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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
  • 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 […]

  • UPDATE: City employee suspended amid hidden camera investigation

    UPDATE– Matthew Ludwick is suspended without pay following his arrest, according to the department of parks and recreation. The charge and conviction panel met and made the recommendation to the City Manager. Ludwick was arraigned in court on Tuesday. He is due back in court on October 24. Virginia Beach, Va. – We’ve obtained a YouTube video of a Beach man at the center of a disturbing investigation. NewsChannel 3 has learned that before his job at the Great Neck […]

  • Update: Facebook user claiming to have poisoned ODU roommate identified

    UPDATE:  Old Dominion University Police Chief Rhonda Harris released the following statement this afternoon: Old Dominion University detectives have identified the individual who posted anonymously to the ODU Confessions page on Facebook. At this time, there are no criminal charges pending related to this post. The ODU Police Department extends its appreciation to the James Madison Police Department for their assistance with this investigation. Norfolk, Va. – Is it real or fake? An anonymous post to a Facebook page describes poisoning a college […]

  • 81-year-old man robbed at Smithfield bank, robber flees on bicycle

    Smithfield, Va. – 81-year-old Jessie Pittman doesn’t move around like most people. He had spinal tuberculosis, leaving him permanently bent over. Friday, he was at the bank getting money to pay his bills when police say 20-year-old John Hassell blindsided him, robbing him of $2,000 in cash. “I just hollered ‘is my money gone?” Pittman says. It happened at the BB&T on South Church Street in Smithfield. Police say Hassell was watching Pittman, and waiting until he walked outside. Pittman […]

  • Abuse victim on Ray Rice video: “I’m scared for her”

    In the now viral video that shows Ray Rice in an Atlantic City elevator with his then fiancée, he’s seen punching her so hard she was knocked out cold. The violence in the video is something Katrinia Freeman knows all too well. “Just dropped her like whatever, like she was trash,” Freeman says. “You look at him on the camera and he has no remorse at all and those are the most dangerous men, the ones that have no remorse […]

  • Man wanted for abducting woman in Newport News

    Newport News, Va. – Police need your help to locate a man who they say abducted a woman in Newport News last week. They say this happened on Thursday, September 4th at 1:30 a.m. A 21-year-old woman was leaving a neighbor’s apartment and was going back to her home in the 100 block of New Haven Court when a man grabbed her and covered her mouth. She says the man asked her where she lived and he then forced her […]

  • Portsmouth man accused of starving puppy to death: ‘I’m being made out to be the bad person’

    Portsmouth, Va. – With tears streaming down his face, Nicholas Pelloni shared his side of the story with NewsChannel 3. Police arrested the 37-year-old Portsmouth man last week for felony animal cruelty. They say he left his nine dogs, a female Boxer and her eight puppies, with no food or water. “People who know me know I love my animals,” Pelloni says. “They know I’m not like this. They know I’m not a mean person.” The conditions were so bad that […]

  • Newport News City Line apartment complex floods, many evacuate homes

    Newport News, Va. – It was a long and wet day for those who live in the City Line Apartments in Newport News. “Oh it was scary,” says Nicola Carmichael, who lives at the complex. “When I saw the rain and the water start rising, I said `OK, let me start lifting things up.” The parking lot off Mytilene Drive filled up with water, forcing many from their homes and others scrambling to get their vehicles to higher ground. Newport […]


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