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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
  • Adopt a Pet From L.A.-Area Shelters

    Ashley Rodriguez of L.A. Animal Services brought 6-year-old Gigi to the KTLA set Friday at 3 p.m. with Lu Parker and Mark Mester. Gigi is available at North Central Shelter. For information on all the city shelters, click here.    

  • Running A Marathon To Inspire You

    Runners who say they are running the LA Marathon shared their stories of inspiration today on the KTLA set at 3p with Lu Parker and Glen Walker. Hear what they say has inspired them to run no matter what.  

  • Helpful Tips For Caring For A New Pup

    LA Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette stopped by the KTLA 5 studios to chat with Lu Parker and Glen Walker about helpful tips for new pet owners.  Plus, she brought the cutest little pup named Calvin who is looking for a new home.  Check out more dogs and cats who need homes here.

  • A Former Monk Turned Social Media Star

    Former monk Jay Shetty  sat down with KTLA’s Lu Parker to share his story of going from a monk to a social media sensation.  Hear what the millennial believes are the keys to success and where you can find happiness in your life.  

  • Tips for New Dog Owners

    LA Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette joined Lu Parker and Glen Walker on the set of the KTLA News at 3p.  She brought little Conelo who was looking for a forever home.  For more adoptable dogs and cats, visit the 6 city shelters here.  

  • LA Shelters Need Fosters

    General Manager Brenda Barnette of LA Animal Services brought 8 week old Gus to the KTLA News at 1p with Lu Parker and Glen Walker.  Gus is one of many animals looking for a new home in Los Angeles. URGENT: Also, the North Central shelter is in major need of space for renovation construction.  They are asking for the public to please foster an adult dog to clear cages for next week. (March 5)  No experience is needed.  You can […]

  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Plastic Surgery

    Plastic Surgeon Dr. Rady Rahban visits the KTLA News at 3p with Lu Parker and Glen Walker. Dr. Rahban shares important information you need to know if you are planning to go under the knife.  One of his patients, Victor Leyton also shares his experience.  Hear what Victor says he wishes he knew before getting surgery.  

  • When You Co-Sign For Someone, What Are Your Legal Rights?

    Legal Expert Alison Triessl joined Lu Parker and Glen Walker on the KTLA 5 News at 3p to discuss legal rights for people who have co-signed with a friend, family member or business partner.  

  • A 365 Day Social Experiment

    Producer-Director Kenji Christopher Green visits the KTLA News at 3p with Lu Parker and Glen Walker to discuss his year long labor of love. Your Date Project  features a different person on their birthday each day of 2018.  People from all walks of life, from teenagers to centennials, from police officers to public figures are represented.  To help fund Kenji’s project, click here.