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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.

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    Smart Speak: Health Smart

    Remember the old addage sticks and stones will break my bones…but names will never hurt me??? Well research shows and psychologists insist, words do wound.  In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker with a mother’s call to action to combat childhood hate speech. To book a smart speech, click here. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 3pm on January 15, 2016.

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    Body Scans: Health Smart

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    Dermatologist App: Health Smart

    Skin is the bodies largest organ- and with such a large surface area, keeping it safe and healthy should be a top priority. But with doctors appointments taking time and money, some of us neglect the skin we are in. In this Health Smart, our Lu Parker has got the download on a digital dermatologist app. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News on January 6, 2016 at 10pm.

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    Gift Returns: Legal Smart

    In this Legal Smart: navigating the process of return policies! If you are holding on to some unwanted gifts- legal expert Alison Triessl explains what you should know before trying to send them back to the North Pole. Our Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 3pm on December 31, 2015.

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    Beard Grooming: Health Smart

    Move over Movember— Decembeard is giving men another reason to grow facial hair for a good cause. Decembeard is dedicated to bringing awareness to bowel cancer…but making the move to sport some face fuzz may end up benefitting your own health in more ways than you think. Our Lu Parker explains in this Health Smart. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on December 22, 2015. To learn more about Mystic Man Beard Oil, click here.

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    Fight Bike: Health Smart

    It’s that time of year again- a season filled with holiday parties, cocktails and of course lots of food…but before you get comfy we’ve got a workout to keep the festive fun without gaining the flab. In this Health Smart a machine from the 70’s has been upgraded to get you in shape, and our Lu Parker is taking it for a spin. Lu Parker reports on the KTLA5 News at 10pm on December 21, 2015. To learn more about […]

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    Legal Smart: Airport Security Shortcuts

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