Carissa Lawson anchors the morning news at News 12 New Jersey. She joined the station in February 2011.
Carissa is a New York City native. She was raised in Queens and is overjoyed to be returning to the tri-state area.
Carissa joins News 12 after anchoring the 6pm newscast at WLKY in Louisville, K.Y. Prior to moving to the home of the Kentucky Derby, she spent nearly a decade as a broadcast journalist in North Carolina. She was the morning news anchor at WWAY in Wilmington, N.C. before becoming one of the station's evening anchors. She anchored and reported at WUNC-TV in Durham, N.C. and started her on-air career at WLFL in Raleigh, N.C.
Carissa is the recipient of the Associated Press Award for Reporting and received Honorable Mention from the Associated Press for Best Hard News Feature on a story about an 18-year-old Marine killed in the war in Iraq. She was also part of the team at WLKY honored with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast.
Carissa graduated from New York University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Upon graduation, she earned the James Fenimore Cooper Memorial Prize for excellence in journalism and was inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society in journalism and mass communication.
Carissa's friends and family call her a "health-nut through and through" so you'll find her at the gym and at the grocery store in the organic food section. Carissa and her husband enjoy traveling the world and trying out great restaurants, so if you ever have any suggestions send her an email anytime. They also have a new baby who's become the joy of their lives.