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
  • Christian Medrano appears in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page created on Dec. 9, 2019.

    Missing 17-Year-Old Boy From East L.A. Found Shot to Death Near First Street Bridge

    A teenage boy from East Los Angeles was found shot to death hours after he was reported missing last week, authorities said Tuesday. Christian Medrano, 17, was pronounced dead beneath Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, “near mile marker 482.6,” at 6:17 p.m. on Dec. 5, according to the coroner’s office. Medrano was found next to railroad tracks near the First Street Bridge, his family said. Detectives that evening had responded near Kearny and Myers streets in Boyle Heights involving the death […]

  • A nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as separated as refugees in cages, pictured on Dec. 8, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Nativity Scene Outside Claremont Church Depicts Jesus, Mary and Joseph as Refugees Separated in Cages

    A Methodist church in Claremont unveiled a nativity scene Saturday night depicting Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages, likening one of the most well-known images of the Christmas season to photos that have become synonymous with criticism of the Trump administration’s border separation policies. The display, which has stoked debate on the Facebook page of the church’s lead pastor, shows classic nativity figurines of Joseph and Mary in cages on either side of a cage containing the manger […]

  • Katy Perry arrives at the 102.7 KIIS FM Jingle Ball at The Forum in Inglewood on Dec. 6, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball Rings in the Season With Music at The Forum in Inglewood

    Some of pop music’s biggest names, including Katy Perry, Lio, Billy Eilish and Halsey, brought the crowd to its feet Friday as they rung in the holiday season at 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball. The 6th annual concert, which is on a national tour, echoed through The Forum in Inglewood. Nerissa Knight reports for the KTLA 5 News on Dec. 6, 2019.

  • Suspect in Bail Bondsman’s Fatal Shooting Killed During SWAT Shootout in San Bernardino

    A gunman being sought in the fatal shooting of a bail bondsman at a Moreno Valley hotel earlier this week was killed during a shootout with SWAT officers in San Bernardino Thursday. Riverside County deputies went to a Days Inn in San Bernardino in the morning to search for 41-year-old Chad Green of Riverside, according to San Bernardino police, who are investigating Thursday’s shooting. Green was wanted on a warrant in connection with the death of James Black. Black, a […]

  • Snow fell in Wrightwood on Dec. 4, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Storm Brings Fresh Snow to Southern California Mountains

    Southern California mountains received another round of snow as an atmospheric river took aim at the region on Wednesday. Nerissa Knight reports from Wrightwood for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Dec. 4, 2019. There is the possibility of snow in the mountains. We want to remind everyone of a few things when you are planning your commute. So listen up! Tips are in the thread! pic.twitter.com/26bw08GiI4 — Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) December 4, 2019

  • An officer stands at the scene of a homicide investigation in Griffith Park in Los Angeles on Dec. 2, 2019.

    Discovery of Body Parts in Griffith Park Prompts Investigation

    A hiker discovered dismembered human body parts in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park Monday morning, and police said an animal may have gotten to the individual’s remains. The body was found decapitated when Los Angeles Police Department officers were called to the area of Griffith Park Drive and Camp Road at 9:01 a.m., according to LAPD. LAPD launched a homicide investigation earlier in the morning but later said it’s considered an undetermined death investigation. Detectives raised the possibility the person may […]

  • The Norwegian Joy is docked at the Port of Los Angeles on Dec. 1, 2019, when more than a dozen people aboard were reported ill. (Credit: KTLA)

    Cruise Ship Passengers Reported Sick at Port of L.A. After Similar Incident 1 Week Earlier

    Several guests aboard a cruise ship at the Port of Los Angeles were evaluated by paramedics Sunday morning for flu-like symptoms — a week after a similar incident led to hospitalizations. The L.A. Fire Department was dispatched to the luxury ship dubbed the “Norwegian Joy” following an initial call to first responders at 5:10 a.m., when the boat had yet to arrive to the port, according to the department. Authorities initially said 20 people fell ill but later said just […]

  • Traffic comes to a halt on the northbound and the southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway near LAX on Nov. 23, 2011. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    Thanksgiving Holiday Travel: Here Are the Best and Worst Times to Drive in Los Angeles

    Tens of millions of Americans are expected to take to the roads and skies to get to their Thanksgiving destinations this week, including nearly 50 million traveling by car, according to AAA. At an estimated 55.3 million, the total amount of Thanksgiving holiday travelers represents the highest volume since 2005; it is also the second-highest amount since the Auto Club began tracking figures in 2000. About 1.6 million more people are expected to go 50 miles or more from home […]

  • Firefighters are seen after putting out a fire at a home in Rancho Cucamonga on Nov. 17, 2019. (Credit: Inland News)

    Man Found Dead Inside Burning Rancho Cucamonga Home

    Authorities are investigating after firefighters found a man dead inside a burning Rancho Cucamonga home late Saturday night, officials said. A fire erupted at the two-story house on the 8400 block of Greenleaf Lane at about 11:31 p.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Firefighters were working to put out the flames when they found the body, the department said. Authorities have not identified the victim. It’s unclear how the man died or what ignited […]

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