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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
  • Fighting ALS; Health Smart

    Every 90 minutes, a person in the world is diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Lu Parker meets one local woman using her ALS battle to inspire others. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on February 20, 2015. For more facts about ALS: To find out more about Joely’s mission: “Rolling the Dice with ALS” Hosted by Faith 4 Pals, Inc. & Legado Hotels In Honor & Support of Joely Swenson Saturday, May 2, 2015 5:30pm […]

  • Early Onset Alzheimer’s; Health Smart

    Up to 5% of the 5 million people with Alzheimer’s develop the disease before age 65. Gary Bricker is battling his Early Onset Alzheimers diagnosis with wife, Lisa, by his side. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on February 19, 2015. To follow the Bricker’s journey, visit their blog To find support for Alzheimer’s patients and families visit the Alzheimer’s Association website. For more information on the Alzheimers Prevention Program go to the Cedars Sinai website.

  • The Love Experiment; Health Smart

    You’ve heard of love at first sight, but what about love in 36 questions? That’s what it takes to find your true match – according to a recent New York Times experiment. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on February, 18 2015. Click here to check out the 36 questions. For more information on the Vixzy  curated dating, visit their website.  

  • Freezing Eggs for Fertility; Health Smart

    Women aged 34 have only a 15% chance of a successful pregnancy but technology is allowing for women to have a career and family with egg freezing. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on February 15, 2015. If you are interested in the facts about freezing Eggbanxx is holding an open event February 17th from 6-8pm at the Beverly Wilshire. For more information visit the EggBanxx website. 

  • Acroyoga; Health Smart

    Can yoga improve your romantic partnership? Acroyoga promises a form of couples therapy, for yoga newbies to experts. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10pm on February, 12, 2015. For more information on Acroyoga visit their website.

  • Broken Heart Syndrome is caused by serious emotional stress – but what can you do to heal the heart? Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on February 11, 2015. For more information on the “love hormone” go to Dr. Berger’s website.  

  • The Tom Brady Diet; Health Smart

    Tom Brady is a 4 time Super Bowl Champ, many credit his dedication to his diet for keeping him healthy and focused on the field. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 11 on January 29, 2015. For more details about the Tom Brady Diet visit

  • Music Therapy Lightens the Darkness of Dementia; Health Smart

    The Music and Memory program provides iPods to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The musical therapy has proven to make patients more alert and even help them to recall memories. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 11 on February 5, 2015. For more information about the Music and Memory program, visit their website.

  • Cochlear Connection; Health Smart

    3-year old Valerie Salcedo was given a hearing impaired diagnosis at infancy.  She us one of the many patients who use Cochlear Implants to improve her hearing. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on February 4, 2015. For more information on the Providence Speech and Hearing Center visit their website.