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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.

More information at http://LuParker.com and http://luparkerproject.org.


Recent Articles
  • Turning Tragedy Into Hope: Robert Shapiro Family Story

    Lu Parker reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Nov. 14, 2017. Famed Los Angeles attorney Robert Shapiro and his wife Linell sat down with KTLA’s Lu Parker to talk about losing their 24 year old son Brent to complications of mixing illegal drugs and alcohol. Since Brent’s death in 2005, the Shapiros have been working tirelessly to make sure this never happens to another family by creating the Brent Shapiro Foundation which focuses on fighting drug abuse and dependency. EXCLUSIVE:  […]

  • Legal Smart- Accusations Against Senator Al Franken

    Attorney Alison Triessl sits down with Lu Parker and Glen Walker on the KTLA 5 News at 3p to discuss accusations of sexual harassment against Senator Al Franken.

  • Speaking Out Against Farm Animal Abuse- Author Nathan Runkle

    Nathan Runkle, the founder of the non-profit group Mercy For Animals visits the KTLA 5 News at 3p to discuss topics in his new book also called Mercy For Animals.  Nathan shares his views with Lu Parker and Glen Walker on living a vegan life, what inspired him to create a non-profit, and his thoughts on the future of food.

  • A new vending machine in a University of California Davis study room is shown carrying Plan B pills. (Credit: CNN)

    Morning After Pill Offered in Vending Machines on Some California College Campuses

    Students at some California universities can purchase Plan B in vending machines on campus, eliciting reaction from those in favor of the recent move and those against it. Lu Parker reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Nov. 15, 2017.

  • Animal-Free Fabulous Fashions

    Cruelty-free fashion is showing up more and more these days. Lu Parker interviews LA based Fashion Stylist Christina Sewell on the KTLA 5 News at 3p.  Check out the vegan brands that are cool alternatives to leather, suede and much more.  

  • Malibu Sanctuary Is Saving Wild Mustangs

    Lu Parker interviews Clare Staples, the founder of SkyDog Ranch Wild Mustang Sanctuary, and Chesney the Mustang on the KTLA 5 News at 3.  Visit the organization’s website to learn more about saving Mustangs and giving them a place to heal.  

  • What To Expect When Visiting Your Local Animal Shelter

    General Manager Brenda Barnette of LA Animal Services visits the KTLA News Desk at 1p with little Chase who is looking for a forever home.  Lu Parker, Rick Chambers and Kaj Goldberg interview Brenda about family outings to LA’s six city shelters.  

  • What Is Inside the Tiffany Box?- Talk to Lu

    Lu Parker breaks down the new Home Collection by Tiffany but also opens a co-worker’s Tiffany box.  What was inside?  Talk to Lu on the KTLA 5 Morning News at 10a.

  • The Mask Of Masculinity- How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability

    Author and athlete Lewis Howes shares his new book “The Mask of Masculinity” with Lu Parker and Glen Walker on the KTLA News at 3p.  Howes reveals how men can embrace being vulnerable and how to remove the masks many men wear in life.