The Maryland native began her career in Abilene, Texas where she was an evening reporter for KRBC. She then moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to report and anchor for THV11, the CBS affiliate. THV11 is where she exposed Little Rock’s crime problems, outdated county ordinances and prompted policy changes.
When a powerful EF-4 tornado tracked 44 miles through the heart of Arkansas, Marlisa was one of the first journalists on the ground. In April 2014, she helped lead team coverage from the most devastated areas. Her stories became part of the newscast that won THV11 a regional EMMY award.
While in the natural state, Marlisa covered national stories like the Bobby Moore trials, the state takeover of the Little Rock School District and the kidnapping and murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter. She also had the opportunity to travel the nation covering news stories like the Ferguson shooting and killing of Michael Brown and historic flooding in Columbia, South Carolina.
Marlisa is a graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. During her collegiate years she studied abroad in Angers, France where she attended de Universite de l'Ouest.
Marlisa is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
In her spare time she enjoys traveling, trying new food and volunteering.
If you have any story idea you'd like her to look into, she'd love to hear from you. Email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.