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

  • 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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  • Jet ejection process can be quick and violent, causing injury

    Posted on: 11:46 pm, January 15, 2014, by , updated on: 06:32am, January 16, 2014

    The Navy’s F-18 Super Hornets use a very advanced ejection seat, made by a company called Martin Baker. But the...
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  • Update: Pilot listed as stable after Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet crash in Virginia Beach

    Posted on: 3:23 pm, January 15, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:52am, January 16, 2014

    The F/A-18 pilot who was injured after he ejected from his Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet was initially listed in critical condition but has now been upgraded to stable.
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  • Governor McAuliffe wants temporary 75 cent toll at Downtown, Midtown Tunnels

    Posted on: 12:09 pm, January 14, 2014, by and , updated on: 07:12pm, January 14, 2014

    Governor Terry McAuliffe will present a new plan to the CTB on Wednesday that will include an incremental reduction in the tolls scheduled to start February 1st at the Midtown and Downtown tunnels.
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  • Navy committed to sticking with Sea Dragon after 4th accident in two years

    Posted on: 11:29 pm, January 9, 2014, by , updated on: 12:03am, January 10, 2014

    Rotor blades, side panels, and metal pieces large and small are all part of the floating wreckage site where a...
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  • Several buses experience problems during chilly commute

    Posted on: 7:03 pm, January 7, 2014, by

    Despite frigid temperatures, several school systems chose not to delay classes Tuesday and that led to some problems with bus...
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  • VDOT, DMV workers won’t pay tolls, while first responders, school buses will

    Posted on: 6:55 pm, January 6, 2014, by

    $1,000 will be the average yearly cost for a commuter traveling through the Downtown and Midtown tunnels come February 1st....
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  • VDOT website crashes after Hampton Roads drivers rush to get E-ZPass

    Posted on: 6:04 pm, January 3, 2014, by , updated on: 01:04pm, January 6, 2014

    Supply shortages and computer glitches sent drivers into a frenzy around Hampton Roads, all trying to get their E-ZPasses before Elizabeth River Crossing's” 5 Free Tunnel Trips” promotion expired at midnight Friday.
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  • VDOT, ERT prepare for Friday’s winter weather

    Posted on: 5:06 pm, January 2, 2014, by and , updated on: 11:41pm, January 2, 2014

    VDOT is advising drivers to use extreme caution Friday morning due to the potential for icy patches on roadways, bridges...
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  • Inside VDOT’s operations center: Responding to problems on the roadways

    Posted on: 6:46 pm, December 27, 2013, by

    Seven people control hundreds of traffic cameras and message boards, with the fate of Hampton Roads drivers resting in their hands.
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  • Be aware of VDOT workers on area roads

    Posted on: 6:22 pm, December 27, 2013, by and

    It’s already a dangerous job, but for the VDOT Safety Service Patrol, this holiday season on the roads has been one of the worst ever.
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