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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.

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
  • Firefighters battle a wildfire near homes in Sylmar on Oct. 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Saddleridge Fire Tears Through the San Fernando Valley Amid High Winds; Mandatory Evacuations Issued

    A brush fire ignited near homes in Sylmar late Thursday, threatening homes and prompting evacuations, authorities said.hopef The Saddleridge Fire broke out shortly after 9 p.m. along the 210 Freeway, near Yarnell Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The flames consumed more than 4,600 acres by 3 a.m. Friday, burning uphill, fanned by heavy Santa Ana winds,” fire officials said. Firefighters had yet to establish any containment lines. An “unknown number” of homes were potentially in the path […]

  • Firefighters at Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 150 in Santa Clarita stand on high alert on Oct. 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Nearly 13,000 SCE Customers in SoCal Without Power as Red Flag Warnings Take Effect

    Southern California Edison shut off power in parts of L.A., Ventura, San Bernardino and Kern counties Thursday as part of a statewide effort to prevent wildfires amid windy and dry weather conditions. About 12,900 customers have had their service cut as of noon, according to the utility: Kern County Tehachapi Unincorporated communities of Bird Springs, Horse Canyon, Loraine, Sand Canyon and Twin Oaks Los Angeles County Palmdale Unincorporated communities of Agua Dulce and Acton, Boiling Point, White Heather Unincorporated communities […]

  • The Sandalwood Fire burning in Calimesa sends smoke across northern Riverside County on Oct. 10, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Powerful Santa Ana Winds, Wildfires Creating Hazardous Air Quality in Parts of SoCal

    The strong Santa Ana winds tearing through Southern California have fanned multiple brush fires, creating very unhealthy air quality from windblown dust and ash. Air quality was the worst in the Inland Empire Thursday afternoon, with air in an area centered on Corona considered hazardous, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The agency issued a dust advisory through Friday afternoon for areas of Riverside, Orange and San Bernardino counties. The areas expected to suffer the worst effects […]

  • Harley Medellin practices with his football teammates at Golden Valley High School in Santa Clarita in October 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    High School Football Player in Santa Clarita Who Lost Arm as Child Inspires Community

    Harley Medellin was less than 3 weeks old when he lost his left arm after a driver fleeing police hit his parents’ SUV. Now 16, he’s a wide receiver for Golden Valley High School’s football team in Santa Clarita. His teammates describe him as a hard worker and a good friend. “Harley is one of the most inspirational players on our team,” says his coach, Dan Kelley. “He lifts more weight than most of our players.” Harley has no memory […]

  • Marco Antonio "Tonito" Vasquez is seen in an image provided by a family member.

    Deputies Shoot Man Dead After He Advanced on Them With Knife in Whittier Area: LASD

    Deputies responding to the second of two disturbance calls at the same location in the Whittier area Sunday night shot and killed a man they say came at them with a knife. The initial call came in about 8:10 p.m. reporting a man with a machete yelling and pounding on windows in the 8200 block of Rexall Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. A mental health team arrived at the scene and determined the […]

  • A traveller pulls his bags while walking past an LAX sign at Los Angeles International Airport. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

    To Ease Curbside Traffic, LAX Will Direct Ride-Hailing and Taxi Passengers to a New Pickup Lot Starting Oct. 29

    By the end of October, travelers leaving the Los Angeles International Airport through a ride-hailing service or a taxi will have to be picked up at a new designated lot. Airport officials said the new pickup location, dubbed “LAX-it,” will open on Oct. 29 and is aimed at alleviating congestion in the central terminal area until the 2023 opening of a new train system that would directly connect passengers from terminals to L.A. Metro lines. The ban on curbside service […]

  • Uber & Lyft drivers are seen protesting for higher wages. (Credit: KTLA)

    Labor Protests Impact Traffic at LAX

    Planned labor protests at Los Angeles International Airport are expected to increase traffic delays for travelers Wednesday morning. Christina Pascucci and Nerissa Knight report for KTLA 5 News on Oct. 2, 2019.

  • A portion of Cooper Road was blocked off near Ramona Elementary School after a boy was killed and two others injured when they were hit by a van on Sept. 30, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    8-Year-Old Boy Dies, 2nd Child and Woman Injured After Being Hit by Van Near Oxnard School

    An 8-year-old boy has died, and another child and a woman were injured after all three were hit by a van while they were headed to a school in Oxnard on Monday morning, police said. About 7:40 a.m., the victims were in a crosswalk at Cooper Road and Anita Avenue when they were struck by a van outside Ramona Elementary School, according to Cmdr. Luis McArthur of the Oxnard Police Department. They were on their way to Cesar Chavez Elementary […]

  • Noah Cuatro is seen with his parents, Jose Cuatro and Ursula Juarez, in an undated photo from Juarez’s Facebook page.

    Noah Cuatro’s Parents Arrested on Suspicion of Killing the Palmdale 4-Year-Old

    The parents of a 4-year-old Palmdale boy who died under suspicious circumstances in July have been arrested, authorities said Thursday. Noah Cuatro’s parents initially told law enforcement the boy drowned at a Palmdale community pool on July 5, but authorities later said signs of trauma inconsistent with drowning were found on his body. Some of the injuries were consistent with possible abuse. He was pronounced dead the following morning at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Jose Cuatro and Ursula Juarez were […]

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