CLEVELAND — Marisa Saenz is an investigative reporter for WKYC Channel 3News.
She joined the 3News investigative unit in January 2022. Prior to that, she was a general assignment reporter.
Before joining the WKYC news team in March 2021, Marisa spent two years in El Paso, Texas, where she started her broadcast career at KFOX14 TV and CBS4 Local. During her time there, Marisa covered international stories, including breaking news of asylum seekers crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, the devastating Cielo Vista Aug. 3 Walmart shooting that left 23 people dead, and the surge in COVID-19 cases in the Borderland that made international news.
While Marisa’s passion lies in telling stories across the board, she’s most passionate in telling investigative pieces that allow her to help solve problems Northeast Ohioans are facing.
Marisa graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor's degree in Multiplatform Journalism and a minor in Political Science. She is a proud alumna of Zeta Tau Alpha. Before graduating, Marisa dedicated her months to internships in newsrooms in Houston and San Antonio, where her foundation for writing, shooting, interview strengthened.
When she's not reporting, you can find Marisa all around town, exploring a new state, city, and scene. Born and raised in the Houston, Texas area, Marisa has been spending time learning all the great sights and sounds Northeast Ohio has to offer.
Marisa, a self-proclaimed remarkable chef, spends ample time in her kitchen, trying local coffee shops around the city, and long-distance running on the lakefront.
Feel free to share your favorite local eateries or story ideas with Marisa via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.