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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
  • After National Guardsman waits 4 years for back surgery at VA, NewsChannel 3 gets results

    He deployed with the Virginia National Guard to Iraq in 2011, but a back injury forced Specialist Mark Gottlieb to come home early. “They said, ‘Go home, be with your family, and we will set you up with the VA. Everything will be paid for, and you’ll get help there.’ Four years later, I’m still waiting to get taken care of,” said Gottlieb. Four years still waiting for back surgery that still has not happened. Gottlieb says even getting into […]

  • 200 wounded warriors finish “Ride 2 Recovery” in Virginia Beach

    They race over the hill; more than 200 wounded warriors strong–finishing a week-long journey that is more than just a bike ride. “We are here for therapy, in a good way,” said former soldier Robert Ferrera. “The best part is the camaraderie, the good times we had together,” said former marine Michael Frazier. Frazier and Ferrera never served alongside each other in war, but now, they ride together. They were partners for the 350-mile “Ride 2 Recovery” that started in […]

  • Vet’s wife worried he will die before he sees a VA doctor

    The price of long appointment wait times at the VA is personal for Linda Faine. “Costing me my husband, that’s a price I don’t think I should have to pay, it’s not fair,” said Faine. Her husband Rickey has been waiting 9 months for an appointment to see his primary care doctor at the Hampton VA. The last visit was back in August. “He said to see me again in three months and that he would send out a reminder, […]

  • VA attempting to accelerate veteran care after complaints of long wait times

    The VA scandal over secret lists that involves hiding long appointment wait times for veterans are no longer just allegations. The Inspector General released a new report Wednesday that says all of it is true! Investigators found 1,700 veterans were waiting to see a doctor at the Phoenix VA hospital but were never put on the official electronic wait list. VA hospital officials said veterans were only waiting 24 days for an appointment, but in reality, they waited as long […]

  • As VA scandal grows, local veterans highlight more problems at Hampton VA Medical Center

    “I pray to God every day and night.” What Ernest Hudson is praying for is time. Time to be able to overcome the Stage 4 Prostate Cancer he has been fighting for more than a year. Stage 4 Prostate Cancer that he says went undiagnosed by his Hampton VA doctor. “Everything was fine according to him.” What Hudson says the doctor wasn’t paying attention to was his rising PSA levels, an indicator that prostate cancer might be present. A normal […]

  • Sneak peek at the new Midtown Tunnel

    NewsChannel 3’s Laurie Simmons is on a tour in Sparrows Point, Maryland, getting a sneak peek at the new Midtown Tunnel elements being built. SKW Constructors is leading the tour today. The company designed and is now building the tunnel. There are six pieces almost finished – these will transported via the Chesapeake Bay on June 5. After that, five more will be built. There are 11 pieces total that make up the new tunnel. Watch the video above for […]

  • Veterans fight back against fake service dog owners scamming the system

    They are sweet, eager to please and ready to learn. Squatch, Magnus and little Lucia are all “service dogs in training,” preparing to become the best friends and partners for veterans who need them. “He’s my little battle buddy,” said Sgt. Matthew Miller, referring to his dog Magnus. Miller, along with Sgt. Noel DeLisle and former Navy sailor Laurie-Lynn Wood, all served their country in war, and after returning home, they will be depending on these animals to live a […]

  • Are some service dog owners scamming the system?

    Some dog owners are scamming the system – getting their pets access to restaurants and shops, as well as cashing in on thousands of dollars in tax credits – and giving legitimate service dogs a bad name. They come back from war broken… “I struggle with everyday life things.” Their injuries, both seen and unseen. “I wake up and don’t know where I am, I have flashbacks.” And these service dogs become their lifeline, able to bring back some semblance […]

  • New bill would expand Tricare coverage of autism therapy for military children

    NewsChannel 3 took action on behalf of military children with autism–highlighting Tricare’s attempt last summer to cut back on benefits for applied behavior analysis therapy, also known as ABA therapy. Now, Congress is joining the fight. A bi-partisan group of senators introduced the “Caring for Military Children with Developmental Disabilities Act” this week. It would require Tricare to pay for all therapy with an ABA specialist that has been prescribed by a doctor or psychologist. Right now, senators say Tricare […]

  • Six brothers accused of sexually assaulting sister for years; parents allegedly knew and did nothing

    Six brothers and their parents have been charged after the boys' sister says she had been sexually abused since the age of four.

  • VDOT admits to missing bolthead after ceiling tiles found hanging in HRBT; still denies driver damage claim

    “This photograph is very telling to me.” It’s a photograph uncovered by an exclusive NewsChannel 3 investigation into the events of February 11th, 2014. That’s the day VDOT shut down the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel for the entire evening rush hour because of partially hanging ceiling tiles at the entrance to the East bound tube. Something they discovered after a phone call from Harley white. “I saw it come down really quick right as I entered the tunnel, boom, right […]

  • Did something fall from the ceiling of the HRBT? NewsChannel 3 Investigates

    February 11th, 2014 at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel–drivers endured a 4-hour long shutdown throughout the evening rush hour. All because of a phone call from this man. “I saw it come down really quick right as I entered the tunnel, boom, right into front of my truck.” Harley White made it clear to VDOT his F-250 was hit by something that fell from the ceiling at the opening of the eastbound tube of the HRBT. For the first time, […]