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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
  • Fort Eustis Bridge Replacement nearly $3 million over budget, with taxpayers picking up tab

    For more than a year, drivers heading to and from Fort Eustis have dealt with traffic backups and congestion, all thanks to the replacement of a 54-year old bridge over the CSX rail road tracks, less than a mile from the base gates.

  • How much is it costing taxpayers to fix Ft. Eustis Blvd. in Newport News?

    When a heavily used bridge outside of an Army base goes from four lanes to two, it’s a recipe for disaster. Traffic jams have plagued drivers on Fort Eustis Boulevard since April of last year, as the City of Newport News replaces an aging 54-year-old bridge over the CSX tracks. But mistakes have plagued the project causing these backups to last longer than they should. Now a NewsChannel 3 investigation is uncovering the city of Newport News is paying millions more than […]

  • Update: U.S. Embassy in Peru hopes to send dead ODU student’s body back home this week

    A day after NewsChannel 3 got in contact with two Senators and a Congressman, the mother of Damion Wilkins is hoping her son's body can return to the US from Peru as early as next week.

  • Man found dead in car on Ash Avenue in Newport News now a homicide case

    Newport News, Va. – A suspicious death in the 100 block of Ash Avenue is now being investigated as a homicide. At 8:16 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Newport News police received a call in reference to a suspicious vehicle in the 100 block of Ash Avenue. Officers arrived at 8:23 a.m. and found the body of a 36-year-old Hampton man in the front seat of the vehicle. James Arthur Miller, Jr., of the 400 block of Greenbriar Avenue in Hampton, […]

  • More than 700 positions to be eliminated at Langley AFB

    742 positions inside Air Combat Command Headquarters at Langley Air Force Base will no longer exist come next year. The jobs cuts were announced by the Air Force this week as they reorganize major command headquarters all around the country, to trim their budgets by more than 20%. Map: Reductions by base More than 3400 positions will be cut Air Force-wide, resulting in savings equaling about $1.6 billion over the next five years. Langley officials won’t say yet how many […]

  • Socks, Styrofoam cups some of the odd objects helping police crack cases

    It might look like just a random sock left in the backyard, but for police investigating a burglary in Portsmouth, it turned out to be a gold mine of evidence and the single key to cracking the case. According to search warrants uncovered by a NewsChannel 3 investigation, a burglar stole several TV’s from a house on Summit Avenue in Portsmouth. Investigators say he forgot about one of his socks, stuffed with the TV’s power cord, during his getaway. That […]

  • What odd items are helping police solve crimes?

    Criminals only used to be worried about leaving behind fingerprints. But now, anything they touch, wear, or even eat, can be used against them in court. Investigator Laurie Simmons has more on what odd items are helping police solve crimes in Hampton Roads. It’s just a sock…an everyday item of clothing we all wear. But in police investigations, socks are gold mines of evidence, holding information that could lead them directly to an arrest. Police departments all over Hampton Roads […]

  • Disney World monorail evacuated after power outage

    (CNN) — As a teenager who basically lives at Disney World, Lily Mock has been on virtually every ride at the Florida amusement park. But no ride has been as surprising as the monorail from Magic Kingdom to Epcot center. A power outage Sunday evening forced the evacuation of about 120 passengers from the monorail, Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler said. She said weather caused the power outage, but it did not appear a lightning strike was responsible. Lily said the […]

  • VDOT warns against scammers targeting EZPass users through bogus emails

    VDOT is warning customers of a new email phishing scam going around.

  • VA rejects Congressional request to link brain cancer, lung cancer and migraines to Gulf War service

    Steven Williams retired from the Navy in 1994, after serving aboard the USS Eisenhower in both Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Twenty years later, he is still fighting for disability benefits from the VA, for illnesses he says are connected to Gulf War Syndrome. “They told me I was exposed to various toxic gases from oil burning, also Sarin gases,” said Williams. Now the VA is making it even harder for vets like Williams to file disability claims, denying automatic approvals […]

  • Harvey Bryant on commander authority in military sex assault cases: “I don’t think its best”

    A congressional panel looking into military sexual assaults has voted to keep prosecution authority with commanders. But one of the two who voted against it was none other than former Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney Harvey Bryant.

  • One dead after early morning fire in Camden County

    A structure fire in Camden County early Friday morning resulted in the death of a person and the total loss of a home.