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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
  • People Taking Action: Elementary cafeteria worker served 42 years

    She spent half her life working for Newport News Public Schools. In March 82-year-old Edna Guynn passed away, but her service was not forgotten.

  • Neighbor who shot, killed dog offered pig as apology, Wakefield woman says

    Wakefield, Va.  – Selena Wynne can barely talk about her dog Nikki without tearing up. She says her neighbor, John Lauderville, admitted to killing her 10-year-old German Shepherd mix, then burying her on his property. Lauderville was arrested for it last week, charged with maiming or killing of animals or fowl and reckless handling of a firearm. The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office says Lauderville has livestock and was worried about their safety, but admitted he never saw Nikki bothering his […]

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    Man found inside Salem High School with hatchet: ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time’

    "I actually left my house and I was waiting and I was talking to the Lord and I heard a gun battle and I heard screams and people dying, but I didn`t hear the sickening sounds because I knew there were the bad ones who died."

  • Father of man who brought hatchet to Beach school: ‘this is what the face of mental illness looks like’

    Virginia Beach, Va. – Rob Cowart says his son has slipped through the cracks of the VA’s mental health system. He says his son, 25-year-old Kirk Cowart, is bipolar. The illness he believes was triggered by the 14 months kirk served in the Marine Corps. He says Kirk was medically discharged after a suicide attempt. Man found inside Salem High School with hatchet: ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time’ “I think the Marines broke Kirk and he wasn`t […]

  • Councilman on proposal to fine gun owners for failing to report stolen weapons: “I have no illusion that it’s going to go very far”

    Virginia Beach, Va. – A controversial request is part of the city’s annual “legislative agenda” – a list of proposals to the General Assembly. It calls for gun owners who do not report a stolen or lost weapon within 48 hours to be fined. That penalty was downgraded from a class 1 misdemeanor only after a NewsChannel 3 investigation into the proposal last month. Councilman Jim Wood sponsored the recommendation. “It’s all strictly about personal responsibility. Frankly, I don’t know […]

  • Portsmouth store clerk fights off gunman with trash can

    Portsmouth, Va. – Investigators with the Portsmouth Police Department are still looking for the gunman who tried to rob a convenience store over the weekend. Security images show the man was wearing a white t-shirt over his face, pointing a handgun at Briaham Maachoui. Maachoui owns the Old Town Market and convenience store on Portsmouth Boulevard. It all happened around 8 p.m. Saturday. “He comes straight to the kitchen area and he pulled the gun and said ‘I need the […]

  • Criminal act or tragic accident? 14-month-old Isle of Wight girl found unresponsive in bathtub

    Isle of Wight County, Va. – Was it a criminal act, or tragic accident? That’s what Isle of Wight investigators are trying to figure out. Last month, a 14-month-old girl died after she was found unresponsive in her bathtub. On September 24th, Isle of Wight investigators say the girl’s father, James Sherman, put Haven in a bathtub, ran the water and then left. “Haven was just like her name,” says Elizabeth Butler, Haven’s grandmother. “Haven means heaven.” With a jeweled princess crown […]

  • ODU student shot near campus last month: “There is more than one shooter”

    Norfolk, Va. – A nickel-sized scar about an inch from her spine – it’s a constant reminder to Jerica Carmichael just how lucky she was. It’s been nearly a month since the ODU student was shot near campus. “It`s still in the back of my mind,” she says. Norfolk police say a gunman is now behind bars; 25-year-old Roy Atkins was arrested over the weekend in Williamsburg. However, Carmichael says she’s not satisfied. “There is more than one shooter,” she […]

  • Army intelligence document warns of ISIS threat to military families using social media

    According to a special assessment by The Army Threat Integration Center (ARTIC) ISIS is calling on its followers already in the United States to use the yellow pages and social media sites to find addresses of service members, go to their homes and slaughter them. This concern, it says, stems from a law enforcement bulletin citing a jihadist tweet. The document, which is labeled “Unclassified/ For Official Use Only,” cites Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter as resources for the terrorists to […]

  • Protest for Gays to Serve Openly in Military

    Is North Carolina next in line to allow same-sex marriage?

    The dream of a legal marriage for same-sex couples in the Tar Heel state is one step closer to becoming a reality. Wednesday, a federal judge lifted stays on two cases challenging North Carolina’s ban. It’s a possible sign the judge is about to legalize gay marriage. “It’s thrilling. It’s unbelievable. It’s the end of the road we’ve been working towards for so long,” says Shawn Long reacting to the news over the phone. Shawn and his partner of 20 […]

  • Hampton Roads hospitals prep for potential Ebola outbreak

    Newport News, Va. – Last week a man with Ebola-like symptoms was admitted into Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News. The man tested negative for the deadly virus, but events like that are what the hospital says it prepares for. “Pretty quickly he was identified and isolated,” says Dr. Gary Kavit, the director for emergency services at Riverside, who treated the patient. The man had recently traveled to Africa. “He had fever and other symptoms consistent with considering Ebola,” […]

  • Rash of NSU car break-ins on campus, students say they weren’t notified

    Norfolk, Va. – Norfolk State University student Sierra Edwards says seven pairs of her expensive, limited edition sneakers were stolen from the trunk of a friend’s car on campus a few weeks ago. The car was parked outside the Spartan Suites dorms. “I was pissed, but I mean there wasn`t anything that I could do?” Edwards says. “It was just bad. They were like retros and Lebrons, limited editions that I was taking to a sneaker convention that was going […]


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