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
  • Omar Munoz, 25, was fatally shot in San Fernando on Aug. 15, 2019. He is seen in an undated photo provided to KTLA.

    Man Shot Dead in San Fernando Had Proposed to Girlfriend Just Days Earlier, His Fiancee’s Mother Says

    In the days before he was shot to death in San Fernando, Omar Munoz had asked his girlfriend to marry him, the woman’s mother said Friday. Munoz, 25, was identified by loved ones as the man who authorities say was found fatally shot in the 300 block of Harps Street on Thursday night. He was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds when San Fernando police officers responded to the scene just after 9:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s […]

  • Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) listens as acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan testifies before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on July 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib Rejects Israel’s Permit, Says She Won’t Visit West Bank Relatives

    Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Friday she would not visit Israel after the country granted permission for her to enter the country on humanitarian grounds to visit her family in the West Bank a day after blocking her and fellow Rep. Ilhan Omar from visiting the country. “I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in–fighting against racism, oppression & injustice,” Tlaib said in a tweet. In a statement released shortly after her tweet, she said […]

  • Michael Gargiulo sits with his defense attorney Daniel Nardoni during closing arguments of his murder trial. (Credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times)

    ‘Hollywood Ripper’ Trial: Jury Finds Man Guilty of Murdering 2 Women, Attempting to Kill Another

    The Latest on a verdict in a California serial killing case (all times local): 11:15 a.m. A jury has found a man described by prosecutors as a serial killer guilty of fatally stabbing two women and attempting to kill a third in their Southern California homes. The Los Angeles jury returned the verdict Thursday against 43-year-old Michael Gargiulo. He was charged with the murder of 22-year-old Ashley Ellerin in her Hollywood home in 2001 on a night when she was […]

  • Officer Andre Moye appears in a photo released by the California Highway Patrol on Aug. 13, 2019.

    Ceremony in Sacramento Pays Tribute to CHP Officer Killed in Riverside Traffic Stop

    Bells tolled Wednesday during a solemn California Highway Patrol ceremony for an officer killed when a motorist he pulled over for a traffic stop grabbed a rifle and opened fire in a shooting rampage that wounded two more officers. The tribute for Andre Moye, Jr. at the highway patrol’s academy in the city of West Sacramento replaced the agency’s plan to celebrate its 90th anniversary, the highway patrol said in a statement. Authorities were still investigating what prompted Aaron Luther, […]

  • Officers handcuff a man suspected in a series of attacks that left at least four people dead in Garden Grove on Aug. 7, 2019. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    ‘Pure Hate’ Apparently Drove Man Who Went on O.C. Stabbing, Robbery Rampage That Killed 4, Injured 2

    A man apparently “full of anger” stabbed four people to death and wounded two others in a robbery rampage that started in Garden Grove and stretched into Santa Ana before he was arrested Wednesday night, the Garden Grove Police Department said. The suspect was identified Thursday as 33-year-old Zachary Castaneda, a “documented gang member,” police told KTLA. Authorities were still trying to contact the families of the victims and piece together a motive for the attacks. “It’s just pure hate […]

  • Police respond to a deadly stabbing that was part of a violent rampage in Garden Grove on Aug. 8, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    3 of 4 Victims Fatally Stabbed During Violent Rampage in O.C. Are Identified 

    Three of four people fatally stabbed during a violent rampage in Orange County Wednesday have been identified. One of two men fatally stabbed at an apartment complex in Garden Grove was identified as Helmuth Hauprich, 62. A man who was stabbed to death at a Subway restaurant in Santa Ana was identified as Pascual Rioja Lorenzo, 39, of Garden Grove. A man who was killed at a 7-Eleven in Santa Ana was identified as Robert Ray Parker, 58, of Orange. […]

  • Woman Found Fatally Stabbed Inside Garden Grove Home; Police Seek Her Son as Person of Interest

    Investigators on Wednesday are looking for the adult son of a 62-year-old woman found dead inside a room they rented in a Garden Grove condominium, according to police. Garden Grove police responded to a call about a possible dead person at a residential complex at 14090 Flower St. around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, Lt. Carl Whitney told KTLA. They arrived at the scene to find the victim with multiple stab wounds inside a bedroom in a condominium, which the victim shared […]

  • Juan Jose Diaz appears in a photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department on July 27, 2019.

    Suspects Charged in Killing of LAPD Officer Juan Diaz Shot at Others the Same Night: Police

    A man accused of killing Los Angeles Police Department Officer Juan Diaz outside a taco stand in Lincoln Heights after the policeman and a friend told him to stop tagging a sidewalk has been charged with murder, authorities said Tuesday. Diaz, 24, was off-duty when he was gunned down near Avenue 26 and Humboldt Street around 1 a.m. on July 27. But those accused of killing him were involved in a series of other crimes that same night, including another […]

  • People pray beside a makeshift memorial outside the Cielo Vista Mall Wal-Mart where a shooting left 20 people dead in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 4, 2019. (Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

    El Paso Death Toll Rises to 22 After 2 Victims Die Monday, Officials Say

    The Texas border city jolted by a weekend massacre at a Walmart absorbed more grief Monday as the death toll climbed to 22 and prepared for a visit from President Donald Trump over anger from El Paso residents and local Democratic leaders who say he isn’t welcome and should stay away. El Paso Mayor Dee Margo announced at a news conference that Trump planned to visit Wednesday, and in an early sign of emotions already running high, immediately defended the […]

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