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
  • Rumer Willis Workout; Health Smart

    Her fancy footwork has impressed America, but Rumer Willis’ personal trainer says you don’t have to spend hours in the gym or on the ballroom floor to get in shape. Lu Parker goes one on one with the man behind willis’ routine for some exercises everyone can use on the KTLA News at 10pm on April 27, 2015. Click here for Three Moves to Get a Sexy Body Like Rumer Willis. For other helpful links to get in shape visit the […]

  • 5 Most Addictive Foods in the World; Health Smart

    From Doritos® to Oreos to M&M’S®, which one of America’s favorite junk foods is considered the most addictive? A brand new list has ranked five popular munchies solely based on their ability to hook snackers into a major food binge.  Lu Parker takes a closer look at the list plus some healthy alternatives. Lu Parker reports for the KTLA5 News at 10 p.m. on April 14, 2015.  For more slimming swap outs, head to Eat This, Not That!

  • Vision Symptoms to Take Seriously; Health Smart

    They say eyes are the windows to the soul… but did you know your eyes can actually reveal a lot about your overall health? Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on April 6, 2015.  

  • 3-D Heart Model Printing; Health Smart

    3-D technology continues to break ground in the medical world. Now only KTLA has your first look at how researchers and doctors at Cedars Sinai are using this technique to save lives in a way that’s never been done before. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on March 31, 2015. For more information on 3-D Printing go to the Cedars Sinai website.

  • Treadmill Death Test; Health Smar

    A John’s Hopkins Medicine treadmill test can predict your chances of dying in the next 10 years. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on March 17, 2015. For more information on the test, visit the John’s Hopkins Medicine website.

  • Get the skinny on a new service putting one-on-one fitness in the palm of your hand – no pricey membership required. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 10 on March 9, 2015. For more info on the RenewU Fitness App go to the website.

  • Eating Disorder Awareness; Health Smart

    It’s estimated that 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder. Certified Eating Disorder Specialist is committed to shedding the secrecy and shame behind eating disorders through the “Shake it Up! Accept Yourself” Movement. Lu Parker reports on KTLA News at 11 on March 6, 2015. For more information on “Shake it Up! Accept Yourself” go to the website. For more information the National Eating Disorder Awareness walk in Santa Monica, visit NEDA’s website.

  • 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  1125 190th St. Gardena, CA […]

  • 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.