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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
  • An investigation was underway after a triple shooting left one dead at a gas station in Riverside on June 25, 2016. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    1 Dead, 2 Injured After Shooting at Riverside Gas Station

    Three people were shot, one fatally, at a gas station parking lot in Riverside early Saturday, police said. Nerissa Knight reports from Riverside for the KTLA 5 Morning News on June 25, 2016.

  • A home is destroyed by wildfire in Lake Isabella on June 23, 2016. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

    2 Dead, About 30,000 Acres Burned in Erskine Fire in Lake Isabella; Gov. Brown Issues State of Emergency

    An out-of-control, wind-driven wildfire burning in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County has left two people dead, destroyed about 100 homes and has grown to about 30,000 acres in less than a day, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to issue a state of emergency in the area. The two fatalities were confirmed by the Kern County Fire Department about noon Friday. A man and a woman were found outside one of the homes that burned down, and it appears that they were trying to get […]

  • A man wanted for trying to sexually assault and beating a woman in Hollywood is shown in a surveillance still provided by LAPD.

    Man Tried to Sexually Assault 80-Year-Old in Her Hollywood Apartment: LAPD

    Police are looking for a man who apparently randomly targeted an 80-year-old woman, attempting to sexually assault her and leaving her severely beaten in her apartment in Hollywood, LAPD announced Wednesday. The assault occurred early Saturday morning, June 18, at the woman’s apartment complex near Hollywood Boulevard and Ivar Avenue, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release. The assailant, who was captured on two surveillance video cameras in the complex, took the elevator to the upper floors of the […]

  • The Sherpa Fire, which broke out west of Goleta on June 15, 2016, burns on a hillside in Santa Barbara County. (Credit: KTLA)

    Sherpa Fire in Santa Barbara County Spreads to 7,893 Acres; Containment Increases to 51%

    Three firefighters suffered heat-related injuries Sunday while battling a raging wildfire in Santa Barbara County, as crews continued to make progress against the blaze despite unfavorable conditions. More than 2,000 firefighters have been assigned to the Sherpa Fire, also called the Scherpa Fire, which has burned 7,893 acres and was 51 percent contained, according to the latest estimates released by the county on Sunday evening. “The fire managers consider this a sleeping giant at the moment,” said Jim Schwarber, a spokesman for the […]

  • The Sherpa Fire has burned more than 7,000 acres as of June 18, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Sherpa Fire: Hundreds of Structures Threatened as Santa Barbara County Wildfire Grows to 7,800 Acres

    A massive wildfire burning in Santa Barbara County that has already scorched thousands of acres likely will not be fully contained until the middle of next week, officials said Saturday. The so-called “Sherpa Fire” has burned approximately 7,811 acres, according to the latest estimate from county officials, provided shortly after 5 p.m. Crews appeared to be making steady progress against the blaze, which was 45 percent contained by 11:30 a.m., a Santa Barbara County fire official tweeted. Earlier in the morning, […]

  • Three people were killed on the 405 Freeway in a crash in Carson on June 17, 2016. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Good Samaritans Who Stopped at Crash Site on 405 Freeway in Carson Killed in 2nd Collision; 2 ID’d

    Two of three men who were killed in a crash after getting out of their vehicles at the site of another collision on the 405 Freeway in Carson were identified Friday afternoon. Phearin Ath, a 34-year-old Taiwanese man, and Richard Mau Le, a 31-year-old Asian man from Long Beach, were identified, a Los Angeles County coroner’s office representative said. The identity of a third victim, a white man in his 20s, was being withheld pending family notification. The initial collision occurred about 1 […]

  • Twelve of the 49 victims in the Orlando nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016 are seen in this image. From left to right starting at the top are Luis S Vielma, Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, Juan Ramon Guerrero, Stanley Almodovar III, Enrique Rios, Amanda Alvear, Mercedez Flores, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, Edward Sotomayor Jr., Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo and  Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon.

    Orlando Mass Shooting: Who Were the Victims?

    A barista, a bouncer and an accountant. While different in so many ways, they have one thing in common: They lost their lives in the deadliest mass shooting in the United States. Late Monday, the name of the last unidentified victim in Sunday’s massacre at a club in Orlando was released. He was identified by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer as 25-year-old Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez. Other victim’s include Edward Sotomayor, a popular travel planner nicknamed “top hat Eddie” for the black […]

  • James Wesley Howell is seen in a booking photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department after his arrest on June 12, 2016.

    Man With Arsenal of Weapons, Chemicals Who Said He Wanted to Go to L.A. Pride Fest Arrested in Santa Monica: Police

    A “heavily armed” man who told police he wanted to go the L.A. Pride festival was arrested in Santa Monica, authorities said Sunday, the same day as the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando. Officers responded to the 1700 block of 11th Street, near Olympic Boulevard, after residents reported a possible prowler shortly around 5 a.m., according to Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks and a news release from the department. The […]

  • Monique Figueroa

    Tip Leads Detectives to Field in Pearblossom in Search for Young Mother Who Vanished Last Year

    Detectives acting on a “credible” tip were searching a vacant field in Pearblossom Friday for the possible remains of a young mother who vanished without a trace one year ago. Monique Figueroa was last seen leaving her home in Littlerock for a visit to the Florence area of Los Angeles on May 19, 2015. The 28-year-old was never heard from again. One year later, investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department received information that a body might be buried […]