Marisa Brahney is an Emmy-award winning weekday anchor at News 12 New Jersey. Prior to that she was the weekend anchor and weekday morning show reporter. During her time at News 12 New Jersey, Brahney has covered many of the state’s major stories including the Bridgegate scandal, the deadly 2016 Hoboken train crash, the 2015 Edgewater apartment fire and Pope Francis’ visit to the tristate area. She also co-produced and anchored an in-depth documentary special called Choices & Chances: New Jersey’s heroin epidemic, for which she won a 2015 New York Emmy Award. Brahney currently hosts and produces Mom’s Minute, a weekly segment showcasing topics, businesses and events of interest to New Jersey moms. In addition, her Jersey Food & Fun segments feature some of Jersey’s most delicious eats and adventurous activities.
Brahney is thrilled to be working in her home state of New Jersey after a decade in TV news that took her around the country. Before arriving at News 12, Brahney reported for WCAU in Philadelphia. There she covered stories making national headlines, including the wrath and recovery of Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. Through her continuing coverage work she witnessed firsthand the devastation to the Jersey Shore, where she grew up. Her reports were seen nationally on MSNBC and The Weather Channel. While in Philadelphia, Brahney also produced and hosted a segment called the “$10 Spot”, where she uncovered and sampled the Philly region’s best cheap eats. Brahney’s first national news appearance came while she was working in sunny Ft. Myers, Florida at the NBC affiliate there. She appeared on CNN and Nancy Grace during her coverage of the search for a missing child. In addition to reporting on the ongoing foreclosure crisis and tropical storms, she earned an Associated Press award for her coverage of severe fires that ravaged the area.
Her on-air career began in the snowy hills of upstate New York, where she learned the ropes of the business at WIVT in Binghamton. She did much of her own camera work and editing as a reporter and anchor, traveling to Louisiana to cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Brahney is a proud graduate of Loyola University in Maryland. During college she interned at Dateline and WMAR in Baltimore.
As a born and raised Jersey shore girl, Brahney loves covering her home state and the community that means so much to her. Growing up in Wall, she spent many of her childhood days plopped in the sand on one of Monmouth County's beautiful beaches. When she's not on set anchoring or out hunting for a story, you can find her with her family, usually trying out a new recipe, indulging at her newest restaurant find or out enjoying all New Jersey has to offer.
Brahney is very passionate about spreading awareness surrounding pregnancy and infant loss, following the unexpected loss of her newborn daughter Charlotte in 2014. She’s a proud mom and wife who currently lives in Union County with her husband, who's also from the Jersey Shore, and her two sons.