Carissa Lawson is the morning news anchor at News 12 New Jersey. She is a New York City native, born in Queens. Lawson is a proud graduate from New York University with a degree in broadcast journalism. Prior to joining the News 12 team Lawson left the Greater New York area and spent nearly a decade working her way up the ranks in North Carolina. She then went on to anchor the evening news at the CBS affiliate in Louisville, KY before making her way back to the Northeast with an exciting stint at CBS News as a freelance correspondent in New York City. 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.
Lawson has won an Associated Press Award for feature reporting and was a part of the CBS affiliate team who received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast and the coveted Service to America Award that honors exceptional public and community service. Upon graduation from NYU, Lawson 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.
Lawson is wife and mother who enjoys traveling in her time off. She is also a vegetarian and advocate for healthy living who 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.