Jerrita Patterson

Reporter

I joined the CBS 6 News team in December 2011, and I am over-the-top excited to return to Virginia after spending my college years here in the Commonwealth.

I am originally from Bowling Green, Kentucky, but grew-up in Nashville, Tennessee. My television career started in my hometown of Nashville, where I was an Associate Producer, Web Editor and Weekend Producer at WKRN-TV. Two years later I made the move across the country to Butte/Bozeman, Montana. I started as a Reporter, but was soon promoted to Morning Anchor at KXLF/KBZK-TV. After two years of frigid, arctic temperatures, I packed up leaving only my parka and snow boots behind and headed to Columbia, South Carolina. There I spent two years as a Reporter/Weekend Anchor at WACH Fox News. The next part of my journey would take me to Florence, Alabama, where I spent a year as a Bureau Reporter with WHNT-TV.

I have been honored to interview everyone from poet Nikki Giovanni, former NBA player Alonzo Mourning, to President Barack Obama. But my most memorable interview was with 101-year-old South Carolina native Donella Wilson, a self-proclaimed political buff. Ms. Wilson has been voting for decades and said she was proud to “exercise a right, once denied.”

I am a proud graduate from Hampton University (the real HU) and I am a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

When I am not working, you will find me somewhere cheering on my Hampton Pirates, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, adding to my shoe-collection, at a local comedy club or working on maintaining my "Best Auntie" title with my precious niece, Brooklyn.

My motto is: "Never settle, until your dreams become reality. But never forget, your reality is someone else's dream."

I refer to myself as a “lifeaholic” and love living life to the fullest. I am blessed to live out a dream, which allows me to tell the stories affecting my community each and every day. When you see me out please feel free to stop me and tell me your story.

Recent Articles

  • Vietnam scales back search efforts for missing Malaysian plane

    Posted on: 7:59 am, March 12, 2014, by , updated on: 08:01am, March 12, 2014

    The lack of a clear direction prompted Vietnam to say Wednesday that it's pulling back on its search efforts for now.
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  • Pair escapes Chesterfield house fire

    Posted on: 7:07 am, March 12, 2014, by , updated on: 01:44pm, March 12, 2014

    Fire investigators said the fire was caused by "combustible material" left too close to a wood stove.
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    Chesterfield house fire
  • Neighbors alert family to Henrico house fire

    Posted on: 6:49 am, March 12, 2014, by , updated on: 07:08am, March 12, 2014

    Two adults and one child were able to make it out of the rear of their home uninjured, following a house fire.
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    Bridgewater Drive House Fire
  • School bus note prompts Cold Harbor Elementary lock down

    Posted on: 8:39 am, March 7, 2014, by and , updated on: 12:49pm, March 7, 2014

    "The Sheriff’s Office will remain at each Hanover County Public School’s campus throughout the remainder of the day in order to reassure students, faculty, and parents," Hanover County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Chris Whitley wrote in an email.
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    Hanover School lockdown
  • Fight over Medicaid could lead to government shutdown in VA

    Posted on: 1:11 pm, March 5, 2014, by , updated on: 01:28pm, March 5, 2014

    At the center of the budget battle is whether or not to expand the Medicaid program to nearly 400,000 Virginians.
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  • New Jersey gas line explosion leaves one dead, dozens displaced

    Posted on: 6:23 am, March 5, 2014, by , updated on: 06:32am, March 5, 2014

    The body of a woman was found in the rubble, following the deadly explosion in Ewing Township, New Jersey.
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  • Chesterfield man charged with drunk driving at twice the legal limit

    Posted on: 5:25 am, March 5, 2014, by , updated on: 02:30pm, March 5, 2014

    Police have arrested Robert Vaughn for drunk driving, which resulted in an early morning crash.
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    3-5 chesterfield drunk driver
  • Heavy rain, mudslides threaten California

    Posted on: 6:50 am, February 28, 2014, by , updated on: 06:58am, February 28, 2014

    Some areas in Southern California are evacuating because of the potential for flash floods Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles County.
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    Ca Rain
  • Former NFL star Darren Sharper, facing fresh rape charges, turns himself in

    Posted on: 6:33 am, February 28, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:31pm, February 28, 2014

    If convicted he faces a possible sentence of life in prison without parole.
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    Darren Sharper
  • McAuliffe talks offshore drilling, healthcare and standardized testing

    Posted on: 4:53 pm, February 27, 2014, by , updated on: 06:34pm, February 27, 2014

    Virginia's new governor, Terry McAuliffe took questions from listeners in the monthly "Ask the Governor" radio show.
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  • Major overhaul ahead for food labels

    Posted on: 7:47 am, February 27, 2014, by and , updated on: 07:08pm, February 27, 2014

    The new rules, which would go into effect two years after they are finalized, are redesigned to make it clearer for Americans to know how many calories they are consuming.
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    Nutrition labels getting a makeover
  • Texas judge rejects gay marriage ban

    Posted on: 7:44 am, February 27, 2014, by , updated on: 08:21am, February 27, 2014

    The Texas ruling appears to be that of a national trend joining five others including Virginia, looking to change the same-sex marriage ban.
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    marriage bans overturned