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Marissa Jasek joined the News Channel 3 team in December 2012.

She made her journey up to Hampton Roads from Wilmington, NC where she worked as the lead reporter for WWAY’s 11 p.m. newscast. Marissa would frequently fill-in anchor for Good Morning Carolina and WWAY’s Sunday evening newscast.

Marissa was born and raised in the Lone Star State and graduated from Texas A&M in 2010 with a B.A. in Communication. During her time as a Fightin’ Texas Aggie, Marissa spent her first four years in the pool, competing for the Texas A&M Women’s Swimming team. She was a four-time All-American swimmer and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials.

While in her senior year, Marissa had her first taste of broadcast journalism when asked to host a Fox Sports segment entitled: Big 12 Showcase Women’s Sports Special.

Marissa is excited to discover all that Hampton Roads has to offer and is always on the lookout for any interesting story ideas!

Recent Articles
  • Crews investigate cause of Chesapeake warehouse fire

    Chesapeake, Va. – Executive Boulevard in Greenbrier was shut down for hours on Thursday as crews worked to put out a fire at a city warehouse. The warehouse belongs to the public works department for the city and had small equipment and fuel inside. A city worker first reported the blaze  just after 3 p.m. About 45 firefighters worked to put the fire out. No injuries were reported. Officials do not know what caused the fire yet. They said it “might be a couple […]

  • Viewers take action in a big way for man looking for family on Thanksgiving

    Viewers are taking action for a homeless man who is looking for a family for Thanksgiving. We received dozens of emails from viewers volunteering to adopt him for the day and more! Other viewers contacted us about helping Neal out. Neal Shytles has been living at the union mission in Norfolk for more a year. He reached out to NewsChannel 3 to help connect him with someone that would take him in. And tonight we are happy to report that […]

  • Homeless man wants family for Thanksgiving

    Norfolk, Va. – A Thanksgiving adoption? Neal Shytles doesn’t have much to his name. “This is bed 13,” he says, pointing out a bottom bunk at the Union Mission Ministries men’s shelter. “This is where I lived for a year.” Neal is homeless and has been staying at the shelter in Norfolk for a year and a half now. Update: Viewers take action in a big way for man looking for family on Thanksgiving What he lacks in possessions, Neal […]

  • Woman who admits to smoking meth: ‘They know me as the meth mom’

    Norfolk, Va. – Joan Noble has been in jail since August. She’s accused of making meth inside her Bayview home. In an interview with NewsChannel 3, her 21-year-old daughter says she turned her mother in and called police. “Everybody in the family that I`ve talked to, she`s either going to end up in jail or dead, and if I hadn`t have called, she might have ended up dead,” the daughter says. Since then, Noble says the nickname “meth mom” stuck. […]

  • Sailor’s mom wants to know why son’s killer wasn’t stopped

    Eight minutes was all it took for a convicted felon to breach three layers of base security and kill Sharon Blair’s 24-year-old son, Petty Officer Second Class Mark Mayo, at Naval Station Norfolk. “That was far too much time,” Blair says. “Why wasn’t he stopped?” It’s a question seven months later she’s still asking. The Navy has yet to release its investigation into her son’s death. “I just feel like I’m stuck and I need to get out,” Blair says. […]

  • Transgender Gloucester teen fights to use boys’ bathroom

    Gloucester County, Va. – Gavin Grimm was born female but always knew he was a boy. “It was literally killing me to lie about who I was,” he says. A sophomore at Gloucester High School, Gavin now lives openly as a boy and legally changed his name this year. “It was terrifying to come out,” Gavin says. “I worried for my safety. I was scared but I came to find out that I didn`t have anything to be afraid of.” […]

  • Surprise Thanksgiving for Virginia Beach Marine on Veterans Day

    Virginia Beach, Va. – A Marine in Virginia Beach celebrated Veterans Day with a big turkey dinner. The staff sergeant will be deployed before Thanksgiving. It was all one big surprise. Turkey, ham, green bean casserole. If you went to Jessika Palmer’s house last night, you would probably be a little confused. Her husband, Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Anthony Palmer is deploying in a few days. It’s his seventh deployment in the past ten years — and yet another one […]

  • Beloved Accomack Co. bus driver murdered, suspect behind bars

    Accomack County, Va. – Throughout his 42 years driving students to and from school in Accomack County, Leon Harmon left an impression on hundreds of students. “We are just torn apart,” says 24-year-old Brittany Hines, who knew Harmon when he was her bus driver in elementary school. “This is just one of the nicest men you could ever meet. I don`t know why anyone would do such a thing. It`s just horrible.” Early Saturday morning, 61-year-old Harmon was found murdered. […]

  • Navy widow shares story of husband’s suicide to help save others

    According to a recent report released by the Pentagon, the leading cause of death for active duty troops, for the past two years is not from combat but suicide. Now one former sailor in Chesapeake is telling the story of her husband’s battle with depression that ended in suicide, with hopes sharing her pain will save lives.

  • Portsmouth police officer patrols for drunk drivers on Halloween

    Portsmouth, Va. – A Portsmouth Police officer has made it his personal responsibility to make sure drunk drivers end up in jail before they can hurt anyone. “If I can save a life in any way, I will gladly do it,” says Officer V. McLean. Every night he patrols the streets of Portsmouth, McLean has a goal of making at least two DUI arrests. “One occasion I got three and it just so happens they fall in my lap,” he […]

  • Antares rocket explodes seconds after launch from Wallops Island

    Orbital Science Corp.’s Antares rocket exploded into a huge fireball seconds after launch from Wallops Island Tuesday evening.

  • Witness after Antares rocket crash: ‘NASA is an inferno’

    Tuesday night, hundreds of people were lined up to watch the Antares rocket shoot up into the air. Instead, they saw it explode. We’ve seen a lot of video from people who saw the explosion but in this video we’re about to show you can almost feel the shock wave. This is home video taken about a mile from the wallops island launch pad. The man who recorded one video says the shock wave was like nothing he`s felt before. […]


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