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For several years, Laurie Simmons has been in front of the camera, reporting and anchoring all over the Southeast. Now, she is happy to bring her Emmy award-winning reporting to Hampton Roads, always ready to hit the streets for the next big story. Laurie joined Newschannel 3 in May of 2011.

Prior to landing in Norfolk, Laurie worked in Pensacola, Florida. During her time there, she covered several high profile stories, including the 2010 BP Oil Spill. Laurie was on the front lines of the crisis, reporting from the beaches, from the air, and from the seas. She also did several investigative reports on the potential health impacts, and kept BP's feet to the fire by exposing the gaps in their clean-up process.

Laurie first started out on-air in Columbus, Georgia as a Political, Military and Crime Reporter. She got very involved in the Army community at Fort Benning while covering news on post, and extensively reported on the 2008 Presidential elections. During her time there, she also won two GABBY Awards from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, both in the category of Best News Story.

Laurie is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC and member of the Delta Gamma Fraternity. When she's not reporting the news, Laurie loves to spend time with family and friends, relax on the beach, or read a good book. She is an avid CrossFitter and also a big soccer fan, having played all her life growing up. A proud Army wife, she lives in Hampton with her husband Billy, and their dogs, Samson and Hercules.


Recent Articles
  • Child found wandering alone in Norfolk after caretaker fell asleep

    A toddler has been found safely in Norfolk after a person located the child walking along Chesapeake Boulevard on Monday afternoon, police tell NewsChannel 3.

  • Mid-Currituck Bridge to the OBX: Will it be built?

    The Outer Banks summer beach traffic on the Wright Memorial Bridge is avoided by locals at all costs. “During the week it’s fine, but on the weekend, it’s impossible,” said John Manoli, who lives in Kill Devil Hills. “We never cross that bridge on the weekends, we actually rarely leave our house on Saturday or Sunday just because that traffic is horrendous,” said Bethany Doyle, who lives in Southern Shores. For years, the Mid-Currituck Bridge has been considered the solution […]

  • Documents show teen who murdered 2 Warwick High students used 12-gauge shotgun

    Newport News, Va. – The name of the double murder suspect who killed two teens and shot a third has been uncovered by NewsChannel 3 from search warrants filed in Newport News Circuit Court. Police arrested and charged 17-year-old David James Hosley in the shooting deaths of Warwick High School students Bryant Wilder Jr. and John Nieves, Jr. The search warrants show officers took a sample of his DNA to compare to evidence left at the Saunders Elementary School crime scene. According […]

  • Hampton fire investigators looking for group of arsonists who set fire to home

    Three days after flames ripped through a Hampton home on Shell Road, fire investigators are now calling the case arson. “I just hope whoever did this gets caught and punished because it could have killed all of us,” said Yvette Morgan, who lives next door on Pennsylvania Avenue. Morgan was able to get her family to safety Sunday night, after a Good Samaritan knocked, alerting them to danger. “Once we ran out, the flames were so hot, and firefighters were […]

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    Commander’s historic home damaged in fire at Norfolk Naval Shipyard

    Portsmouth, Va. -Here along Lincoln Street in Portsmouth, firefighters weren’t just battling a normal house fire–they were trying to save a historic naval gem. “Quarters A,” as it’s known, has served as the official residence for every single Norfolk Naval Shipyard Commander since 1838. Its stately features–copied from Asher Benjamin’s famed 1830 book “The Practical House Carpenter.” But, for some reason early Tuesday morning, flames broke out in the roof of the 2-story brick home. Firefighters from both the Navy […]

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    More airstrikes launched from Norfolk-based USS George H.W. Bush

    Navy officials just confirmed to NewsChannel 3 that 2 F/A-18 jets from the Norfolk-based aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush bombed an ISIS mobile artillery piece that was shelling Kurdish positions outside of the city of Irbil Friday morning.

  • Which veterans in Hampton Roads can see private doctors under new VA healthcare law?

    On Thursday, President Obama signed into law the new "Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014,” bringing $17 billion of emergency funds into the VA health care system. So, what does all that money mean for veterans here in Hampton Roads?

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    New images could help investigators identify John and Jane Does

    These new computer generated pictures could be the best clue investigators have in uncovering the mystery of who these John and Jane Does once were.

  • Virginia Beach sailor run over by F/A-18, loses leg aboard USS George H.W. Bush

    The flight deck of an aircraft carrier is said to be one of the most dangerous places in the world. It’s something Heather Kolhepp’s family learned the hard way, after her son was run over by an F/A-18 Hornet aboard the USS George H.W. Bush while on deployment.

  • ODU pre-med student killed by sudden heart attack in Peru laid to rest

    The pictures document the last days of Damion Wilkins’ life, traveling with his fellow pre-med students on a medical mission trip to Peru. They show him giving free medical care, trekking through remote villages and dancing with the natives. “I’m just glad that he was doing something he loved when he passed,” said Luke Glenn, an ODU student who worked with Damion as a Resident Advisor for Whitehurst Hall. Doing what he loved–that is what his friends and family took […]

  • Woman accused of recording herself abusing 2-year-old daughter

    Twenty-two year old Kimberly Michelle Hinds is now facing felony child abuse and assault charges, after police say she filmed herself harming her two-year-old daughter.

  • ODU student’s body will arrive home from Peru on Thursday

    Two days after ODU pre-med student Damion Wilkins’ sudden death on a medical mission in Peru, NewsChannel 3 took action to cut through the red tape and help get his body home quickly. And now just a week later, his family is getting results. “Damion is coming home tomorrow. They are going to fly him to North Carolina and then drive him back to Norfolk,” says his mother Richell Dabney. Richell originally thought it would take much longer to get […]

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