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As an Emmy- and Genesis Award-winning journalist, Lu Parker works as an anchor on the KTLA 5 News at 1 and KTLA 5 News at 3. She also contributes daily reports for KTLA’s Health Smart segments, which air on the KTLA 5 News at 10.

Lu joined KTLA in January 2005 from KENS-TV (CBS affiliate) in San Antonio, where she hosted and helped create the entertainment program “Great Day S.A.” Prior to that, Lu served as the main news anchor at KABB-TV (Fox affiliate) in San Antonio. She began her television career as a news reporter at WCSC-TV (CBS affiliate) in Charleston, S.C.

Before her career in broadcasting, Lu was a ninth-grade English literature teacher. In 1994, while representing the state of South Carolina, Lu won the title of Miss USA 1994. She went on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, where she placed among the top six finalists. Lu is also the author of “Catching the Crown: The Source for Pageant Competition.”

Lu has co-hosted the Hollywood Christmas Parade twice and has reported from behind the scenes at the Tournament of Roses Parade. In addition to her KTLA reporting duties, Lu has played a reporter/anchor on television shows like TNT’s “Major Crimes,” Fox’s “Lie To Me,” USA’s “Monk” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives.” She’s also appeared on the big screen in the blockbuster film “The Green Hornet.”

Lu has an English degree from the College of Charleston where she was named Alumnus of the Year. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in education from the Citadel. Lu has also been presented with the Palmetto Award, the highest civilian honor given in the state of South Carolina. She has also been recognized in the South Carolina Congressional Record twice as an outstanding South Carolinian.

In her free time, Lu is an advocate for homeless animals. In 2010, she created Lu Parker Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless animals, and at-risk teenagers through education, the arts and community projects. Lu was honored with a Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States. She was recognized for her outstanding reporting and creative portrayals of animal protection issues in three stellar segments, including an investigation into puppy mills. She is an avid hiker, and has been a vegetarian for 25 years. She participates in dozens of charity events annually raising money for children, animals and the needy. Lu lives in Los Angeles with her cat and dog.

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    More than 37 million people in the U.S. are affected by migraines…but for 2 to 3 million of those sufferers, the classification is chronic. Chronic migraines are not just bad headaches, they are an illness that can significantly diminish one’s quality of life. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker is taking a closer look at some non-traditional ways to put mental pains on the mend. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on July 19, 2016.

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    Summer Crime: Legal Smart

    As the temperature rises, so does the crime rate, according to the Department of Justice. In this Legal Smart, our Alison Triessl has the tips to take down your risk of falling victim to the summer scams. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 3PM on July 14, 2016.

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    Mattress Toxins: Health Smart

    Did you know it’s recommended to change your mattresses every 8 to 9 years? But the truth is, most swap out their cars more often than their mattresses! If you are craving a better night’s sleep, our Lu Parker finds out why investing into a new mattress is a major Health Smart move…plus, your chance to win one…for free! Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on July 13, 2016. To learn more about Brentwood Home mattresses, click […]

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    Bethany Hamilton: Health Smart

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    Competition Classes: Health Smart

    Summer is right around the corner, and in this Health Smart our Lu Parker is clipping in at a spin studio that kicks your cardio and competitive spirit into high gear. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on June 14, 2016. For more information on Flywheel, click here.

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    Disabilities and Media: Health Smart

    Statistics show 20% of Americans have some sort of disability, but the numbers also reveal from film and TV, to music and magazines, people with special needs are drastically underrepresented in today’s pop culture. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker gets a ‘first look’ of a pilot created to change how physical and mental challenges are seen in mainstream media. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on June 8, 2016.  

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    Healthy Relationships: Health Smart

    If it it’s supposed to be ’til death do you part,’ then why are there so many failed marriages and partnerships today? In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker checks in with a local relationship expert to help singles and couples get ‘love smart.’ Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on May 31, 2016.

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    Health Smart: Measure Your Metabolism

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    What’s in a Label?: Health Smart

    In this Health Smart, if you are trying to watch what you eat, it might be time to take a closer look…at the food labels. To help better navigate those grocery aisles, our Lu Parker is breaking down some basic nutrition knowledge with Registered Dietician LeeAnn Weintraub. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10PM on May 18, 2016.