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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
  • 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 […]

  • Police on Isle of Wight abduction suspect: ‘He will kidnap again’

    The Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office has released new information about the investigation into a child abduction that took place in October 2013 in Carrollton.

  • It was smooth sailing for drivers along Hampton Blvd. during ODU’s big game on Friday night

    People were slowly trickling out of the big ODU game on Friday night. The Monarchs hosted Middle Tennessee State in a nationally televised football game. NewsChannel 3 was on the scene all afternoon and what we thought was going to be complete gridlock on Hampton Boulevard was really not bad at all. Folks who are parked in the tailgate lots were told to leave right after the game. Typically, they’re given two hours post game.

  • Hampton Roads search and rescue team assists in search for Hannah Graham

    A handful of Hampton Roads volunteers are assisting in the search for Hannah. The Tidewater Search and Rescue team combed the city and woods of Charlottesville last weekend. Theresa Crossland was one of the 11 TSAR team members who drove up to help. “In an urban environment there`s no shortage of clues,” she says. “There were literally hundreds of clues that were found.” Vicky Banta is also part of that group. She first hunted for evidence around UVA. “It was […]

  • HRT discusses light rail route to Town Center

    Virginia Beach, Va. – From Downtown Norfolk to Town Center in Virginia Beach, it’s the shortest route option to get the tide to the Resort City. And HRT officials say focusing on the shortest route, first, may be the best way to expand the Tide. That was the discussion they had with the public Wednesday night at the Westin, Town Center. The light rail topic, as usual, brought heated arguments from both sides. “A visionary move for the city that […]

  • Roommate of ODU shooting victim identifies gunman in surveillance video

    Norfolk, Va. – ODU Junior Jerica Carmichael was shot in the back over the weekend near campus. Her roommate, also an Old Dominion student, chose not to show her face or give her name but wanted to take action and share what she witnessed that night. And, because of that Norfolk Police may have a new lead in the case. “When I turned around, literally I’m looking at him,” she says. “He’s on the other side of 43rd with the gun in […]

  • Teen accused of stabbing 11-year-old on Norfolk school bus

    Norfolk, Va. – It was a scary bus ride home for 13-year-old Nijsha Bigsby. “He was sitting in the seat and he was holding his neck,” she says describing the scene on her bus when one of her classmates stabbed another. “I was in the back and I heard everybody saying, ‘They’re about to fight, they’re about to fight.'” Bigsby, an eighth grader at Lake Taylor Middle School, says one of her classmates stabbed another with scissors. Norfolk police say […]


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