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

  • 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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  • 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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