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
  • E-Injuries on the Rise: Health Smart

    Electronics have become a part our everyday lives. From texting, to typing the new way we work and communicate may not be doing our bodies any favors. Here are some glitches to look out for. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on Aug. 27, 2014.

  • #30DaysSelfLove Challenge: Health Smart

    The challenge for the 30 days of loving yourself is on. The movements creator, Sarah Karges, says it changed her life and wants you to feel the love. Arm yourself with an iPhone or any recording device you can join the challenge. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on Aug. 27, 2014. For more information on how to accept the challenge go to the #30daysselflove website.

  • Emergency Contraception: Health Smart

    When even “Plan B” isn’t an option, doctors say you that birth control could be an alternative. Lu Parker reports at on KTLA News at 10 on Aug. 26, 2014.

  • How to Get Emmy Ready: Health Smart

    Celebrities have the big budget to cleanse and pamper before their big events. But if you want to get glam for less check out these Health Smart tips. Lu Parker reports on KTLA at 10 on Aug. 25, 2014.  

  • Safe and Healthy Tips for Losing Weight Fast

    In this edition of Health Smart, Lu Parker shares some safe and healthy suggestions for losing weight fast.

  • Curbing Calories on Your Favorite Mexican Foods: Health Smart

    Everyone loves Mexican food, now you can satisfy the cravings and curb the calories with these HealthSmart tips for fiesta fare without the guilt or the gut. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on Aug. 22, 2014. For more information on Red-O Restaurant and healthy Mexican eats go to their website.

  • Mosquito Bite Myths: Health Smart

    Everyone is enjoying the last of the summer nights but a recent outbreak of West Nile in Orange County has left some heading indoors. Here are some tips on how to keep the mosquito’s from bugging you. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 11 on Aug. 21, 2014.  

  • A Pre-Workout Warm Up and Stretch are Key to a Killer Workout; Lu Parker Stretches the Strategy for Health Smart

    Want to add a little extra “umph” to your workout? Experts say a pre-workout warm up and stretch can help to reach your fitness goals by readying your muscles for the work ahead. Lu Parker reports for KTLA News at 11 on Aug. 20, 2014. For more tips on stretching visit Dr. Mandelbaum’s website.

  • Keep Your Foods Fresh with These Tips: Health Smart

    Sometimes keeping your foods at their freshest can be tough. Follow these tips to boil the best egg, keep those avocados and tomatoes fresh, and more. Lu Parker reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Aug. 19, 2014.