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
  • The scene at the upscale Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells is usually more serene than during a brawl over the weekend involving government officials at a convention. (Credit; Lori Basheda/Los Angeles Times)

    Brawl Breaks Out At Convention for Local Government Officials at Indian Wells Resort

    A conference of local government officials from across California erupted into violence over the weekend when several attendees began throwing punches, with at least one person apparently knocked unconscious, according to five witnesses to the incident. A spokesman with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that a brawl at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa had been reported to police around 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Seven people were involved in “an altercation and physical battery,” said Deputy Mike Vasquez. Police […]

  • A motorcyclist died and a good Samaritan who stopped to help him was critically injured in a chain-reaction crash in Lancaster on May 19, 2019. (Credit: DonLuisMeza Video)

    1 Dead After Pickup Truck Crashes Into Motorcycle, Then Vehicle Slams Into Woman Trying to Help in Lancaster

    A vehicle slammed into a woman who was standing over a motorcyclist that was stuck under a pickup truck and died after a traffic collision she had just witnessed  in Lancaster early Sunday morning, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said. Four different vehicles were involved in the fatal pile-up in the area of 15th Street East and Avenue I, authorities said. A red pickup truck ended up on top of a motorcycle after the two collided at around 1:30 a.m. […]

  • A file photo from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a coyote.

    Culver City Officials Approve $210,000 Coyote Management Program

    Officials uneasy with the number of pets being attacked and killed by coyotes in Culver City approved a $210,000 study and management program Monday night. Residents have spotted coyotes all over the city, but areas like Carlson Park, Culver Crest and Blair Hills seem to be among the favorite sites for wandering coyotes. “We documented 50 deaths of animals where there were still enough of the remains so that we could identify them,” Gelli Harris of the group Save Our […]

  • Deputies investigate the scene where detectives say a father shot an intruder during a home break-in in Lancaster on May 12, 2019. (Credit: DonLuisMeza Video)

    Lancaster Father Shoots, Kills Home Intruder: Officials

    A Lancaster man shot and killed a burglar in defense of himself and his family during a home break-in early Sunday, officials said. The burglary and shooting took place shortly before 6:45 a.m. at a house in the 45100 block of Loma Vista Drive, according to Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau. A man, his wife and their children were at home when they were startled by “loud banging noises,” sheriff’s officials said. “The […]

  • Benny and Jesse Felix Zuniga of Highland Park appear in images provided by their family on May 5, 2019.

    2 Sought in Caught-on-Camera Crash That Killed 2 Brothers in Highland Park

    Two people remained at large after fleeing the scene of a crash that killed two brothers in a residential street in Highland Park early Sunday. The victims—identified by family members as brothers Benny and Jesse Felix Zuniga, 25 and 19—were traveling west on Pollard Street in a white Ford Fusion around 1 a.m. when a pickup truck heading north on San Pascual Avenue slammed into them, pushing their vehicle onto three or four parked cars, according to Los Angeles police. […]

  • A glass container housing the cremated ashes of a man's wife, as well as wedding rings, were among items stolen during a burglary in Monrovia on May 3, 2019. (Credit: Donny Arthur)

    Wedding Rings, Cremated Ashes of Man’s Wife Stolen in Monrovia Burglary

    A Monrovia man mourning the death of his wife lost her cremated remains, along with their wedding rings, in a home break-in on Friday. The thief or thieves broke into the home about 11:30 a.m. Friday in the 300 block of East Foothill Boulevard, Monrovia Police Department Lt. Patty Newton said. Several items were taken in the break-in, but some of them were irreplaceable. The cremated ashes of his wife, which were stored in a glass, heart-shaped container, as well […]

  • Police investigate a shooting in Carson on April 30, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman in Critical Condition After Being Found in Parked Car With Gunshot Wound in Carson

    A woman is in critical condition after being found with a gunshot wound in Carson Tuesday night. A caller reported a shooting in the 23300 block of Maribel Avenue about 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Romeo Pascual said. Arriving officers found a woman inside a parked car who had been shot in the face. It was unclear how many shots were fired in the incident. “All we know of is the one that hit her. There might […]

  • Poway Mayor Steve Vaus' wife Corrie Vaus wipes tears away as she listens to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein describe the shooting during a candleight vigil for the victim of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue shooting on April 28, 2019, in Poway, California. (Credit: Sandy Huffaker/AFP/Getty Images)

    Hundreds Gather at Vigil to Honor Victims of Poway Synagogue Shooting

    Hundreds of people gathered Sunday night at a park for a vigil to honor the victims of an attack on a synagogue the day before. People at the community park near Chabad synagogue in Poway held candles and listened to prayer in Hebrew. Leaders asked community members to do acts of kindness to remember Lori Kaye, 60, a longtime member of the synagogue who was killed in Saturday’s attack. Mayor Steve Vaus said he would stand with the community, and […]

  • A woman and a girl place notes on a light post near flowers across the street from the Chabad of Poway Synagogue after a shooting on April 27, 2019. (Credit: SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Worshippers Recall Poway Synagogue Shooting That Left 1 Dead, 3 Injured

    When gunfire erupted inside a Southern California synagogue on the last day of Passover, Shimon Abitbul recalls he immediately placed his 2-year-old grandson on the floor and waited for a break in the shooting to grab the boy and sprint away. Then Abitbul ran back to the shooting scene to try to help a woman he described as having a hole in her chest and who later died, he said, tears streaming down his face as he spoke Sunday outside […]

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