Laurie Simmons


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

  • Who is exempt from red light camera tickets?

    Posted on: 11:34 am, February 26, 2014, by and , updated on: 11:35am, February 26, 2014

    Not all drivers will receive tickets for running red lights at intersections where there are red light cameras. But, some...
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    Red light camera by takomabibelot from Flickr
  • Driver forced to pay for evidence in his Chesapeake red-light camera case

    Posted on: 6:28 pm, February 20, 2014, by

    Larry Richway says he was not the one driving his car, but he still got slapped with a $50 ticket after his Dodge Magnum was caught by a red-light camera.
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  • Red-light company told local cities where to put cameras based on ‘violation calculator’

    Posted on: 6:27 pm, February 19, 2014, by , updated on: 10:17pm, February 19, 2014

    The name Aaron Rosenberg is peppered throughout letters, emails and contracts connected to the red-light camera programs in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Newport News.
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  • City Council approves plan to study red light cameras in Hampton

    Posted on: 2:12 pm, February 12, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:54pm, February 12, 2014

    Hampton City Council is allowing police and traffic engineers to study red light cameras before a possible three year test program.
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    Red light camera by takomabibelot from Flickr
  • Have you received a tunnel toll bill?

    Posted on: 10:32 am, February 10, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:48pm, February 10, 2014

    Have you received a tunnel toll bill? If so, NewsChannel 3 wants to hear from you.
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  • Update: Newport News also re-evaluating yellow light times after NewsChannel 3 Investigation

    Posted on: 10:34 pm, February 6, 2014, by , updated on: 06:30pm, February 7, 2014

    One week ago, we brought you the story about the red light trap. Cities are lowering their yellow light times right after putting up red light cameras at busy intersections. Today, we got results!
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  • Hefty penalties await those who don’t pay tunnel toll bill

    Posted on: 9:11 pm, February 6, 2014, by , updated on: 11:54pm, February 6, 2014

    Court dates, fines, and no new car tags? It’s all a possibility if you choose not to pay your “Pay by...
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  • Think you’ve escaped paying the tolls? Think again!

    Posted on: 7:16 pm, February 5, 2014, by , updated on: 07:21pm, February 5, 2014

    Tolls at the Midtown and Downtown Tunnels have been up for a few days, and there are a few people...
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  • Red light camera traps: Does science prove our yellow lights are too short?

    Posted on: 2:20 pm, February 4, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:30am, February 5, 2014

    It could be the biggest money making scheme ever—red-light cameras, synched with short yellow lights, making it physically impossible for drivers to avoid a ticket.
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  • Gotcha! How Red-Light Cameras are catching more drivers with shorter yellow lights

    Posted on: 7:05 pm, January 30, 2014, by

    When red-light cameras are watching your every move, each second counts in determining whether you get by or get slapped...
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  • Virginia Beach vs. Norfolk on Snow cleanup: You be the judge

    Posted on: 6:53 pm, January 30, 2014, by

    The difference is stark just as you drive over the city line–Virginia Beach Boulevard in Norfolk, covered in ice and...
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  • Senior Chief Navy Diver demoted after deaths of two sailors during training

    Posted on: 6:59 pm, January 20, 2014, by and

    Senior Chief Navy Diver James Burger was found guilty of negligent dereliction of duty for his role in the dive...
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