an alley near 2117 Teri Place, close to the north side of campus, a news release from Cal State Fullerton University Police stated. The victims, both identified only as male students, were believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, said university police Capt. Williams. The […]

  • A car driven by a man who allegedly struck and killed a woman and two children in Placentia on Aug. 20, 2016 remains at the scene of the crash. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

    Woman, 2 Kids Struck and Killed in Placentia Crash; Man Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

    A woman and her two children were struck and killed by a vehicle in Placentia Saturday night as they were leaving a birthday party, and a man was arrested on suspicion of murder and driving under the influence, officials said. The victims have been identified as Patricia Santiago Ventura, 33, and her daughters Diana Ledezma, 3, and Stephanie Ledezma, 7. The incident occurred about 10:20 p.m. in the 800 block of West La Jolla Street, when Placentia Police officers who were in […]

  • Fire burns on the train tracks near Interstate 15 at Keenbrook in San Bernardino County. (Credit: Marcus Yam/ Los Angeles Times)

    Blue Cut Fire 73 Percent Contained; Wrightwood Residents Allowed to Return Home

    The Blue Cut Fire that has scorched through nearly 58 square miles in San Bernardino County and destroyed 105 homes is now 73 percent contained, officials said Saturday night. Residents in the Wrightwood were allowed to return home Saturday afternoon as the evacuations in that area were downgraded to voluntary. Residents will need to verify their identity at the 138 and 2 freeways, officials said. The acreage grew slightly overnight to 37,020 acres. San Bernardino County Fire Department officials announced Friday that 96 single-family homes […]