Carissa Lawson anchors the morning news at News 12 New Jersey. Carissa is a New York City native. She was born in Queens and graduated with honors from New York University with a degree in broadcast journalism. She left the Greater New York area to start her profession in broadcast journalism in North Carolina with a dream all along to make her way back to the North East.
Carissa spent nearly a decade working her way up the ranks in North Carolina. She then accepted a position as a main evening anchor at the CBS affiliate in Louisville, KY before finally moved back to the North East. She did a short and exciting stint at CBS News as a freelance correspondent in New York City before joining the team at News 12 New Jersey in February 2011. During that time she accomplished three major things all at once: She moved to a different state, had her first child and started a brand new job! She tells people the experience has taught her you can do just about anything with prayer and perseverance.
Carissa is the recipient of the Associated Press Award for Feature Reporting and was part of the 6pm newscast at the CBS affiliate that received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast. She was also part of the station team at the same CBS affiliate that received the coveted and prestigious Service to America Award that honors exceptional public and community service. Upon graduation from NYU, Carissa earned the James Fenimore Cooper Memorial Prize which is presented annually to the most outstanding undergraduate student of journalism. She was also inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society in journalism and mass communication.
Carissa is mother to a very active three-year-old who actually makes her feel as if she has 3 children instead of just one! She and her husband enjoy traveling during their time off. As a vegetarian, Carissa is an advocate for healthy living. Carissa enjoys every opportunity she can get to help others understand the life-saving importance of leading a healthier lifestyle. The passing of her aunt due to breast cancer has strengthened her convictions about a way life she tries her best to live out each day.