Marissa Torres is PIX11’s traffic anchor.

Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Mich., she attended the University of Michigan (go Blue!), where she received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology-zoology with a minor in Spanish.

It wasn’t until her junior year that she realized her true passion was storytelling, so she moved to The Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

In 2008, Marissa joined CBS affiliate, WCIA 3 News in Central Illinois, as a reporter. She spent three years in the Springfield and Champaign-Urbana newsrooms as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor.

After that, she headed west to the Land of Enchantment to report at KOB-TV in Albuquerque, N.M. Marissa traveled all across the state, usually to cover the massive wildfires that so often plague this area.

In 2012, Marissa accepted an offer as a morning anchor at KOAA in Colorado Springs, Colo. During her time there, she also fronted her own health franchise, “Your Healthy Family.”

After a year in The Springs, Marissa moved to the Big Apple to be with her now husband. She joined PIX11, initially as a news writer. They live in Manhattan with their beagle, Abigail, and two cats, Casey and Charlie.

Recent Articles
  • Truck collision on George Washington Bridge causing major traffic delays

    NEW JERSEY — An apparent collision between two tractor trailers on the New Jersey-bound side of the George Washington Bridge early Monday is still causing traffic delays into the morning commute. AIR 11 was over the scene Monday morning, showing the extensive backup above. Initially, all lanes of traffic on the upper level of the outbound side of the bridge were closed early Monday. Just before 7 a.m., all lanes of the outbound upper level were reopened, but motorists should […]

  • Car fire causes hour delays at Lincoln Tunnel in NJ

    WEEHAWKEN, N.J. — A vehicle fire in Weehawken means commuters trying to get through the Lincoln Tunnel from New Jersey into New York City are facing 45 to 60-minute delays at the toll plaza Monday morning. The fire involved a pick-up truck and took place on Pleasant Avenue in Weehawken heading eastbound on Route 495. The tunnel had been completely blocked off but one lane has since been re-opened eastbound with most westbound lanes beginning to re-open after the truck […]

  • Bachata Academy: A lesson in culture

    NEW YORK — The Bachata Academy is an immersive program for Bachata and other kinds of music indigenous to the Dominican Republic. It is the first and only bachata music program in the world. The Bachata Academy has 50 full-time students, ages 7 to 19, who each attend daily classes in guitar, bass, voice, and percussion. In collaboration with DREAM Project’s Montessori School, the Bachata Academy runs an early music development program for 40 pre-school students ages 3 to 6. […]

  • Godiva opens first cafe in NYC

    NEW YORK — Godiva is looking to go beyond its boxes of chocolate, but it’s still a chocolate lover’s dream come true! Marissa takes Betty and Dan to New York’s Godiva Café where they try some sweet treats, including the “croiffle,” which is half croissant and half waffle with loads of chocolate! New York’s Godiva Café is now open to the public at 560 Lexington Ave.

  • Tips for avoiding holiday debt this gift-giving season

    NEW YORK — If you were aghast at how much you spent on holiday gifts when the credit card bills arrived last January, now is the time to start thinking about how to avoid a repeat performance. Even though it feels painfully early to start thinking about the holidays, starting now will give you plenty of time to budget, build a shopping fund and do a little early shopping so after New Years you’ll hardly have a bill to pay. Trae […]

  • East Harlem dance group, Keep Rising to the Top, to hold performances over the weekend

    Violeta Galagarza, a fixture in the East Harlem community, is prepping to celebrate nearly three decades of making kids safer by providing them an alternative to the streets through her dance group: Keep Rising to the Top. The group is celebrating their anniversary with two fundraising performances at City College on Friday and Saturday. They will address current issues affecting youth such as the impact of social media, cop shootings and the criminal justice system. They are also planning a […]

  • ‘Mom care’ event offers a special evening dedicated to celebrating mothers

    There is so much focus and resources on child care but very little on self-care for mothers. What is “mom care”? Why is it so important? How do you even implement it into your daily life? That is why Athleta and Momsome have teamed up to bring a special evening dedicated to the celebration of mom’s and their care. They’ve brought in amazing brands to give our moms a night of pampering and top experts in the field of self-care […]

  • Candytopia interactive exhibit opens in NYC

    NEW YORK — Candyland is coming to life as Candytopia opens today! The Candytopia Interactive Exhibit takes you on a sweet escape through a series of interactive art installations in over a dozen environments. The sweet sanctuary was curated by Hollywood Candy Queen Jackie Sorkin and celebrates the bright colors and flavors of sweet treats. Candytopia is located at 145 West 32nd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues and is open until Nov. 15. Tickets cost $34 for adults and […]

  • Doggie makeover: Special treatment for a rescue dog looking for her forever home

    NEW YORK — Sometimes life can be a little ruff for dogs waiting to be adopted. Selena the dog, who was rescued from a puppy mill in Missouri just weeks ago, received some special treatment to let her feel better and look better before finding her forever family. PIX11 joined Selena and North Shore Animal League as she got a makeover at D-Pet Hotels in Chelsea, a full service dog spa. Ted Moriates of the North Shore Animal League special treatment for […]

  • Bendix Diner’s blind inspiration

    NEW JERSEY — It’s not everyday you can get your breakfast with a side of inspiration. PIX11 visited Bendix Diner to meet with John Diakakis, the blind waiter who has inspired many. Diakakis, who has been blind since birth didn’t always have it easy, but he didn’t let it stop him from working at the New Jersey diner his family owns. He has been able to maneuver through the restaurant and makes all his customers feel at home.

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