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Nerissa Knight was a reporter for KTLA 5 News in Los Angeles. She left the station in June 2017.

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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.

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
  • Relocation of 15 Airlines in Central Terminal Area of LAX Continues

    Work continued Saturday morning on a massive reorganization of airline terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, the nation’s second-busiest commercial airport. But officials said that the relocation of 15 airlines, which began late Friday night and will continue over the next five days, was on schedule and had not encountered any major problems. The effort involves moving Delta Air Lines from Terminals 5 and 6 to Terminals 2 and 3 and shifting 14 other carriers into the facilities vacated by […]

  • 2 Killed in Fiery Crash After Police Pursuit in Hollywood: LAPD

    Two people were killed after the vehicle they were in crashed into a tree and burst into flames in Hollywood while they were apparently fleeing police, Los Angeles Police officials said Sunday. The crash was reported about 2 a.m. when police spotted a car that had been reported stolen. Officers attempted to stop the driver, but the person sped off. Witnesses at the scene said the driver was going about 70 mph before the person crashed near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard […]

  • Southern California Residents Recover From Storm, Brace for More Rainfall

    Showers were expected to hit Southern California throughout the day Sunday as crews in recent burn areas were working to limit the damage of rainfall from the day before. Nerissa Knight reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on May 7, 2017.

  • 13-Year-Old Girl Fatally Struck by Bus in Redondo Beach Identified, Described as Having the ‘Greatest Personality’

    A 13-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a MTA bus while riding her bike in Redondo Beach was identified by the Los Angeles Coroner’s office Saturday morning. Ciara Smith was fatally struck around 5:40 p.m. on Friday when she came out into the crosswalk at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Knob Hill Avenue, police said. The bus had a green light and the incident is a “tragic accident,” according to Redondo Beach Police Lt. Shawn Freeman. A […]

  • Rallies, Marches and Community Events Mark the 25th Anniversary of L.A. Riots

    Hundreds of people gathered in South Los Angeles on Saturday to participate in rallies, marches and other community events commemorating the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Things got underway at 11 a.m. with a rally and march — dubbed Future Fest — that began at the intersection of Florence and Normandie avenues, where the riots began in response to the verdicts in the Rodney King beating trial a quarter-century ago today. The march then proceeded east on […]

  • Search Continues for Missing Boy Whose Father Was Found Passed Out in South Pasadena Park

    Authorities Sunday are following up on leads in their ongoing search of a 5-year-old boy whose father was found passed out in a South Pasadena park and arrested the previous day. Aramazd Andressian Jr. was last seen by his mother at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday during a Skype video call from an unknown location, according to South Pasadena Police. His mother, a San Gabriel Valley resident, had last seen the boy in person at 8 a.m. on April 15 when she transferred […]

  • ‘Unseasonably’ Hot Conditions Expected; Officials Warn of Dangerous Surf, Tides at O.C. Beaches

    “Unseasonably” hot conditions were in the forecast Saturday and a beach hazard statement is in effect along the Orange County coast through Sunday evening, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to reach the lower to mid 70s along the coast Saturday, in the lower to mid 80s inland and up to the 90s in the valleys. Weather service officials advised residents to limit outdoor activities, especially during daytime hours, drink lots of fluids that are not caffeine and […]

  • Man Injured, in Custody After Officer-Involved Shooting in North Hills

    A man was critically injured during an officer-involved shooting in North Hills Saturday morning, LAPD officials said. The incident occurred about 6:35 a.m. near the intersection of Rayen Street and Sepulveda Boulevard. Officers responded to the area in reference to an assault with a deadly weapon. They confronted the man and tried to deescalate the situation. Officers gave several commands before using a beanbag and stun gun, but eventually the man was shot in the upper torso, Sgt. Frank Preciado told KTLA. He added […]

  • Man Armed With Knife Killed in Newport Beach Officer-Involved Shooting: Police

    A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting in a Newport Beach that started as a domestic disturbance call Saturday night, officials said. Newport Beach Police officials responded to the 200 block of 61st Street about 9 p.m. A caller advised officers that the man had armed himself with a knife. A responding officer contacted the man outside the home and asked him to drop the weapon. The man followed orders, but he armed himself again and “exhibited threatening actions” […]