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.

She is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists, including with the local Los Angeles chapter.

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
  • A family photo shows Joseph McStay, his wife Summer and sons Gianni and Joseph.

    Charles Merritt Sentenced to Death for Killing McStay Family, Burying Their Bodies in Mojave Desert

    A Southern California man was sentenced to death Tuesday for the 10-year-old killings of a family of four whose bodies were found buried in shallow graves in the California desert. Charles “Chase” Merritt was convicted in June of killing his former business associate Joseph McStay, McStay’s wife, Summer, and their 4- and 3-year-old sons, Gianni and Joseph Jr. Prosecutors say he bludgeoned them with a sledgehammer. The family disappeared without a trace in February 2010. Their bodies were not found […]

  • Two people, including a 12-year-old boy, were hurt in a hit-and-run collision in El Monte on Jan. 18, 2020. (Credit: RMG News)

    12-Year-Old Boy Critically Injured, 2nd Person Also Hurt in El Monte Hit-and-Run

    A 12-year-old boy was critically injured and a second person was hospitalized in unknown condition following hit-and-run crash involving a minivan and an SUV in El Monte, officials said Sunday. A Toyota Sienna and a Chevy Suburban collided about 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Garvey and Lexington avenues, according to El Monte Police Department and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials. The child, who was initially believed to have been thrown from the Toyota, was taken to a hospital in critical […]

  • Marchers fill Pershing Sqaure during the Women's March on Jan. 18, 2020 in downtown Los Angeles. (Credit: APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images)

    Crowds Flood Downtown L.A. Streets for 4th Annual Women’s March

    Donning their iconic pink knit pussyhats, women and their allies are gathering Saturday across the United States for the fourth annual Women’s March. In downtown Los Angeles, participants gathered at Pershing Square to hear Reps. Maxine Waters and Karen Bass, California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred  speak at a 9 a.m. rally. Tracee Lee Cocco, who played a lieutenant on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” encouraged people to vote. “I’m here for all the women,” […]

  • Residents discuss homelessness-related issues during a meeting in Venice on Jan. 16, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

    Venice Residents Gather to Discuss Homelessness Issues, New Restrictions

    Venice residents gathered at a meeting Thursday to demand action on what they say are growing problems related to homelessness. The Venice Neighborhood Council’s Homeless Committee was scheduled to consider legislation to limit people “sit, lie or sleep,” within the city. The motion to change Venice’s municipal code calls to prohibit sitting, lying and sleeping in circumstances including when within 15 feet of an entrance, exit driveway or loading dock; when restricting passage; and when within 500 feet of a […]

  • South L.A. family gate damaged after apparent hit-and-run.

    South L.A. Family Captures Video of Apparent Hit-and-Run That Damaged Their Front Gate

    A couple in South Los Angeles is seeking answers after surveillance video outside of their home captured a car that appeared to hit a bicyclist on purpose early Tuesday morning. Paula McAdams was awakened by a loud noise of a car that “was coming really fast”, she told KTLA. Video from outside of the McAdams’ home located in the 6500 block of South Hoover Avenue, shows a car miss a bicyclist that was on the sidewalk, but then the car […]

  • New LAX People Mover breaks ground on Jan. 13, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAX Hopes New ‘People Mover’ Will Help Alleviate Airport Traffic

    The Los Angeles International Airport has unveiled plans for a new project that will help alleviate the well-known congestion travelers experience at the airport. LAX introduced the “People Mover,” which they hope will help with the pain of traffic that surrounds the airport. Nerissa Knight reports for KTLA 5 News on Jan. 13, 2020.

  • Dayvon Taylor, 6, pictured in an undated photo provided by family.

    6-Year-Old South L.A. Boy Allegedly Beaten to Death by Coach Laid to Rest

    Family members gathered in Inglewood Saturday to lay to rest a 6-year-old South Los Angeles boy who was allegedly beaten to death by a man described as an elementary school coach last month. Dayvon “DayDay” Taylor was in the care of 23-year-old Tyler D’Shaun Martin-Brand when he suffered injuries that ultimately led to his death later in the day at a hospital, according to Downey Police Department officials and prosecutors. “(Taylor) died on Dec. 26 after allegedly being severely beaten […]

  • Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, second from left, and L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino, far left, talk to a resident of A Bridge Home project during a tour of the Watts facility on Jan. 10, 2020. (Credit: CNN)

    Dueling for Votes in L.A., Buttigieg Promises Help for Homeless on Heels of Biden’s Garcetti Endorsement

    Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg chased California votes on Friday in dueling events, looking to sway Democrats in the state that delivers the largest haul of delegates in the presidential contest. Appearing at a short-term housing complex for the homeless, Buttigieg promised a new era of help for people living on the streets, while Biden sought to upstage the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor with a formal endorsement from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti attended by firefighters. The endorsement was […]

  • Official respond to a shooting in Pomona on Jan. 4, 2020. (Credit:

    Family of Mother and Son Shot During Pomona Robbery Speaks Out, Son Remains in Critical Condition

    The family of a woman and her adult son with special needs who were wounded during a shooting and robbery in Pomona over the weekend are seeking justice, as the man who was wounded in the shooting remained hospitalized in very critical condition Thursday. The attack took place about 9:30 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of South Buena Vista Avenue, Pomona Police Department officials said. When the attackers pistol-whipped the woman, her son came to her aid, family said. […]

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