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Award winning reporter Jessica Larche joined WTKR NewsChannel 3 in November 2010.

Before her journey in journalism led to Hampton Roads, Jessica spent nearly three years covering breaking news and investigating law enforcement and government in Jackson, Mississippi. Jessica's groundbreaking investigations into missing fire hydrants and her special reports on the shooting of little Sanaa Hill were recognized by the Mississippi Associated Press.

Jessica graduated summa cum laude after studying broadcast journalism at Florida A&M University in 2007. As the News Director of Tallahassee's 90.5 radio station, Jessica's documentaries on Hurricane Katrina and the death of Martin Lee Anderson won several William Randolph Hearst Awards. She also made history at FAMU as the first anchor of the FAMU News 20 at Five live newscast in the fall of 2007.

A New Orleans native, Jessica is a proud member of the Who Dat Nation as she cheers on the World Champion New Orleans Saints from hundreds of miles from home ("Who dat said they gon' beat 'dem Saints?!").

Jessica enjoys volunteering in the community as a member of the Hampton Roads Black Media Professionals, the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is the past president of the Jackson Association of Black Journalists.

One of Jessica's favorite quotes is "Stories are remembered only if you tell them well". She looks forward to sharing memorable stories with NewsChannel 3 viewers for years to come.


Recent Articles
  • SCAM ALERT: Husband and wife duo to pay back millions after Medicare scam

    It becomes a growing problem as more and more people live longer and are on Medicare. “What that ultimately does is it raises medical costs for everyone. In essence, every single person in this country is a victim of this crime,” says Michael Carroll, US Postal Inspector. The story begins with Donald and Shirley Blaine – a husband and wife duo who formed a company called Respa-Test. “They were claiming they were doing these very complicated sleep studies which would […]

  • Women claim Virginia Beach party planner ruined their events, owes them money

    Virginia Beach, Va. – Timia Smith seemed to have a picture perfect graduation party this Spring. “It`s one of the biggest days of your life,” said the Suffolk teenager. Behind the scenes were images of burnt food and an unexplained bottle of wine near the party planner’s supplies tainted her big day. “I didn`t pay almost $2,000 for my party to look like this,” she said. Navy wife Temieka Boothe wanted a stress free wedding day, but she told NewsChannel […]

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    Smithfield woman takes action to lose 229 pounds

    A few years ago, Kathleen Williams Ross tipped the scales at 409 pounds. “I turned to food,” said the Virginia mother, who has battled weight issues her entire life.  “That`s what made me happy in life.” After having her son, Ross said she starting thinking more about her own health. “That was a big factor,” she said.  “That couldn`t be my only factor.  I had to want it for myself as well.  You can`t do it for anyone else.” Ross […]

  • Psycho-sexual evaluation of Patience Perez may not be used as evidence in Beach sentencing

    A former Virginia Beach school worker had a bit of a legal victory during a court hearing on Wednesday. However, Patience Perez will still have to answer for her crimes after sleeping with a middle school student last year.

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    Teen victim in Virginia Beach sex scandal: ‘She really got in my head and made me think I was the only one’

    The teen at the center of the Patience Perez sex scandal said he believed they were in a real relationship. “She really got in my head and made me think I was the only one,” the teen told NewsChannel 3. Now, NewsChannel 3 has obtained the former Virginia Beach school worker’s interview with detectives about her affair with the student after her 2013 arrest. “He made me happy,” “He would make me smile” and “I`ve always seen it as age […]

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    Old rape kits lead to arrests in 1986 sexual assault case

    Virginia Beach Police have made at least two arrests in the 1986 rapes of two girls.

  • The ice bucket challenge comes to NewsChannel 3

    Valerie Oyer made sure NewsChannel 3 morning anchor Jessica Larche’s ice bucket challenge is one worthy of a good chuckle from her husband Mike. “It is definitely his kind of thing,” said Valerie Oyer.  “He`s looking down laughing, smiling.  He`s laughing at you right now.” NewsChannel 3 followed the former Navy SEAL’s brave battle against ALS for years until his death two years ago. Researchers haven’t been able to find a cause for ALS, or Lou Gherig’s Disease, which is why the […]

  • Beware of slick foreign lottery schemes

    Fraud victim Ray Gibbs says he received a phone call informing him he was the winner of $250,000 and a new Mercedes. “I needed to send them some money to ensure the check got here OK, and so I did that,” says Gibbs. And once he did, there were more phone calls asking for more money, again and again. “And boy, they are smooth talkers. They know what you want to hear in order to get the money out of […]

  • Williamsburg woman loses major weight without gym or trainer

    Sonya Thomas took action to lose weight and create a healthy lifestyle without a gym or a trainer. She is down more than 80 pounds over the last two years.

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    Share your fitness journey with NewsChannel 3’s Jessica Larche

    We all can’t afford gyms and trainers, but there are still ways to lose weight at home! Have you had success creating a healthier lifestyle without a gym or trainer? NewsChannel 3’s Jessica Larche wants to share your story! Send Jessica a tweet, HERE or e-mail her at jessica.larche@wtkr.com. Related Content: Overwhelming reaction to Jessica Larche’s fitness journey NewsChannel 3′s Jessica Larche reveals details of her fitness journey Jessica’s favorite flaxseed brownie recipe Jessica’s cauliflower rice recipe Jessica’s spaghetti squash recipe  

  • Owner of Tropical Delights club in Virginia Beach speaks out

    The owner of a Virginia Beach club where a man was murdered is speaking out.

  • Ex-boyfriend of woman who made fake 911 call: ‘I want her and other people to learn from her mistake’

    A Gloucester woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to making a fake distress call to get back at her ex-boyfriend.

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