Lu Parker
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As an Emmy- and Genesis Award-winning journalist, Lu Parker works as an anchor and special-assignment reporter for KTLA.

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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Recent Articles
  • Foods that Make you Feel Full; Health Smart

    If you want to curve your cravings, Dr. Kojian recommends cutting the carbs. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on January 21, 2015. For more information on Dr. Kojian visit his website.  

  • Alcohol Poisoning; Health Smart

    Six people a day die from alcohol poisoning. Experts warn that it’s not just college students who are suffering from the toxic intoxication. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 11 on January 12, 2015.    

  • Healing Crystals; Health Smart

    For centuries people have been collecting crystals and rocks for their healing powers, check out how these stones can help you. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on January 7, 2015. For more information on the healing crystals visit the Energy Muse website.

  • T-Cell Immunotherapy Treatment; Health Smart

    City of Hope is testing a new trial for T-Cell Immunotherapy that detects cancer cells and then destroys them. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 11. For more information on City of Hope visit their website.

  • Garlic Can Help Combat Heart Disease; Health Smart

    Garlic has properties which help to fight off heart disease and reduce plaque in your arteries. After a clinical study, capsules have shown surprising results. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 11 on December 9, 2014. For more information on the benefits of garlic capsules visit the Kyolic website.  

  • Char’s Chakras; Health Smart

    Intuitive-Medium, Char Margolis, explains the centers of the Chakras and how to get in touch with your own spirituality through meditative practice. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on December 4, 2014. For more information on Char and her practice, visit  

  • Chinese Tea and Tonics; Health Smart

    Chinese herbs used for thousands of years can help to reverse aging and even add years to your life. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on December 1, 2014. For more information on Dragon Herbs and Chinese medicine visit their website.  

  • Addiction to Texting and Driving Similar to Gambling; Health Smart

    Even though we know texting and driving is dangerous, many still cannot break the bad habit. KTLA is giving you the science behind texting while driving. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on November 19, 2014.    

  • Grow a Mustache for Men’s Health; Health Smart

    Boston Medical Group is offering free screenings for men’s health during the month of November. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. For more information on the Mustache Movement visit the Movember website.