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
  • Apple Valley Mother, Twin Sister Booked on Suspicion of Murder as Search for Missing Boy Continues

    An Apple Valley woman and her sister have been booked on suspicion of murder as the search for her missing 6-year-old son continues, officials announced Saturday. Duke Flores’ mother, 29-year-old Jackee Racquel Contreras, and her twin, Jennifer Rachel Contreras, were arrested in connection with the boy’s disappearance, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department. Apple Valley police responded to a home in the 22000 block of Cherokee Avenue on Thursday when a family member requested a welfare check on […]

  • In this photo illustration, vials of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine are displayed on a counter at a Walgreens Pharmacy in Mill Valley on Jan. 26, 2015. (Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

    Measles Outbreak: Cal State Los Angeles, UCLA Quarantine Over 1,000 Possibly Exposed to Illness

    More than 1,000 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the U.S., where cases have reached a 25-year high . By Friday afternoon, two days after Los Angeles County ordered the precautions, about 325 of those affected had been cleared to return after proving their immunity to the disease, through either medical […]

  • Amy Lorenzo, 12, left, and Marlene Lorenzo, 14, right, are seen in an undated photo provide by relatives on April 4, 2019.

    South L.A. Community Demands Better Safety Measures at Intersection Where Sisters Were Struck by Truck and Killed

    Community members held a rally Thursday demanding better pedestrian and traffic safety measures at the intersection of Broadway Place and 37th Street where Amy and Marlene Lorenzo were killed when they were struck by a semi-truck on their way to school in the Historic South-Central neighborhood of Los Angeles. Nerissa Knight reports from South L.A. for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on April 25, 2019.

  • In this photo illustration, a bottle containing a measles vaccine is seen at the Miami Children's Hospital on January 28, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Creit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    5 Measles Cases Confirmed Among L.A. County Residents: Officials

    Health authorities say five cases of measles have been confirmed among Los Angeles County residents so far this year. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says four cases are linked to one another after international travel, and there’s been an additional single case of measles following international travel. The five cases are unrelated to four cases of measles among non-residents who traveled through Los Angeles County earlier this year. The department says the majority of the cases involve […]

  • Missing person Alora Benitez, 15, pictured in a photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on April 17, 2019.

    Family Holds Vigil for Missing 15-Year-Old Redondo Beach Girl Last Seen With Homicide Suspects

    Loved ones of a missing 15-year-old Redondo Beach girl who was last seen Wednesday with two homicide suspects held a vigil on Easter Sunday in Windsor Hills to pray for her safe return. Alora Benitez was last spotted Wednesday morning in Torrance, in the company of her mother and a man who are suspected in the killing of a man in a Carson parking lot on Tuesday. Jeffrey Appel, 32, of Las Vegas, was found dead in a car in […]

  • A home where three men were found dead in Glendale is shown during an ongoing homicide investigation on April 18, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    3 Men Found Dead in Glendale Home Identified; Homicide Investigation Continues

    Three men found dead in a Glendale home Thursday have been identified as the homicide investigation continues, officials said. Deandre Tyronne Sims, 36, Christian Marty Moukam, 35, and Leon Gough II, 50, were found after reports of gunfire in the 1300 block of Columbia Drive early Thursday. Responding officers from the Glendale Police Department found the garage door of the home open and a man dead in the driveway. Two more bodies were discovered inside the home, police said. It […]

  • Alora Benitez, 15, is seen in an undated photo along with a surveillance image of the vehicle she was last seen in. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

    Authorities Searching for 15-Year-Old Girl Believed to Be With Mother, Man Wanted in Carson Killing

    Authorities were searching Thursday for a 15-year-old girl believed to be with her mother and her mother’s ex-husband, who are wanted in connection to a killing in the city of Carson, officials said. Roman Cerratos, 39, and Maricela Mercado, 40, are suspects in the killing of a 32-year-old man who was found dead in a car on the 400 block of East Carson Plaza Drive, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Although a wanted posted for the pair states […]

  • Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department assess the scene where a man was found dead inside a vehicle in Carson on April 16, 2019.

    Man Found Dead Inside Vehicle Near Retail Area in Carson

    An investigation is underway after officials found a man dead inside a vehicle parked near businesses in Carson during the early hours of Tuesday. Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 400 block of East Carson Plaza Drive after learning of  the incident that occurred just after 3:30 a.m., the agency said. A Sheriff’s Department news release earlier described it as a deadly stabbing, but Lt. Brandon Dean later told reporters that the cause of death […]

  • Destructive Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral Shocks the World

    The world reacted with shock, horror and prayers to the massive fire Monday at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, united in grief and in solidarity with the people of France. As the flames tore through the 12th-century cathedral, Spain’s prime minister offered France the help of his country in the recovery. The fire is a “catastrophe for France, for Spain and for Europe,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeted, adding that the flames are destroying “850 years of history, […]

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