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
  • 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.

  • New York Bully Crew on the front lines to save pets

    One in seven households in New York City have dogs — roughly nearly half a million canine companions across all five boroughs. However, not all of them live in a loving home and that’s where the New York Bully Crew steps in. This group of pet first responders is on the front lines of life and death. So far this year, the New York Bully Crew has rescued 15 dogs. A small team of dedicated staff and volunteers keep this […]

  • Most popular baby names of 2017

    Oh baby! The top baby names of 2017 are here. BabyCenter released their list of the most popular names of the year; Sophia tops the list as the most popular girl name for the eighth consecutive year, while Jackson holds the top spot for the fifth year in a row. Some honorable mentions that got a boost this year included names of rappers, basketball champions, and Disney characters: Kendrick and Chance – names of two rappers – saw a spike […]

  • Marissa shares her recipes for holiday drinks

    Marissa shares her recipe for holiday drinks. First Drink:  Marissa’s Special Nog Ingredients: Egg Nog Ginger Ale Directions: Mix in the Egg Nog and Ginger Ale (amounts based on your liking) and serve! Second Drink: Cranberry cocktails Ingredients: Seltzer water Vodka Cranberry simple syrup  (or cranberry juice) Lemon wedge for garnish Directions: Pour in a small amount of the cranberry simple syrup. Add in the vodka to your liking. Add in seltzer water. For garnish, cut a wedge of lemon and […]

  • Fall fashion fixes

    Transitioning your clothes rom summer to fall doesn’t need to put a dent in your wallet. Tiffany Yanetta of showed PIX11’s Marissa Torres some budget friendly ways to transition your summer wardrobe into the fall and how to update your winter looks with a few tricks that will help you save even more money!

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