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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
  • Miss USA 2017 sits down with Lu Parker

    Miss USA 2017, Kara MccCullough visits the KTLA set to chat with Lu Parker, Miss USA 1994 about her current reign and her non-profit that encourages youth to get interested in science.

  • Entertain Your Pets with Indoor Games

    Tiffani Hamilton of Los Angeles Animal Services joined Lu Parker and Mark Mester on set for the KTLA News at 1p to introduce one year old Chili.  She also discussed indoor game options for pets to keep your furry family members active.  There are six Los Angeles area animal shelters.

  • The Best Way to Balance Your Budget

    Financial Expert MJ Harris talks money “balance” with Lu Parker and Mark Mester on the KTLA News at 3p.m.  Plus, he shares what you should do first, if you lose your job.

  • The Benefits of Meditation for Children

    Tal Rabinowitz, the owner of DEN Meditation visited the set of the KTLA News at 3p with Lu Parker and Glen Walker.  Tal explained the benefits of children learning to meditate and shared information about an upcoming workshop focused on kids.

  • 3-Year-Old Recovering From Heart Surgery Gets a Big Surprise From Riverside Police

    As their 3-year-old son recovered from heart surgery, a Moreno Valley family’s home was broken into, and thieves stole all their Christmas presents. Then the Riverside Police Department stepped up in a big way to help. Lu Parker and Glen Walker report on the KTLA 5 News at 1.    

  • Health Smart: App to Tackle OCD

    Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from some form of obsessive compulsive disorder, but an innovative new app (created by a local college student) called nOCD promises to provide immediate guidance to help users tackle the disorder. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on 12/19/17.  

  • 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 including Pixie Mood that are cool alternatives to leather, suede and much more.    

  • Sisters On A Mission To Get Us Healthy with Plant-Based Foods

    West Hollywood based sisters Jenny and Heather join Lu Parker and Glen Walker on the KTLA 5 News at 3p to share healthy plant-based foods for the holidays.  Check out Spork Foods for additional information including gift certificates for their vegan cooking classes.  

  • Keeping Your Pet Safe During The Holidays

    Brenda Barnette, Manager of LA Animal Services visits the KTLA 5 News at 3p with 4 month old Icey.  Lu Parker and Glen Walker discuss ways to keep your pet safe during the holidays.  Find more adoptable animals at our LA City Shelters.