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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
  • Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood found guilty of DUI

    Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Underwood was found guilty of DUI and refusal to take a breathalyzer.

  • Crooks swipe bronze vases from Evergreen Memorial Cemetery

    Portsmouth police need your help to find out who is swiping bronze vases from the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.

  • Clever con artists trick grieving widow out of $100,000 in lottery scam

    Michelle Lauciello says her mother lost more than $100,000 in a lottery sweepstakes scam. ”I feel like if they can get her, they can get anyone. It`s just awful that they are so persistent, evil, cruel that they can take that much money from a widow,” says Lauciello. They are con-artists in Jamaica, who convinced Michelle`s mother to send the money to get her winnings. ”She was sending $500 increments,” says Lauciello. Michelle says the voices on the phone were […]

  • Man found shot to death inside vehicle in Portsmouth

    Portsmouth Police are investigating an early morning homicide that occurred in the 70 block of Grove Street.

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    Virginia Beach residents angered by early-morning reverse 911 call

    Many Virginia Beach residents have emailed and taken to social media to complain about the early-morning reverse-911 call they received alerting them that Sandbridge Road had reopened after a deadly accident.

  • VA Governor signs changes to synthetic marijuana law aimed at closing loophole

    After a NewsChannel 3 investigation exposed a loophole in Virginia’s synthetic marijuana ban that allowed newer versions of it to legally be sold in stores, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed off on changes to the law that will begin July 1. The changes expand the list of banned chemicals compounds associated with spice, and it makes it easier and faster for the state to ban new versions that spice makers create.   While the process once took years, it can now take […]

  • Dentist Derrick Broadaway’s license suspended

    A dentist who has been the subject of a NewsChannel 3 investigation since 2012 has been suspended by the Virginia Board of Dentistry. Records show the Board of Dentistry suspended Derrick Broadaway’s license to practice dentistry on April 8, 2014.  The move came a few weeks after a Chesapeake judge sentenced Broadaway to suspended jail time for writing bad checks to his former employees.  However, those criminal charges are one of dozens of reasons the board outlined for the suspension, calling […]

  • Walmart worker takes action to stop scam

    An Emporia woman thanked a Walmart clerk in person Friday after the employee convinced her not to send money to a scam artist posing as Bishop T.D. Jakes. “I thank her so much for what she did,” said Claudette Woodley.  “If she hadn’t been persistent, oh boy, I could have made a mistake.” “They train us on that,” said Shacelle Ferguson.  “We have a lot of people that send money across the country.  You never know who it’s going to […]

  • Taking Action Scam Alert: Anyone can become a victim of ID theft

    “The lady said he couldn`t. What do you mean I can`t use my card? She said ‘Because it`s canceled. It`s closed.” San Juanita Avina is describing the frustrating scene at her local Walmart when her 66-year-old father tried to use his credit card. “Why, it`s ‘maxed out’. I never use my card, how could it be over-maxed?” says Avina. It turns out her father`s identity had been stolen and the card he rarely used had a $1,000 balance. Walmart started […]

  • How to cut a ‘catfish’ con artist’s bait

    An online security expert weighed in on signs of a Facebook catfishing scam after an Emporia woman was nearly duped by a con artist using Bishop T.D. Jakes’ likeness to reel her in. “This is an appeal to the trust factor inside of Facebook, which is you are who you say you are.  So people assume it to be true, which is actually not always the case,” said online security expert Hemanshu Nigam. Someone using a Facebook page with a picture […]

  • Scam artist uses T.D. Jakes to trick Emporia woman

    An Emporia, Virginia woman was nearly scammed by a con artist posing as mega preacher T.D. Jakes on Facebook.

  • 10-year-old suspended over pencil sharpener

    Pencil sharpeners are something most kids have at their fingertips in school. Suffolk authorities say a 10-year-old girl at Booker T. Washington Elementary took one apart and used the blade to threaten another student.


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