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Marissa Parra joined the WSET family as a reporter in December 2015. She came to Lynchburg from WUSA-TV in Washington D.C. where she worked as a video editor for a year.

Born in Florida and raised in Maryland, she's happy to add Virginia to the growing list of places she's called home. As a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, she's looking forward to all of the hiking, rock climbing and skydiving the central Virginia area has to offer.

Marissa is a proud Maryland Terrapin and 2015 broadcast journalism graduate from Merrill College. She is grateful to the devoted members of the college who helped get her where she is today.

During her time at the University of Maryland, she spent most of her days at Capital News Service TV. Over the course of four years she manned cameras, produced, directed, reported and anchored shows as well as managed the production crew behind the scenes. Essentially, there was no job at CNS-TV that she couldn't do.

Marissa doesn't take for granted the privilege that comes with the first amendment. In an effort to investigate freedom of the press in post-Soviet Europe, Marissa traveled to Latvia and Estonia to interview oppressed journalists. It was there that she fostered a deep appreciation for the vital need for public access to accurate information.

Marissa is always looking for new ways to inspire and be inspired. If you'd like to share a story you'd like to see covered (or maybe just swap ideas for a new adventure), you can email her at