News 4 reporter Marissa Schwartz joined the News 4 team in June of 2012.
From a very young age, Marissa Schwartz knew that journalism was her calling. When she was just 10
years old, she anchored for her Orinda, California elementary school's weekly news program. A few years later,
Marissa headed to Boston, where she enrolled at Northeastern University, a school known for its "cooperative
learning" philosophy, which requires that undergraduate students undertake 18 months of professional experience
as part of their education. In Marissa's case, this meant interning for New England Cable News and CNN, where
she had the opportunity to cover the 2008 presidential election.
Soon after the election, Marissa packed up and headed home to San Francisco. She arrived smack in the middle
of the worst job market California had seen in more than 50 years. A short stint in PR, followed by a shorter
stint as a waitress in a Squaw Valley restaurant, Marissa enrolled in graduate school at the University of
Nevada’s Reynolds School of Journalism. During graduate school, Marissa was hired as an intern at KRNV in
Reno, Nev. She produced the groundbreaking News 4 Forum for more than a year before taking her current position
as a reporter.
When she's not working on a story, Marissa can be found adventuring around the world (she loves to travel),
exploring our area’s culinary delights, skiing powder at Squaw Valley or Mt. Rose, spending time with her family
and riding her road bike. Marissa has a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Northeastern University and in
January 2013 earned an Master's Degree in Interactive Journalism from The Reynolds School at the University of
Nevada in Reno.